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George Jonas

George Jonas

George Jonas was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1935. He is the son of Dr. Georg M. Hübsch, a lawyer, composer, and former member of the Viennese State Opera, and Magda Hübsch, nee Klug, both deceased.

After attending the Lutheran Gymnasium between 1945 and 1954, Jonas worked briefly as a program editor for Radio Budapest. Following the Hungarian uprising of 1956, he emigrated to Canada. He became a script editor (1962), and later TV producer (1971), for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he worked until 1985. Since then he has been a freelance journalist, writer, and TV producer based in Toronto.

In addition to 14 books, some of which have become national and international bestsellers, Jonas has written three works for live stage (The European Lover, a one-act opera, with music by Tibor Polgar, directed by Leon Major, first performed in 1965; The Glove, a one-act opera, with music by Tibor Polgar, directed by Alan Lunn, first performed in 1973, and Pushkin, a full-length stage play, directed by Marion Andre, first performed in 1979). Jonas has also written and/or produced and/or directed over 200 dramas and documentary dramas for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, including the award-winning radio and TV series, The Scales of Justice (1981-1996). A film, Sword of Gideon, based on Jonas's book Vengeance, was directed by Michael Anderson and featured Michael York, Colleen Dewhurst, Lino Ventura, and Rod Steiger. Another film, Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Eric Bana, is due to be released in December, 2005.

Jonas has contributed features, reviews, columns, poetry as well as aviation and motorsport journalism to many Canadian periodicals and newspapers; also to such U.S. and British publications and wire services as the Daily Telegraph, Saturday Review, the National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The Chicago Sun-Times, the Middle East Quarterly, and United Press International. He has been a contributing editor and columnist for The Canadian Lawyer; past contributing editor of Toronto Life, and past weekly columnist for the Toronto Sun (1981-2001).

Currently Jonas writes a syndicated weekly column for CanWest Publications, and is a weekly columnist for the National Post. His latest book, Beethoven's Mask: Notes on My Life and Times, is being published by Key Porter Books in September, 2005.

Awards:

  • "Edgar Allan Poe" Award for Best Fact Crime Book for By Persons Unknown, Mystery Writers of America. (New York, 1978.)
  • "Nelly" Award (twice) for Best Canadian Radio Program for The Scales of Justice, A.C.T.R.A. and Texaco. (Toronto, 1983 and 1986.)
  • "Gabriel" Award for Best Radio Entertainment Program in North America for The Scales of Justice. (San Antonio, Texas,1985.)
  • Gold Medal, New York International Radio Festival, for The Scales of Justice. (New York, 1986.)
  • Inaugural "Scales of Justice" Award, Law Reform Commission and the Canadian Bar Association, for The Scales of Justice. (Ottawa, 1986.)
  • Periodical Distributors of Canada "Author's Award" (three times) for Best Paperback Book for By Persons Unknown (Toronto, 1978); Vengeance (Ottawa, 1985); and for Personality Feature ("The Nice Man Cometh," Toronto Life, 1987.)
  • International World of Motorcycling "Max Award" (twice) for motorsport journalism and for A Passion Observed. (Toronto, 1980 and 1989.)
  • National Magazine Award for journalism ("Legally Bombed," Saturday Night, 1991.)
  • "Gemini" Award (twice) for Best TV Movie for Regina vs. Nelles, The Scales of Justice, and for Best Short Dramatic Program for Regina vs. Stewart, The Scales of Justice, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. (Toronto, 1993.)

BOOKS BY GEORGE JONAS NOW AVAILABLE

Beethoven's Mask: Notes on My Life and Times, by George Jonas Beethoven's Mask
Now available.
Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, by George Jonas Vengeance
Now available.

Recent articles by George Jonas

SHADES OF VIETNAMNational PostJanuary 20, 2007
A WASTE OF AMERICAN LIVESNational PostJanuary 13, 2007
TWO CENTURIES OF HARD LESSONSNational PostDecember 23, 2006
HUNGARY'S NIXONNational PostOctober 2, 2006
IT'S NOT HUNGARY, 1956National PostSeptember 30, 2006
EUROPE'S CASSANDRA: ORIANA FALLACI WAS A CELEBRATED JOURNALIST LIVING IN EXILENational PostSeptember 18, 2006
AMERICA'S MORALPOLITIKNational PostSeptember 16, 2006
THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVERBenador AssociatesSeptember 14, 2006
HUNGARY'S 'POET KING'National PostSeptember 9, 2006
MAN IN THE SHADOWS DESCRIBES 13 INTEGRAL YEARS THAT CHANGED THE WORLDBenador AssociatesSeptember 7, 2006
THE WAR AGAINST TASTINESSNational PostJune 24, 2006
BLOGGERS "NOT JUST LIKE" COLUMNISTSBenador AssociatesJune 22, 2006
ULTRA-LIBERAL POLICIES BEGET SUB-LIBERAL LAWSNational PostJune 17, 2006
CONDEMN TERRORISM, NOT MEDIA FOR REPORTING ON ITBenador AssociatesJune 15, 2006
WOMEN ARE OMNIVORES, MEN ARE PANDASNational PostJune 10, 2006
MAYOR NEEDS TO UP HIS ANGER OVER ALLEGED TERROR PLOTBenador AssociatesJune 8, 2006
PETER MUNK AND THE CHARITABLE IMPERATIVENational PostJune 3, 2006
CANADIANS SHOULD COUNT THEMSELVES OUT OF CENSUSBenador AssociatesJune 1, 2006
WEARING YOUR FAITH ON YOUR LAPELNational PostMay 30, 2006
CARIBBEAN OFFERS MIGRATION MIGRAINES FOR THE SIGHT-SEEING SETBenador AssociatesMay 25, 2006
MY LUNCH WITH PERESNational PostMay 19, 2006
THE MEARSHEIMER-WALT PAPER OR THE LEARNED "PROTOCOLS"Benador AssociatesApril 12, 2006
HAMAS WILL NOT RECOGNIZE ISRAELBenador AssociatesMarch 22, 2006
THE CURTAIN OF DEATH FALLS UPON MILOSEVICBenador AssociatesMarch 16, 2006
CLOWNEY: PLAYING IT SAFEBenador AssociatesMarch 8, 2006
IN DEFENSE OF OUR CULTURE OF FREEDOMBenador AssociatesFebruary 28, 2006
NO TOY GUNS ALLOWEDBenador AssociatesFebruary 22, 2006
OBSESSED WITH THE D-WORDNational PostFebruary 3, 2006
THE SPIELBERG MASSACREMcLean'sJan. 09, 2006
A HAWK, THEN A DOVENational PostJanuary 6, 2006
DETACHMENT ISN'T A VIRTUENational PostDecember 30, 2005
OUR IDIOT SAVANT SOCIETYNational PostDecember 23, 2005
FACING UP TO OUR FIFTH COLUMNNational PostDecember 9, 2005
JUSTICE IN WONDERLANDNational PostNovember 22, 2005
"PRINCE & PRINCESS"Benador AssociatesNovember 16, 2005
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCESNational PostOctober 14, 2005
LET LA SCALA COME TO YOUNational PostOctober 7, 2005
IT'S LIBERALISM THAT'S FLATLININGNational PostSeptember 30, 2005
SPIRITED FLYINGNational PostSeptember 23, 2005
MAKE MEN TICK ---FOR YOUNational PostSeptember 16, 2005
AN ANCIENT STRUGGLE CONTINUESNational PostSeptember 10, 2005
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHTBenador AssociatesAugust 31, 2005
MATCHES IN A GAS DEPOTNational PostAugust 29, 2005
THE WINDMILLS OF THE MINDBenador AssociatesAugust 18, 2005
THE G-G WITH TWO MASTERSNational PostAugust 17, 2005
SUBSIDIZING AFRICAN MISERYNational PostAugust 08, 2005
AFTER FAHD, ABDALLAH, THEN WHAT....?Benador AssociatesAugust 4, 2005
STATISTICS, INFLUENCE AND REALITYBenador AssociatesJuly 26, 2005
THE MANY FACES OF JIHADNational PostJuly 25, 2005
CANADIAN CBC: "ATTACK" YES, "TERRORIST" NOBenador AssociatesJuly 21, 2005
SURVIVAL KIT FOR DEMOCRACIESBenador AssociatesJuly 17, 2005
REAL MUSLIMS & FALSE MUSLIMSNational PostJuly 11, 2005
SILENCE HAS ITS PRICENational PostJuly 4, 2005
JAN WONG'S (ILLEGAL?) CHEAP SHOTNational PostJune 27, 2005
PUSHING THE ENVELOPENational PostJune 20, 2005
THREE CHEERS FOR LAZINESS AND CORRUPTIBILITYNational PostJune 15, 2005
ON WEIRD DUCKNational PostJune 5, 2005
THE GENIUS OF PRINCE ABDULLAHNational PostMay 30, 2005
FANCY NAME FOR TRIBALISMNational PostMay 20, 2005
JUSTICE STANDS IN THE WAY OF UGANDAN PEACENational PostMay 16, 2005
RUSSIANS CAN BUILD ANYTHING - EXCEPT A SOCIETYNational PostMay 9, 2005
PUT THEM UNDER A BARRELNational PostMay 6, 2005
A LESSON FROM THE SWISSNational PostMay 2, 2005
APOLOGIES HEARD AROUND THE WORLDNational PostApril 25, 2005
BLOOD MONEY ALWAYS COMES WITH STRINGSNational PostApril 18, 2005
A BOMBSHELL? HARDLYNational PostApril 11, 2005
DALTON McGUINTY, AT THE MOVIESNational PostMarch 28, 2005
HOORAY FOR THE RULE OF LAWNational PostMarch 21, 2005
SELLING OUT TAIWANNational PostMarch 14, 2005
HELLO, DR. MAHATHIR, GOODBYE HERR ZUNDELNational PostMarch 7, 2005
TALKING TAXI TALES TO TINSELTOWNNational PostFebruary 28, 2005
BUSH HAS GOOD REASON TO BE HOSTILENational PostFebruary 21, 2005
VIRGINIA GOES THE WAY OF MINORITY REPORTNational PostFebruary 19, 2005
POLITICALLY CORRECT CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOSTCanWest PublicationsFebruary 17, 2005
HONOURING A MURDERERNational PostFebruary 14, 2005
THE WINDOW WAS BROKEN IN THE 1960sNational PostFebruary 7, 2005
A DEMOCRACY --FOR NOWNational PostJanuary 31, 2005
RAIDERS OF MULTICULT v. AMAZONS OF THE STATUS QUONational PostJanuary 24, 2005
JIMMY JAMES'S ROCK WAS ANOTHER COUNTRYNational PostJanuary 17, 2005
A PALESTINIAN LEADER CAN'T BE MODERATENational PostJanuary 10, 2005
RACIAL PROFILING, REVISITEDNational PostJanuary 3, 2005
EXPORTING FREEDOM, IMPORTING INTOLERANCENational PostDecember 27, 2004
THE MYTH OF THE GENTLER SEXNational PostDecember 20, 2004
FROM TAIWAN TO MOOSE JAW, A DANGEROUS WORLDNational PostDecember 13, 2004
PRESS FREEDOM HAS ITS LIMITSNational PostDecember 6, 2004
FIVE GAMBITS FOR UKRAINENational PostNovember 29, 2004
FORCE IS NOT INIMICAL TO DEMOCRACYNational PostNovember 22, 2004
CAUSE OF DEATH: UNKNOWNNational PostNovember 15, 2004
NEVER A MAN OF PEACENational PostNovember 11, 2004
BAD IDEAS: I KNOW THEM WHEN I SEE THEMNational PostNovember 8, 2004
ON TRUSCOTT, COTLER MADE THE RIGHT CALLNational PostNovember 1, 2004
DON'T BLAME THE BREEDNational PostOctober 25, 2004
NEWSPAPER OF RECORD? HARDLYNational PostOctober 18, 2004
THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING 'NO'National PostOctober 15, 2004
A SCREEN TEST POSING AS A DEBATENational PostOctober 4, 2004
PUTTING NASTY WORDS IN MY MOUTHNational PostSeptember 27, 2004
A WORLD THAT DOESN'T EXISTNational PostSeptember 23, 2004
BAN THE KNIFE, BEWARE THE BENCHNational PostSeptember 20, 2004
FRENCH PRAGMATISM COMES TO SUDANNational PostSeptember 13, 2004
FANATICS ARE NOW LEADING THE FIGHTNational PostSeptember 8, 2004
