The Midwest Book Review
Pursuit Of Freedom: A True Story Of The Enduring Power Of Hope
And Dreams is the compelling autobiography of Susanne M. Reyto.
She tells of life in Hungary, and the ravages that the nation
faced - first from the Nazis, then from the rapacious claims
of Communism, which exhorted taking from the people to give to
the party. Families were torn apart; respected citizens were
ostracized, and author Susanne Reyto had to navigate the treacherous
environment to build her own life, and cling to hope amidst darkness
A moving true story of human endurance and the will to realize
Susanne Reyto gives a remarkable account
of life, beginning with Nazism, followed by Communism in Hungary.
She was only 13 when,
after several unsuccessful attempts, her family was finally able
to leave. Nevertheless, her childhood memories are sharp and insightful.
of Freedom is a moving personal drama, as well as an important historical
memoir of this turbulent era."
Congressman Tom Lantos
House International Relations Committee
United States Congress
"Pursuit of Freedom is an enthralling tapestry
of family memories. The black & white snapshots tell a thousand
stories. What Susanne's family lived through is an ugly era in our
global story, which has
much bearing on this time of terrorism & religious tyranny, in
such societies as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran & North Korea. It also
serves to remind us that we forget the stories of our past at our
peril. It gripped me from page one & didn't let go until its
Review by Rebecca Brown of RebeccasReads.com
"Wow! Your story of survival
is incredible. I am in awe of your tenacity and courage in
the face of utter evil. Finally there is a book that tells the
about the horror it turned a blind eye to!"
Jessica Keet, Los
work is an extraordinary memoir of life under Nazism and Communism.
In a highly textured, beautifully descriptive style, she makes
it possible for the reader to experience tragedy and human strength on many
levels; both through the eyes of a five-year-old child and her mother. A
whole culture and society is exposed."
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Speaker, Author of The Ten Commandments
"Pursuit of Freedom is the most compelling
book I read in the last couple of years. Everybody should read
it. Please send me 20 copies
for my book group to read."
Sharon Crandall, Piedmont CA
"Wow, your book, Pursuit of Freedom, is awesome. It touched my heart
and I learned so much from it. I couldnít put it down. Even though
Iím not a speed-reader, I finished it in two days."
Los Angeles, CA
"What an extraordinary life. I have known you for almost forty years,
and now I really know what made you the way you are. Survivor of
Judy Ruderman, Los Angeles, CA
"I am so much in awe.† Pursuit
of Freedom is an amazing story,
beautifully written. I canít wait for my grandchildren to read it
and discuss it with them."
Lee Frank, Los Angeles, CA
"My heartiest congratulations for writing this moving, extraordinary
story of your survival. You have done a service for one and all.
Dr Edward J Pfeiffer, Pasadena, CA
"An outstanding book! Pursuit
the gripping story reveals living under two of the most oppressive
regimes the world has ever
seenóNazism and Communism. Despite the horrors of your life, the
book is never downbeat, but uplifting and inspiring. It shows the
power of hope, dreams and unbeatable spirit. Itís a must read!"
Daskal, Los Angeles, CA
"I am so impressed with your book, Pursuit
of Freedom. I started to read it standing in the kitchen and two
hours later I was still
there. I couldnít put it down. You are a real survivor. You didnít
let adversity destroy your spirit."
Ildy Rosen, Palos Verdes Estates,
Pursuit of Freedom taught me a lot. I knew quite a bit about the
Nazi period but I certainly learned a lot about the atrocities
committed by the Communists. Thank you for bringing it to our awareness.
We all need to learn from it."
"I just finished reading your excellent
memoir. I found
it to be extremely moving, especially the parts remembered by you
your mother during the Nazi regime and the Communism in Hungary. What
you and your family endured! I have read other books about this time
frame, but I had no idea what your life was in Europe, and
in spite of it all, you always have a cheerful countenance. Thank
you for the privilege of learning about you and your family and that
period in history."
Ardyth Freshman, Beverly Hills, CA
Jane Morgen, Bel Air, CA