ATEC - Episode 87: Girl Left Behind ft. Judy Temes

Episode 87: Girl Left Behind featuring Judy Temes

On a summer night in 1969, Judy Temes’ mother and a father, both physicians, packed their car for what was supposed to be a family vacation. Only this was no vacation. They were escaping Hungary’s totalitarian regime. The tourist visas that gave them safe passage across the East-West divide came at a high price. To ensure their return, one of their two children would have to be left behind and that was Judy. For five years she lived with her grandmother in a tiny village in Hungary wondering why her parents had gone without her and if she would ever see them or her brother again. In this episode Judy discusses her new book Girl Left Behind, what finally arriving in America to a family irrevocably changed was like, and how her life has become one rich with all that she dreamed of during those many years she was left waiting and alone.


Judy Temes is a teacher, writer, a former journalist, and the mother of three who lives in Seattle. She teaches secondary English Language Arts and History in Seattle. She spent many years as a business journalist in New York City as a staff reporter for Crain’s New York Business. Her business writing has appeared in several other publications including The Boston Globe, The Patriot Ledger, BusinessWeek, and The San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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