When: 06/03/2012
Where: The Spiro Ark's Centre, 25-26 Enford Street W1H
Time: 19:30
Contact: 020 7723 9991
Price: £10 +£1 Internet booking fee
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Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) born in Budapest, after leaving Hungary for Vienna with his family at the age of fourteen, was educated at Vienna University and became a journalist in Berlin. His early enthusiasm took him to Palestine as a Zionist; to the Soviet Union as a Communist and to the Spanish Civil War as a passionate reporter, in 1940 he came to England where he settled for the rest of his life.
He enjoyed the enormous success, and influence, of Darkness at Noon, the book that assured him a place in literary and political history: an assault on Communism - the god that failed him. His later books dealt with anthropology, philosophy and were describing his own life.
In 1976 Koestler published The Thirteenth Tribe, a speculative work of historiography which suggested that the greater part of modern Jewry - the Askenazim, is ethnically Caucasian rather than Semitic, being descended from the Khazars, a Turkish-speaking people along the lower Volga who were converted to Judaism in the eight century of the Christian era. His theses was greeted with less than universal enthusiasm.
It was a striking characteristic of the Khazars that their ruling class apparently adopted Judaism. But how true is the theory that the Judaized Khazars were the remote ancestors of many of the Jews of Eastern Europe and Russia?
Arthur Kessler and his wife ended their lives together.
Mátyás Sárközi is a Hungarian writer, an expert on Arthur Koestler's life and works. The speaker came to Britain in 1956 and worked in the BBC' Hungarian Section for forty years. He published sixteen books in Hungarian and two in English, including The Play's the Thing.The Life of Ferenc Molnár, a biography of the the author's maternal grandfather.


  • Central Synagogue - 36, Hallam St, London W1W 6NW - easily reached by public transport - Centre, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines
  • HGSS - Norrice Lea, London N2 0RE - East Finchley Underground Station- Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines, buses 102, H2
  • Liberal Jewish Synagogue - 28 St. John's Wood Road, London, NW8 7HA - St John's Wood Underground Jubilee Line, buses: 13, 82, 46, 113, 139, 187, 189, 274
  • Tikun - 1117 Finchley Rd, Temple Fortune, NW11 0QB - Golders Green Underground, Northern Line, busses: 82, 102, 460
  • The Spiro Ark at Hampstead Shtiebel - 10a Canfield Gardens, London NW6 3JS - one minute behind Finchley Road Underground Station Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines and Waitrose, busses 13, 82, 113, 187, 268
  • The Spiro Residence - Kidderpore Avenue - NW3 - Finchley Road Underground Station, busses 13 82, 113


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