My Flag Grew Stars-book release(Olga and Tibor Zoltai's Story )
Please join the Immigration History Research Center
In Celebrating the Publication of
My Flag Grew Stars
by Kitty Gogins
Date: 4-7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Location: 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 – 21st Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Please join us for presentations by the author at 4 and 6 p.m.
Book signing, refreshments, and tours of the Andersen
Library caverns will be offered 5-6 p.m.
Please join Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) Director Donna Gabaccia and Program Director Haven Hawley in welcoming Kitty Gogins, author of “My Flag Grew Stars,” and honored guest Olga Zoltai to Elmer L. Andersen Library for a special event celebrating an important new book about the Hungarian-American immigrant experience.
Make sure to reserve Tuesday, December 1, 2009, to visit the IHRC at Andersen Library and hear Kitty Gogins talk about the achievement of Tibor and Olga Zoltai in not only surviving but also thriving – and opening doors for others – in their new home, the United States.Kitty Gogins (author)
We have scheduled author talks at 4 and 6 pm for the convenience of those coming from off campus. From 5 to 6 pm, the author will sign books (available for purchase), and IHRC staff will lead tours of the archival cavern where many Hungarian immigrant records are stored. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.
My Flag Grew Stars: World War II Refugees’ Journey to America
by Kitty Gogins
Teenagers Olga and Tibor fled Hungary and a world destroyed by World War II – Olga minutes ahead of advancing Russian troops, Tibor conscripted by German forces and almost dying as an American prisoner of war. They emigrated as indentured agricultural servants and united, embarking on a cultural journey to become Americans. With perseverance and creativity, they learned to thrive – Tibor as a world-renowned professor at the University of Minnesota and Olga counseling refugees, earning the title “area immigrants’ patron saint.”
Their experiences in a devastating conflict and constructing new lives in Canada and the United States gave them a unique perspective about war, the actions of Americans, and the daily fight of refugees to survive. Tibor Zoltai’s scientific insights
still shape the field of mineral crystallography even after his passing. As a caseworker at the International Institute of Minnesota, Olga Zoltai assisted the first Hmong family formally to resettle in Minnesota. She remains an inspiration to those
resettling refugees and assisting their successful transition to Minnesota life.
For more information about
My Flag Grew Stars, visit
Olga and Tibor Zoltai have been active members of the Minnesota Hungarians for many decades. The following article is written by their daughter Kitty. It captures their compelling journey from war-torn Hungary to their successful careers and contributions in Minnesota.
Kitty is currently releasing a book about their lives and has included excerpts from her manuscript. Read the article here ►►►
Learn more about Olga Zoltai's outstanding achievements: