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Max Frankel: "A piece of me has never stopped being a refugee"
February 28, 2011
By The IRC
"A piece of me has never stopped being a refugee."
- Max Frankel
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor and columnist for the New York Times, Max Frankel was born in eastern Germany in 1930, and expelled with his family to Poland by the Nazis in 1938, along with thousands of other Jews.
Sent by the Times to help cover the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Frankel describes in this video interview what happened after Russian tanks rolled in to crush the revolt: People started streaming across the potato fields, in cold weather, in the middle of the night, to seek safety in Austria It was, he says, "exactly the experience I had had when we were dumped on the border of Poland." Frankel says some of the most passionate dispatches he ever wrote in his long career were written in those weeks.
Frankel was honored by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in November 2010 as one of ten "Refugees of Distinction."
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