One of the important skills I learned as a boy from my father was how to fold paper airplanes.  Soon I graduated to balsa wood gliders that Paul would buy for a dollar at the corner store.  Some models had a propeller attached to a rubber band that you could wind up and let […]

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As a boy Pali Weidlinger was forced to take fencing lessons.  He was never much of a sportsman… and he absolutely loathed fencing. In the 1930s duels were still frequent in Hungary.  Being good with a foil or a sabre ensured that you would be able to defend your honor.  Among university students dueling scars […]

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Road Trip Preview

Heading east, from Berkeley, California to Wellfleet, Massachusetts, I am looking forward to a late summer cross country journey to film significant structures that my father worked on as an engineer. I will post dispatches about each site that I visit. Along my route are two extraordinary churches by architect Marcel Breuer, the Walker Art […]

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Paul Weidlinger, Istvan Hass & unknown women 1940, Bolivia


Hello. Welcome to the Restless Hungarian blog. What can you expect to find here? Entertaining tidbits from the narrative of Paul Weidlinger’s life, video clips from interviews with people who knew him, images of some of the extraordinary buildings her worked on, glimpses of the world he grew up in and left behind, anecdotes about his […]

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Paul was born into an upper-middle class Jewish family. There were firm expectations about who he should become. He told me: “I had the feeling that my future was completely planned by my family. They knew what I should do and who I should marry and I think that was part of my rebellion.” Young […]

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My father’s earliest memory is of lying on a red Persian carpet under a brown dining table.  He is three years old. He is trying to decipher the symmetrical patterns in the carpet… as if they signified something; something hidden, yet knowable.  He tries to explain this to his mother but he lacks the words.  […]

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