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Koestler, Arthur

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1983 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Hungarian
Categories: Authors


1905 - Born on September 5th in Budapest. Hungarian-born writer-philosopher who focused on the disparity between reason and emotion as well as the problem of totalitarianism in the wake of the revolutions of the early 20th century.

1932 - Koestler was a member of the German Communist Party, but left the party during the Moscow trials.

1935 - Married to Dorothy Asher.

1945 - Became a naturalized American citizen.

1950 - Married to Mamaine Paget.

1965 - Married to Cynthia Jefferies Patterson.

1972 - Was the Commander of the British Empire.

1976 - In his book The Thirteenth Tribe, Koestler argues that the majority of European Jewry is actually descended from the Khazars, a Turkish power that existed in present-day Ukraine that in AD 740 converted to Judaism, eventually migrating westward to present-day Poland and Lithuania.

1980 - Koestler became one of the vice presidents of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, EXIT.

1983 - Suffering from Parkinson's Disease and terminal Leukemia, Koestler committed suicide via drug overdose, accompanied by his wife.

         - Died on March 3rd in London.


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