The Restless Hungarian | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

The Restless Hungarian

Thu, November 14, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Hungarian

Join us for an evening devoted to a true story set against the history of the Hungarian Jewish Diaspora, the rise of Modernism, and the Cold War. The program will include a multi-media presentation by Tom Weidlinger, audience Q&A, and a book signing. Copies of The Restless Hungarian will be available for sale. A companion lecture on modernist architecture and Paul Weidlinger is scheduled for Thursday, November 21. Learn more here

The story of the “Restless Hungarian” belongs to the author’s father, Paul Weidlinger, one of the most important structural engineers of the 20th century. As a young architect, Paul broke ranks with the greatest modernists, with his radical idea of the “Joy of Space.” As an engineer, he created the strength behind the beauty in skyscrapers, churches, museums, embassies, and the monumental sculptures of Picasso, Noguchi and Dubuffet.

In his private life he was a divided man. He lost his family to war, mental illness, and suicide. He lived behind a wall of denial. Creating a new life for himself upon arriving in the United States in 1943, he told no one he was a Jew. His son’s discovery of this fact launched him on a journey back in time and across three continents to reconstruct his life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tom Weidlinger

Tom Weidlinger is a writer and filmmaker who has been writing, directing and producing documentaries for 35 years. He began work on the manuscript and documentary, The Restless Hungarian, in late 2013. Twenty-one of his films have been broadcast on public television. Many have won festival and industry awards and all remain in distribution. For detailed information, including trailers, please click here

In the 1990s Weidlinger was awarded one of the single largest production grants provided by the Independent Television Service (ITVS). The grant funded a four-hour series, Making Peace, about grass-roots activists helping to heal conditions that create violence. During the early years of the Internet, the Making Peace Action Campaign became a model for effective, media-related social activism. 

In 1989, inspired by the writings of Czech dissident-turned-president Vaclav Havel, Weidlinger embarked on a multi-year project to chronicle the evolution of Czechoslovak society after the fall of communism. He moved to Prague to produce After the Velvet Revolution, which traces the lives of young Czechs and Slovaks as they adjusted to life in a new democracy. The film was shot over a period of four years, ending in 1993 with the partition of Czechoslovakia.


Cost: $5 JCC Members / $7 Public
Location: Gallery 


"A captivating tale" - Kirkus Review

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