Robert Maxwell and Transcarpathia


World-famous British media magnate Robert Maxwell (1923-1991) was born in Transcarpathia, namely-in the village Solotvino.The future oligarch, whose real name is Jan Ludvik Hoch, was born in poor Jewish families. Then the village was part of Czechoslovakia. Maxwell’s parents and most of his relatives died in Nazi concentration camps.

Robert himself managed to escape to great Britain in 1940. He was a participant In the second World war in the British army. Participated in the landing in Normandy. He finished the war with the rank of captain, was awarded the distinguished service badge for heroism, and after the war was appointed head of the press office of the British foreign office. At the same time, Maxwell bought his first company, Pergamon Press, and over time, his business expanded significantly and turned into a real media Empire.

In 1978 at the invitation of Leonid Brezhnev Maxwell visited Moscow. He presented the Secretary-General with a copy of the document he had issued in English he wrote the trilogy “Malaya Zemlya”, “Vozrozhdenie”,”Tselina”. He was allowed to on the way back, stop in your native Solotvino. This was his last visit to the homeland.

Robert Maxwell died while traveling on his yacht near the Canary Islands. At the time of his death, his business was making a profit of four billion dollars annually.

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