György Dalos, born 1943 in Budapest, is an independent author and historian. The formerly dedicated communist studied in Moscow in the 1960s and was member of the Hungarian CP before being banned from working and publicizing because of »subversive activities« in 1968. In 1984 he received a fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service in Berlin. He went on to work at the research facility on Eastern Europe at the University of Bremen. In addition to his writing, he worked for numerous German broadcasters and newspapers, was head of the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Berlin and a board member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. In 1995 Dalos received the Adelbert von Chamisso Award and in 2010 the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding. He lives and works in Berlin.