Thursday, March 9, 2023

Dr. Balázs Seléndy

Balázs Seléndy (1937 – 2021) grew up in war-torn Hungary. With Calvinist and Catholic parents but a Jewish paternal grandfather, his family stayed beyond reach of the Nazis due in part to his father’s military service to the Austro-Hungarian empire during WWI.

In 1956, as a young medical student, Balázs fought in the spontaneous, student-led revolution against the Soviet-backed Hungarian People’s Republic.

In 1964, Seléndy emigrated to the United States. A lifelong and gifted critical thinker, Balázs was a voracious reader in every subject matter, particularly in literature, science, history and philosophy. He wrote volumes of poetry in three languages, labored over poignant English translations of Miklós Radnóti, and published books of verse in Hungarian. At the age of 65, Balázs first took up motorcycling.

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