pursuit of freedom
pursuit of freedom
pursuit of freedom
order now

"Everybody needs a Susanne on their show! For those who have forgotten what freedom means or for those who have forgotten how to hope - Susanne’s story is an absolute must."
Bell Braaten, Producer Newsradio 970 am KBUL, Billings, MT

"Great guest, the switchboard was lit up throughout the show"
Trish and Halli, KID 590 AM, Idaho Falls, ID

The Midwest Book Review "Pursuit Of Freedom is the compelling autobiography of Susanne M. Reyto, who tells of life in Hungary, and the ravages that the nation faced--first from the Nazis, then from the rapacious claims of Communism..."
Complete review



Essay Contest


The first prize was shared by three students, Kelly, Beth and Robert. Following their winning essays, please read others that received Honorable Mention.

“What Freedom Means to Me”

Freedom is something that throughout history has been fought over, won, lost, and denied. When I think of freedom, I think of everything I take for granted in my life as an American. From our ability to voice our own opinion without the fear of being killed, to deciding to see a movie like Michael Moore’s, which, in many countries would not even be an option. Freedom lives and breathes in everything we as Americans do.

Compare American citizens to people in other countries whose reality is based on daily struggle and fear for their lives and the lives of their families and friends, and whose “freedoms” are a daily walk to work, in a job they are forced to do, while living in a wood shack with a tin roof. They have no benefits, health plan, enough income to provide for their family, or the freedom to even hope for change. They know nothing of our culture, our ideals and the freedoms we enjoy.

Freedom is not something that has been given, but something that has been paid for with the blood and life of people brave enough to stand against the enemy's of freedom, and fight for the rights that make us free.

When I think of freedom I think first of the soldiers that have given their lives in conflict to uphold our American values. To me freedom is not a privilege, it is a duty, a responsibility and honor that must be upheld at all costs. It must never be used as a reason to wage war. Freedom should be accepted and not forced.

Freedom is the beat of every Americans’ heart. It is intangible. You can not see, feel, touch, or hear freedom, but like a heartbeat, the life of freedom would no longer exist without the blood of its defenders. Without freedom, what do you really have?

Freedom is like a baby that needs love and attention, without either, it will die, or fail. Just as without protection, freedom will die or fail. Our freedom is often endangered the most by the people who claim to protect, but at the same time take away its true meaning. Freedom to me is a flame, burning red, white, and blue.

For those who have lost their lives defending our freedom, this flame must never be extinguished. I will always defend freedom. I will always keep the flame burning. Freedom means EVERYTHING TO ME.
- Kelly C. Seattle, WA
18 years old senior in high school. After graduation plans on going to college and get a degree in massage therapy. He wants to do this because he would like to help people or be in a career that helps people.


Freedom. Freedom can be many things. In the US, to many people freedom is the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights includes the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms, which entails the freedom to be what ever you want be under law. Freedom allows a person to become anything they choose to be when they grow up. Freedom opens up the opportunity for people to live their lives at they want to without oppression or someone telling them what to do. Freedom is basically liberty. Freedom can also be seen a political independence along with the opportunity to vote for who ever they want to. Freedom is choices free of restraints. Freedom gives us the chance to do as we please and have our own free will In a nutshell, freedom is the right of enjoying all of the privileges of citizenship. Freedom is basically being free.
- Beth L., Edina, MN
12th grade student. Interest: band (clarinet), Lacrosse and volunteering at Church. Her aspirations are to incorporate Music and/or French into a business career or child psychology. Wants to volunteer---especially programs that involve kids. Hopes to pursue dentistry or medicine as a career.

I have been saying the Pledge of Allegiance for a long time, but I never really thought about it before.

With civil wars in other countries where they are fighting for a chance to be able to vote for a leader who is not a dictator, I realize how lucky we are to live where we can choose our leaders peacefully. We are neither restricted to stay with one religion, wear the same clothes, listen to a certain type of music nor read only books approved by somebody as is the case in many countries.

I think we should give all the help to anyone who can assist those who are oppressed.
- Robert S, Santa Barbara CA
9th grade student, interested in history, politics, baseball. Aspires to attend law school and with that knowledge pursue a career in politics.


To me freedom means that I can talk to anybody, meet whomever I want to see and go to the church I choose, without being afraid. I can also travel feely, read any the book I want and believe any philosophy without restrictions by the government or other thinkers.

Freedom is valuable. It promotes different ideas to bring out the best thinkers and scientists to develop our country as the best in the world.
- Jonathan R. Calabasas, CA
10th grade student, loves math, science and tennis. Wants to become a doctor to be able to help people.

Freedom is so part of our living in the U.S.A. that the thought of living without freedom never really enters my mind. We are so fortunate to be free, to be who we want to be and express our ideas with very few rules. I’m so thankful that I was born in the U.S.A and have the opportunity to live in a free country.
- Greg L.
8th grade student. Interest are Lacrosse, golf, history, basketball, Church. He aspires to be a history teacher or pilot and volunteer to help others.

Freedom is a short word, but its meaning is very big. We can live without it if we are forced to but we would be deprived of many things and activities that we take for granted in this country. It would be quite stifling not to be able to say, or practice our opinion on politics, religion, read or write what we want, or talk to anybody on anything we like.

I hope I never will be in a situation where my freedom would be restricted.
- Lisa C., Boulder, CO
9th grade student. Loves swimming, history and helping others. Wants to be a high school history teacher.

Thank You for Your Participation