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Judy Stoffman

 

Judy StoffmanJudy Stoffman (nee Bing) spent 11 years as literary reporter for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily. Before that, she was the paper's book review editor. She has also worked as an editor for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, and several other Canadian magazines as well as for CBC radio and television. Born in Hungary, she fled with her family after the 1956 uprising, settling in Vancouver. She has degrees in English literature from University of British Columbia and Sussex University in England. With her husband Daniel, she was the English translator of In the Name of the Working Class, the memoirs of Sandor Kopacsi, published in 1986.

Kasztner's TrainA Review of "Kasztner's Train" by Judy Stoffman

 

Few Canadians know the story of the `Hungarian Oskar Schindler' – he saved thousands, but it cost his life in the end, His canny relationship with top Nazis saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the camps. Read more...

 

Hungarian evolution

 

TheStar.com - News - Hungarian evolution - The 37,000 refugees who arrived from Hungary 50 years ago brought schnitzel to Bloor St., writes Judy Stoffman . But hurry, there's not much left.

February 15, 2007

 

The stretch of Bloor St. running west from Spadina Ave. was once fondly dubbed the "Goulash Archipelago." Read more...

Revolution Revisited

 

Judy Stoffman

 

Oct. 15, 2006.

 

It lasted less than two weeks, from the first euphoric student demonstrations in Budapest on Oct. 23 till its final bloody end on Nov. 4, when it was crushed by Soviet tanks, but the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 left an indelible mark on Cold War politics and continues to resonate today. Thanks to the work of historians rooting through newly released materials, the world's first televised revolution is now seen as a classic case of how the Cold War deformed international relations in ways that are still felt in Iran, Afghanistan and Latin America. Read more...

Parkette to honour émigré poet — Hungary's Faludy lived in Toronto until fall of communism

 

George FaludyGeorge Faludy Place - September 21, 2005

 

He's turning 95 with public celebrations here and in Budapest

Judy Stoffman

 

George Faludy, who turns 95 tomorrow, is the greatest Hungarian poet ever to call Toronto home. He lived here in happy exile from 1967 until the fall of communism allowed him to return to Budapest in 1989. Read more...

Where to wait for the muse

 

Judy Stoffman, May 21, 1998

 

Paris has the Deux Magots, Dublin has the James Joyce Pub, Budapest has the New York Cafe, where writers were traditionally given free pens and paper. Toronto, too, has its literary cafes, like The Coffee Mill in Yorkville, which just celebrated its 35th birthday. Read more...

Watching a Toronto neighbourhood fade away

 

Judy Stoffman, January 19, 1995

 

The glass-fronted cases running the length of the shop have just a few cold cuts left. The shelves, once full of pickles, mustards, jams, spices, transparent bags of beans and vermicelli are almost bare.

 

Going out of business. Everything must go. 50 per cent off," says the sad hand-lettered sign in the window. Read more...

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