The title My Parents' Daughter is chosen by the author because of her parents, Terézia Anna and József László Ottokár's heroism during the Hungarian Uprising in 1956. Their bravery during their escape from dictatorship and facing a new life in a foreign land on the other side of the world. Their strength in standing up to the evils of Communism and Nazism and staunch continuation of practicing their Roman Catholic faith when forbidden. The title celebrates the author's parents for both were also child survivors of World War II and its aftermath. Her parents' DNA flows through Victoria Hartmann's veins which is the reason why she could fight an army on her own but hopes to win the war with your help.
Victoria Hartmann is a pseudonym for a fully qualified secondary teacher who is still registered and successfully tutors individual pupils in preparation for Scholarship and Selective Entry Examinations. Born in Hungary to very progressive parents Victoria was one of the first females in her personal friendship groups, either Australian or Hungarian, to gain an Arts Degree and Diplomas. She lives in Melbourne not far from her children over whom she dotes. This is her debut into the world of mass media and she hopes her readers will let themselves appreciate and benefit from her work based on her struggles.
The Mobbing Bullying of an accomplished secondary English teacher in a Victorian state school in Australia is re-told in My Parents' Daughter giving a vivid insight into the hellish world of its victim. This Part 1 of Victoria Hartmann's Memoir is about workplace bullying by her four principals plus others in the new millennium. This otherwise dark theme is re-told with good humour. Victoria's intention is for her reader to laugh a lot outwardly but be moved inwardly to further discussions about this sinister blight on our Democracies; perhaps even be moved to action and further the cause. It shows how Victoria's employer - the Department of Education plus associated bodies dealt with Victoria's injuries and complaints. It questions accountability and equity or rather the lack there of. The Memoir tackles head on psychological bullying and spot lights the notion that authority does not equate to honesty thus our need for external checks on governmental power brokers. The Memoir's intention is to enlighten and demands justice and change leading to prevention. It is a courageous effort by a courageous woman who owes everything to her genetics and upbringing. Please note that all names are fictitious but the content word for word true.