WESTERN VALUES DON'T NECESSARILY TRAVELNational PostAugust 30, 2004
DIFFERENT CODES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKSNational PostAugust 23, 2004
OFFICIALDOM ARROGANCENational PostAugust 16, 2004
SVEND ROBINSON DID US ALL A FAVOURNational PostAugust 9, 2004
MUCH ADO ABOUT THE HEINZ HEIRESSNational PostAugust 3, 2004
LOSING THE PEACE MAY GIVE KERRY THE WINNational PostJuly 26, 2004
BACKWARDNESS ON AN EPIC SCALENational PostJuly 19, 2004
POLLUTING JUSTICE WITH POLITICSNational PostJuly 12, 2004
CONSERVATIVES SHOULD STOP SULKINGNational PostJuly 5, 2004
MY UNION WON'T VOTE FOR CONSERVATIVE MEANIESNational PostJune 28, 2004
TOWARD AN AXIS OF THE FEEBLENational PostJune 21, 2004
MAKING SENSE OF OUR RIP VAN WINKLE WORLDNational PostJune 14, 2004
REAGAN'S IDEALISM WAS WELL TIMEDNational PostJune 7, 2004
THE CULTURE WAR'S ELECTED PEACEMAKERSNational PostMay 31, 2004
BAGHDAD GOES THE WAY OF SAIGONNational PostMay 17, 2004
HATE JEWS IF YOU MUST -BUT DON'T BLOW US UPNational PostMay 10, 2004
THATCHER BROUGHT HOPE TO THE WORLDNational PostMay 5, 2004
'BURGEONING REFORM'? I DON'T THINK SONational PostMay 3, 2004
WILL EURABIA MODERNIZE ISLAM?National PostApril 26, 2004
BUSH WILL STAND BY HIS FRIEND, ISRAELNational PostApril 20, 2004
AMERICA MUST FIND ITS NATIONAL PURPOSE TO BEAT THE TERRORISTSNational PostApril 17, 2004
FLIGHTS OF FANCY STILL ABOUNDNational PostApril 12, 2004
NOT IN OUR CANADA? WISHFUL THINKINGNational PostApril 8, 2004
WE MUST STAND ON GUARD AGAINST TERRORISMNational PostApril 5, 2004
CRAVING RESPECTABILITY --AND HUMAN FLESHNational PostMarch 29, 2004
CLEANSING SERBS, COURTESY OF NATONational PostMarch 22, 2004
DEMOCRACY CAN SURVIVE A FEW HURLED SHOESNational PostMarch 15, 2004
THE POET AND THE BALLET DANCERNational PostMarch 8, 2004
OFFICIALDOM'S BLISTERING ARROGANCENational PostMarch 1, 2004
EASTERN EUROPEANS GO ROUND IN CIRCLESNational PostFebruary 23, 2004
A.Q. KAHN AND THE END OF MADNational PostFebruary 16, 2004
DR. HAWKING, MEET DON CHERRYNational PostFebruary 9, 2004
A SHOW TRIAL AMERICAN STYLENational PostFebruary 2, 2004
Special privileges for journalists?National PostJanuary 26, 2004
BIOMETRICS WON'T CATCH DISPOSABLE TERRORISTSNational PostJanuary 19, 2004
THE LEGITIMACY OF ETHNIC PATRIOTISMNational PostJanuary 12, 2004
THE POLITICS OF AIR CRASHESNational PostJanuary 5, 2004
PUTTING 2003 INTO WORDSNational PostDecember 29, 2003
REPLACING CORPORATE GREED WITH ANOTHERNational PostDecember 22, 2003
SACRIFICING TAIWAN'S SELF-DETERMINATIONNational PostDecember 18, 2003
A SHOW TRIAL WOULD BE WORSE THAN NONE AT ALLNational PostDecember 15, 2003
ETHNIC STATES ARE HARDLY PASSENATIONAL POSTDecember 1, 2003
UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF BACK-SEAT DRIVERSNATIONAL POSTNovember 24, 2003
WILL THE FRANCO-GERMAN VISION OF THE EU PREVAIL?NATIONAL POSTNovember 17, 2003
TEACHING CIVIL SERVANTS SOME NEW TRICKSNATIONAL POSTNovember 10, 2003
SHARON IS NOT FUELING SUICIDE BOMBERSNATIONAL POSTNovember 3, 2003
PRAGMATIC ANTI-SEMITESNATIONAL POSTOctober 28, 2003
"BUSH WAS PRUDENT NOT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES"NATIONAL POSTOctober 20, 2003
ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ABOUT RAPENATIONAL POSTOctober 14, 2003
GEORGE RADWANSKI IS GETTING A BUM RAPNATIONAL POSTOctober 6, 2003
THE UN AND THE OLD DEVILNATIONAL POSTSeptember 22, 2003
PUTTING THE ELITES IN THEIR PLACENATIONAL POSTSeptember 17, 2003
BAYONETS CAN'T REBUILD NATIONSNATIONAL POSTSeptember 10, 2003
INFILTRATION PROJECTS TERRORISTS' POWERNATIONAL POSTSeptember 3, 2003
TWO PRESIDENTS, ONE FOREIGN POLICYNational PostAugust 27, 2003
BUYING ATONEMENT --FOR US$2.7-BILLIONNational PostAugust 20, 2003
TOBACCO'S ENEMIES CLAIM ANOTHER VICTIMNational PostAugust 13, 2003
THE BBC HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY THE LEFTNational PostAugust 6, 2003
THE YEARNING FOR BIG-POWER PROTECTIONNational PostJuly 30, 2003
THE ISSUE ISN'T GUN CONTROL BUT STATE CONTROLNational PostJuly 23, 2003
DEMOCRACY IS ANATHEMA TO THE RULERS IN BEIJINGNational PostJuly 16, 2003
OTHER PEOPLE'S WARS DON'T BELONG HERENational PostJuly 9, 2003
BETWEEN A POLICE STATE AND AN EASY MARKNational PostJuly 2, 2003
RACISM AND SEXISM? THAT'S AN AFFIRMATIVENational PostJune 25, 2003
IRAN WILL TEST THE LEFT'S METTLENational PostJune 18, 2003
An Absence of Evidence proves nothingNational PostJune 4, 2003
Iraq's borders may be a work in progressNational PostMay 28, 2003
Hawks fly with doves over North KoreaNational PostMay 21, 2003
The MADness of opposing NMDNational PostMay 16, 2003
We Can't Only Fight RegimesNational PostMay 7, 2003
Reporters in bed with dictatorsNational PostApril 23, 2003
The UN is a post-war project that must goNational PostApril 18, 2003
Justice would be the loser if Saddam were put in the dockDaily TelegraphApril 17, 2003
Who's next on America's list?National PostApril 9, 2003
Separating Friend and FoeNational PostApril 2, 2003
Liberators will face a mixed welcomeNational PostMarch 26, 2003
Why this Kosovo dove became an Iraqi hawkNational PostMarch 12, 2003
The French have a lot of GaulNational PostMarch 5, 2003
Reuniting the Frankish familyNational PostFebruary 5, 2003
Baaklini says what the Arab world thinksNational PostJanuary 13, 2003
It's not a choice between Kim and SaddamNational PostJanuary 8, 2003
Making air travel at least palatableNational PostJanuary 4, 2003
I came for the climate - of freedomNational PostDecember 2, 2002
Concordia should do the right thingNational PostNovember 28, 2002
Muslims must disavow Osama's messageNational PostNovember 18, 2002
Let the punishment fit the crimeNational PostNovember 13, 2002
Fallaci is a little heavy on the rageNational PostNovember 7, 2002
Today's small players pack a big punchNational PostOctober 31, 2002
Tax dollars shouldn't go to foreign charitiesNational PostOctober 16, 2002
Not all teachers are angelsNational PostAugust 26, 2002
'Kill peacekeeping'? If only ...National PostJuly 6, 2002
Multiculturalism's volatile mixNational PostJune 25, 2002
None of Israel's good deeds will go unpunishedNational PostJune 15, 2002
Where's Osama? Iran?National PostFebruary 1, 2002
Arafat's past comes back to haunt himNational PostJanuary 16, 2002

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