First-Known Hijacker Gives Personal Account Of His ‘Freedom Flight’
Thursday, May 5, 2016
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Rarely are hijackers referred to as heroes, but that is the case with the first documented hijacking in history.
Their journey has been hailed as one of the greatest escapes in history, and the hijackers lauded as “The Seven Heroes of the Cold War” in news stories from that time.
Their successful escape from Hungary to West Germany is thought to be one of the main motivators for the Hungarian Uprising, which occurred four months later.
“The purpose of the story is to bring the tragic story of nameless and faceless millions of an oppressed era to the mind of the American public that considers freedom a birthright...to serve as testimony that freedom is not free,” Iszak writes in his book.
The historical and action-packed novel is currently in the works to be made into a movie.
Iszak, a yoga instructor in Rancho Santa Fe, shares his personal story Thursday on KPBS Midday Edition.
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