A Conversation with Katherine Fennelly: Uncovering My Grandfather’s Journey from Spy to Children’s Book Author

Book cover of 'Family Declassified' and head shot of author Katherine Fennelly
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
February 12, 2024 - 4:00 pm CST
- 5:00 pm

Why do people keep deep secrets about their lives and ancestry? In Family Declassified, Katherine Fennelly delves into the extraordinary life of her maternal grandfather, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who arrived in the US 100 years ago. It took several years of reviewing previously unexamined government records and conducting personal interviews and genealogical searches to piece together the life of a man who hid his Jewish identity, worked as a spy, and became a chef and children’s book author. This fascinating story examines the nature of family myths and presents the gripping story of a man whose life was shaped by some of the most extraordinary events of the 20th century.

Moderator: Dr. Leslie Morris, Chair, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, Dutch and Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts


Sponsored by the Immigration History Research Center

Co-sponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, Dutch

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