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Inside every human heart there is at least one moment of absolute beauty. The secret of happiness is to find that moment, grasp it, recognise it and hang on to it as long as humanly possible.

    

 

  I was born in Hungary in the early nineteen thirties, where I received most of my education and lived under two extreme tyrannical regimes. Having lived through the Second World War, Hitler’s tyranny, surviving the Holocaust and then living under Stalin's tyranny was a major if unwelcome learning experience, which deeply influenced my life and personal philosophy.

 I left Hungary with my wife - a fellow dental student - after the abortive Uprising of 1956, as refugees, settled in England, we completed our professional training and took British Citizenship. We have two grown up children and four grandsons. I live in South London in the United Kingdom where I was in partnership with my wife in General Dental Practice for over 42 years.

At Christmas of 2003 I retired from professional life, seriously thinking what to do when I finally grow up. I didn't have to think too long before life threw me another unwelcome challenge.

 

After a brave and determined five years’ fight against cancer, my wife and life long partner passed away at home in the early hours of the 15th of August 2007.

 

In despair I decided that the easiest way was to sit down and wait for God… However, a year on I realised that God either forgot about me or did not want me yet… more surprisingly neither did the devil.

 

Therefore now, like Fagin in his song in the musical Oliver, “I am reviewing the situation”…

 Let’s see (the Nowhere?) where the rest of the journey leads to…



Birth Place: Budapest,  Hungary

Accomplishments: Diplomas and Degrees plus a number of other professional accreditations, but those are just pieces of paper, allowing to pursue a professional carrier.

What might count as achievement is surviving war, persecution, dictators, revolution and displacement as a refugee and starting a new life.


However, the only real achievement and award I truly treasure is the trust and love of my four grandsons.
     



Books

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien by Peter J. Oszmann
The sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, thoroughly compelling true story of a young Hungarian Jewish boy and his family escaping the fate of Hitler's extermination camps....
  

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Short Stories

Stories about my childhood, my Mother and her family.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The core of this story is part of Chapter 2 of my autobiographical novel Jew Be Or Not Jew Be, The Story of a Perpetual Alien. Book 1, Under Hitler’s Shadow. ...


The Butterfly Effect (Repost) Revised
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Illusion, or reality? An improbable, symbolic story with a twist in the “tail” of the tale…...


A living, breathing abstract art…- (Satire)
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The story is based on an actual observation during a train journey to Central London…...


Christmas Miracles.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Christmas miracles?... What is a miracle?...


The Anniversary.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
An anniversary is the annual recurrence of a date on which a notable event occurred in some previous year....


Traces In The Air - A story of Meaningful Coincidences.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
This is a true story of a series of coincidences I encountered throughout my life; from the day I met the girl who eventually became my wife and lifelong partner, to this day....


A Bar of Chocolate… and a Smile…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A very short true story about a fleeting moment and how a smile can make one happy and grateful…...


You'll cry where no one will see you.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A true story about a "prophecy" twice fulfilled…...


Professor Somersault knows it all.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Satire about experts, who know it all… ...


Travel Diary USA - Canada. 1995.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Diary of a 3 week trip in the US and Canada....


Lost Angel
 by Peter J. Oszmann
An unremarkable, seasonal story, reflecting upon our unremarkable society and our unremarkable ways of living....


China Doll
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The true story of a fleeting encounter in China that defies description....


Romeo and Juliet, Aida and some other fine madness in Verona.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Describing the events of a day, within a five-day...


Remembering to remember…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
I don’t suppose that anyone with memories of tragic events, atrocities, or nightmares that intrudes into reality, chooses or wishes to remember. I certainly don’t. I would be much happier if I could f...


Uschi’s Gift.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The true story of a ”Cyber Friendship”....


On A Dull Autumn Sunday…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A true story about a very brief encounter on a dull autumn Sunday....


The Rendez-vous.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
(Dream or Reality?… a mystery…) It was almost like a dream, yet so real and crystal clear that every little nuance is etched in my memory, preserved with such fine details, almost as if it wa...


Springtime and Love behind the Iron Curtain.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
This is a true story of youthful searching for love and “direction” in the confused, depressed Stalinist years; a chapter out of the forthcoming second book of my two part autobiographical novel: “Jew...


Beating Death At His Own Game…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A true story about my grandfather beating death… and another “little bastard”…...


