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Koestler, Arthur

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: Hungarian
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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.