Hadassah Local Authors Series
Painted Pebbles is the story of the first twenty years of Peter Stangl’s life in Budapest, first under Nazi occupation, then under Soviet rule. Peter left Hungary when the 1956 uprising provided the first opportunity and emigrated to the United States. He wrote the story a few years ago at the request of his son, who wanted the early family story for his birthday instead of a conventional present. The story is told in an informal, but intimate tone, providing insight into the mood and gestalt of one of the saddest and most catastrophic periods of modern European history.
Peter Stangl was born in Budapest into a non-practicing Jewish family. As a child he survived WWII, lost his mother in the Holocaust, was hidden from the Nazis and witnessed Budapest’s invasion by the Soviets. During the 1956 Hungarian uprising he escaped to the U.S. After graduating from Yale, he earned a degree in library science and worked at the Yale Medical Library. In 1971 he became Director of Lane Library at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Now retired, he lives in Palo Alto, California.
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