Fighting the Dragon.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A story about a little boy's lost fight for life....


Friday the thirteenth.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The story is very loosely based on purportedly real life events, when twin brothers were killed in unrelated incidents on the same day....


A lesson from my mother
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The core of this story is from my published autobiographical novel: Jew be or not Jew be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien; Book1: Under Hitler’s Shadow. To save re-writing the entire story - and for th...


Madly in love… A date with Marika…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A bitter-sweet memory of love and disappointment at age sixteen....


When the sun goes out and darkness descends….
 by Peter J. Oszmann
This story is from the closing pages of Chapter 2 in the Book: " Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien", describing the last few moments and the ending of a hap...


A Visit into the Past, Present...and Future
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The beginning of Chapter 3 from the Book: "Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien." It describes a visit to the grave of the Lady of the Camellias in the Mo...



Poetry

Once upon a time - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


A stroll in the autumn glow - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Autumn Requiem
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Hallowed be Thy name…
 by Peter J. Oszmann


After sunset - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Why visit museums?
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Searching for your face in the clouds – Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Ideal Man – Ideal Woman
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Two sets of poems with a touch of satire about the “Ideal” as perceived by the opposite sex and with a “straight twist” at the end of the second one....


Tanabata - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann
An allegorical poem based on the Japanese Tanabata Myth...


A Moment On a Summer’s Day… - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


In another world…
 by Peter J. Oszmann


No use reaching for the pale face of moon…
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Little Johnnie high above the clouds
 by Peter J. Oszmann
(A true story… with a little poetic licence…)...


Cassandra’s Lament – Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann
An allegorical poem....


What Dreams Are Made Of – Video presentation.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
I originally posted this poem here in February 2006. I am reposting it here again, in a live video format. I completed this short film recently, retaining the original poem, reciting...


When evening bells toll. - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Dark Vision - (Sonnet)
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Solitude.
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Season’s Greetings with Modern Day Christmas Snapshots.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Modern Day Christmas Snapshots....


Dialogues with God – (Two Sonnets)
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Thoughts for the Festive Season...


“The Butterfly Effect”… - Sonnet
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Ne frustra vixisse videar! - (Sonnet)
 by Peter J. Oszmann
*(Let me not seem to have lived in vain)...


Ode to my Barber, the “Barbarous” Jackie Barbarella.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
(or “A witty Little Ditty for Pretty Little Jackie”) (Could also be called a September Song)...


Celebrities
 by Peter J. Oszmann


Autumn at my door
 by Peter J. Oszmann



Articles

Thoughts… just thoughts… (Part 1)
 by Peter J. Oszmann
“Thoughts are like butterflies. They fly away if you don’t catch them…” A sentence written down is a thought captured. A thought captured is like a butterfly pinned in a display cabinet. This...


Thoughts… just thoughts… Part 2
 by Peter J. Oszmann
“Thoughts are like butterflies. They fly away if you don’t catch them…” A sentence written down is a thought captured. A thought captured is like a butterfly pinned in a display cabinet. This...


About the Book -“Remember Us”
 by Peter J. Oszmann
This book is a collection of memories from Hungarian Hidden Children of the Holocaust....


About dicks and arseholes.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A very brief satire on marital relationships and counselling....


Dotcomology
 by Peter J. Oszmann
(The eBook described as “The science of making money online”.)...


Bringing up kids.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Satire on modern childrearing. ...


2 Blog Or Not 2 Blog.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
2 Blog or Not 2 Blog; that is the quandary…...


Blogito, ergo sum.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
I blog, therefore I am....


Terrorism, martyrdom: A "Jew-ish" perspective.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A personal view on “Holy Wars”, terrorism and martyrdom....


Ruminations…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Soliloquy about getting old, being romantic, teenage grandsons, a Welsh Rabbi, and youthful passions… ...


Who needs Love?…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Who needs love?… who needs the pain of it?… Well, it seems we all do, no matter how much it may hurt. ...


My other family… a gift of love…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
About a Tiny Teddy Bear, love from another dimension, touching hearts, friends and family....


Micro-soft… cat's tail - a cautionary tale.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A cautionary tale for boys of all ages…...


Tsunami. Thoughts on Disasters – Natural and Man Made.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Comparing Natural and Man-Made Disasters...


