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Marton: I have watched her evolve from a shy politician to a dominant world leader with awe and fascination.She has held on to power longer than any of her democratic peers on the world stage and has vanquished all her opponents.Marton later documented her parents’ life in totalitarian Hungary in her 2009 book, Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America.Not surprisingly, communist-era Eastern Europe has been the backdrop for most of Marton’s nine books of popular history, including her 2006 book, The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World. Marton spoke with Moment about the discovery of her family’s Jewish roots, the late Moment cofounder Elie Wiesel and her commitment to human rights and free speech.Luckily for me, when I next saw the chancellor she recalled our first lunch.
As a victim of a totalitarian regime—I opened the door to my parents’ jailers when I was six—I know how quickly things can change and how quickly a demagogue can turn neighbors against neighbors. We all carry different ideas of Elie in our heads, but my Elie was not surprised by anything having to do with human beings. Elie just gave the wonderful shrug he so often gave when told about strange human behavior. Elie was very helpful reconciling me to my parents’ choices, as was my husband.Marton talks to the politician’s friends, teachers, and colleagues, tracing her roots from school and college in Soviet East Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and charting Merkel’s rise as a leader whose rational approach and quiet steel have made her arguably the most powerful woman in the world. Eve Mac Sweeney: Angela Merkel, who is up for reelection in September, has outlasted almost every other world leader. Kati Marton: Her secret is that flashier politicians (men! She moves cautiously and at her own chosen speed and then—boom! She is a scientist by training, so she gathers evidence carefully before making a move (except in the case of her sudden decision to accept a million desperate refugees in 2015). Marton: I met her the day before 9/11 at a lunch at the home of German film director Volker Schlöndorff.She is almost impossible to rattle or to draw into an argument she doesn’t want to have. She was then the head of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, but not yet chancellor.Her latest book, True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy, retells the strange story of Noel Field, a once-earnest, American Quaker turned devout communist who spied for the Soviet Union during the 1930s while employed at the U. I became involved with human rights issues because I did not believe that a writing life was a sufficiently engaged life.At a certain point, after I had done almost everything I could do as a journalist and in a writing career—from NPR to network and local TV—I decided that it was time to give back.
My friendship with Elie Wiesel also encouraged that.