Historian, Publisher, Editor
Katalin Kádár Lynn is a historian based in Budapest and California whose principal area of scholarship is World War II and the Cold War with an emphasis on Central and East European émigré political activities and organizations. She is the founder and Editor in Chief of Helena History Press, LLC a publishing house specializing in scholarship about and from Central and East Europe in English. She most recently edited and contributed to The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare: Cold War Organizations sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe / Free Europe Committee (Helena History Press, 2013). She is the biographer of the Hungarian political figure Tibor Eckhardt titled Tibor Eckhardt: His American Years 1941 – 1972 published in English and Hungarian (East European Monographs, L’Harmattan Press). She edited and published Eckhardt’s memoir, Tibor Eckhardt: In His Own Words. She co-authored along with historians Károly Szerencsés and Péter Strausz, Through an American Lens, Hungary 1938: Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White (East European Monographs, 2010). Kádár Lynn is currently researching and writing an expanded biography of Tibor Eckhardt, which will encompass his Hungarian years and his wartime and Cold War intelligence activities. Her upcoming publications include a biography of Béla Varga and a history of the Hungarian National Council and a survey of Hungarian immigration history from 1938 – 1972.
She serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Comenius, the International Advisory Board of the AHEA e-journal Hungarian Cultural Studies, the board of the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society of New York and the American Hungarian Federation. In 2011 she was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
Her community interests include the arts, where she has served variously on the boards of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum among others.
Educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in History and English Literature followed by a Master of Liberal Arts degree at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her PhD in 20th Century Hungarian History was earned at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.
Prior to her return to graduate school Dr. Kádár Lynn had an extensive successful management career in retail marketing, and as a professor of marketing.
Born in Budapest, she immigrated, with her family first to Germany and then to the United States. She currently divides her time between St. Helena, CA and Budapest, Hungary.