Death of a Pupil. (Budapest 1956)” The birth, development and transfiguration of a poem.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
This article is intended as an explanatory note to the poem “Death of a Pupil. (Budapest 1956)” posted here simultaneously at AD....


Why an Autobiography?
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Why an autobiography by a non-entity?...


Remembering D-Day; 6 June 1944.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
“A war does not end till the last survivor has died.” ...


The view from over the hill.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Ruminations of a septuagenarian about “deficiencies of the modern world.” ...


Mother… Post Mortem…
 by Peter J. Oszmann
(Or: "How did you know that I died?")...


Writing poetry in a second language.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
An overview of my efforts of writing poetry in the English language....


The Miracle of Bėatrice and Alphonsine.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
An extraordinary St. Valentine’s Day’s encounter in Paris....


Facing my extinction.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Announcing my retirement from professional life. (This article does not fit any of the available categories; I entered it under “Mainstream” as the only non-descript category) ...


Magda's Daughter : A Hidden Child's Journey Home
 by Peter J. Oszmann
A new book by Evi Blaikie...


The Origin of the Universe
 by Peter J. Oszmann
If you ever wondered about the Origin of the Universe, here is the ultimate answer to all your questions; the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the absolute truth… so help me Einstein…...


Farewell to a Yiddisher Mom.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
In Memoriam...



News

Magda's Daughter : A Hidden Child's Journey Home
 by Peter J. Oszmann
New Book just published...


Author Interview at Phoenix Book Reviews.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
Phoenix Book Reviews interviewed the author of the book: "Jew Be or Not Jew Be." ...


The Book "Jew Be or Not Jew" Be Available in the UK.
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The Book "Jew Be or Not Jew Be, The Story of a Perpetual Alien" is available in the UK....


Review of "Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien" at Phoenix Book Reviews
 by Peter J. Oszmann
The Book: "Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien" received a professional review at Phoenix Book Reviews. ...


Links

Jew Be or Not Jew Be
My own website designed and set up to introduce the Book to the general public; it contains some historical background, sample pages (Prologue and part of Chapter 1), links to online bookstores, where the book can be purchased, authors webring and affiliate sites.


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Phoenix Book Reviews
Read a professional review - written by reviewer Nikki Sly - about the Book: "Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien" at Phoenix Book Reviews.

Browse the site for other reviews and Author interviews.


Amazon.com
Author's page at Amazon.com where the book is reviewed, rated and available for purchase.


Additional information

“Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien; Book One: Under Hitler's Shadow" (published in January 2001 by iUniverse, On Demand Printing, Trade Paperback, Size: 6x9, 537 pages, ISBN: 0-595-14552-3) is the first Book in an intended Two Part autobiographical novel, which took me ten years to research and write. It is dedicated to the memory of those members of my family who did not survive the events described in the story and also to the memory of those who made my survival possible. The story is a testament not only to Man's inhumanity to Man, but also to the human will to survive. I am currently working on "Book Two: Under Stalin's Shadow." The short stories "Nothing But The Tooth" and “Beating Death at His Own Game” are parts of chapters from that forthcoming book, and so is “Springtime and Love behind the Iron Curtain.” Please read my article: "Why an Autobiography?"... An additional sample from Chapter 2 of my already published first book can be read amongst my short stories under the title: "When the sun goes out and darkness descends"…; two samples from Chapter 3 under the title: "A Visit into the Past, Present and Future"; and “A lesson from my Mother”, a sample from Chapter 5 under the title: "Passage through the Via Dolorosa." There is also an excerpt from the closing chapter under the title: “Remembering to remember” which I slightly revised and re-edited in order for it to be comprehendible as a stand-alone short story. For further information please visit my website. From there a link to the publisher's site (www.iuniverse.com) gives you the opportunity - should you so desire - to browse the entire book page by page. The book is available from: iUniverse.com, Amazon, (worldwide) Barnes & Noble, Yahoo, and many other on-line bookstores. (There are many online stores with second hand volumes) In the UK it can also be ordered from Waterstones Bookstores and Tesco Online. Go to: http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=Jew%20be%20or%20not%20Jew%20Be http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0595145523/authorsdencom http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0595145523/authorsdencom http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ISBN=0595145523 http://www.tesco.com/books/search.aspx?Ntt=Jew+be+or+not+jew+be&Ntk=primary&VSI=1&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchall&Nty=1&N=0

 
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