Madeleine Albright on History, Identity and American Power

Friday, May 04, 2012

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has spent her career working on complicated issues of history, ethnic identity and governance, but she didn't realize the complexity of her own identity until the age of 59. In 1997, as the Clinton Administration vetted then-Ambassador Albright for the Secretary of State position, Albright discovered that most of her family was Jewish — and that many of her relatives perished in the Holocaust. That realization provided the impetus for her new book, "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948."

In "Prague Winter," Secretary Albright traces her family's story through the history of Czechoslovakia and the rest of Europe in World War II. Albright discusses the unique history of Czechoslovakia, discovering her Jewish heritage, and learning from world leaders' mistakes in the inter-war period. Secretary Albright also spoke with John Hockenberry about the United States' complicated relationship with China.


Madeleine Albright

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]

Morty Sklar from Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y.C.

In 1983 my small literary press, The Spirit That Moves Us Press, published the first book in English in the U.S.A. of Czech Poet, Jaroslav Seifert--his The Casting Of Bells. A year later he won the Nobel Prize in literature. Seifert spoke out against the Soviet regime. The manuscript for this book was smuggled out of Czechoslovakia by his translators, Tom O'Grady and Paul Jagasich. Seifert asked us to take his royalties for this book and publish his Eight Days: An Elegy for Thomas Masaryk, which we did in 1985. We also published his Mozart In Prague. The latter two books are in English and Czech, facing pages.
Can you tell me how to contact Madeleine Albright so that I can send her copies of this book? Thank you, Morty Sklar

May. 04 2012 09:58 PM

"..the U.S. was not involved in Munich.."
Speaking of "forgetting history" didn't FDR send Chamberlain a telegram stating "Good man" after Munich?
Was that sort of like a Secretary of State toasting Kim Jung-Il in North Korea? Did the "West let them down" with arrogance?

May. 04 2012 10:31 AM
Loren Levinson from NYC

At the age of 35 I discovered that I was a stolen baby, sold on the black market. I was raised Jewish, even bat mitzvahed in Israel only to discover that my birth heritage is Pakistani Muslim. Today, I am still learning about what means to be of Muslim heritage having reunited with my extended birth family. Quite a surprise, but now I know why I never got a sun burn!

My blog on this discovery: Moses and Muhammad Walk Into A Bar

May. 04 2012 07:41 AM

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