Judith Bognar Bean

We are happy to announce that Judith Bognar Bean will join the Writers Panel Saturday at the Second Spring Arts Festival.  She is the author of “Bittersweet Freedom,” the true story of a 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fighter escaping an execution sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army.  He makes a death-defying escape with his wife and baby daughter, seeking a small bridge, shrouded amidst swampy marshland, whose rickety planks wait to lead the family into a vast void called “Freedom.”   

Judith Bognar Bean was born in Budapest, Hungary, two years prior to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Her father, Jozsef F. Bognar, was one of the courageous leaders of that Revolution, rallying thousands of citizens in their revolt against the monstrous Soviet Tyranny engulfing their native land of Hungary. Amidst a barrage of piercing bullets deployed by the inhuman Soviet regime, the author, carried in the arms of her father and mother, survived an arduous escape to the Freedom of the United States. The author lives in North Carolina with her husband Charles, and son, Charlton. Her passions include perpetuating her Hungarian Heritage, campaigning for cultural equity, contributing to diverse charitable organizations, and being “Patriotically American.”