The President of the United States awards a 2008 National Humanities Medal to Gabor S. Boritt, for a distinguished career of scholarship on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. His life's work and his life's story stand as testaments to our nation's precious legacy of liberty.

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Selected for the IFP Independent Film Week at Angelika Film Center, New York City.


BUDAPEST TO GETTYSBURG, is a riveting tale of love, hate, war and freedom – a journey from terror to hope. The past and present collide as a world-renowned historian confronts a history he has refused to study: his own. Gabor Boritt is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. Fifty years after fleeing a continent ravaged by the terror of Hitler and Stalin, Gabor reluctantly returns to his native Budapest. Urged by his son, he faces the harsh history of his Jewish-Hungarian childhood: the Nazi invasion, the Holocaust, Allied bombing raids, Soviet tyranny, the 1956 Revolution and his escape to America. From the streets of Budapest to the fields of Gettysburg, Gabor discovers the intimate and epic history that transformed him into a great scholar of Lincoln, the Civil War and American democracy.

Budapest to Gettysburg is a feature length documentary film. It is produced and directed by Jake Boritt. Non-profit (501(c) 3) sponsorship by the National Trust for Historic Gettysburg, Inc. allows tax deductible contributions to be made towards the completion of the project. The finished film will be complemented by a community outreach educational kit. If you are interested in learning more or supporting the project please contact Jake Boritt.


To date supporters of this project include:
Benefactors: The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Select Equity, Inc., The Kinsley Family Foundation, Christine Olson-S.W. Jack Drilling Company, Shirley R. Frahm, An Anonymous Contributor
Patrons: Jack Kemp, The Gilder Foundation, The Lehrman Institute, Craig & Deborah Cogut, Pegasus Capital, Theodore J. Forstmann, Global Media Management Group, LLC, The Albert O. Wilson Foundation, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Sponsors: Tom Kemp, National Philanthropic Trust-Tom & Jane Petrie, Times & News Publishing, The Benjamin and Belle Cogan Foundation, William E. Simon Foundation, Inc.   
Additional Supporters: The Barry Taper Foundation, Edwin T. Johnson & Cynthia S. Johnson Foundation, David Remington, The Albert & Lillian Small Foundation, The Langdon Family Foundation, The Dobbin House, Inc., Virginia B. Braun/ Bronco Ltd., M&B Sugarman Family Trust, Tom Johnson, Hagopian Family Foundation, An Anonymous Contributor Jon Ireland, James & Gail Wilburn, Dickinson & Gabriele Ross, Thomas & Sheila Bost, Hal and Eunice David, Donald & Barbara Braden, Seth Kaller, Inc., Regina & Jonathan Kemp,For the Cause Productions, Marlon Wagner and James G. Basker. To contribute to this project click here. Thank you.