Paul Lendvai (born Pál Lendvai, Budapest, August 24, 1929 -) is an Austrian journalist and television presenter of Hungarian origin.
He was born in Budapest into a Jewish family as a child of Andor Lendvai (1890–1961), a lawyer and Edit Polácsek. He survived the emergency with his family thanks to asylum issued by the Swiss embassy. After World War II, he studied law and first started working for the Social Democratic Party youth organization. He later wrote for the Social Democratic newspaper as an intern.
As a former Social Democrat under the Stalinist regime, he was deemed politically unreliable, imprisoned for eight months in 1953 and barred from his profession for three years. After the 1956 revolution, he fled the communist regime to Austria. His career as a journalist unfolded completely in Vienna: he became one of the most important analysts in Eastern Europe. He was granted Austrian citizenship in 1959. Between 1957 and 1982 he worked for Die Presse. From 1960 to 1982, he also appeared in the Financial Times. From 1973 he was editor-in-chief of the quarterly newspaper Europäische Rundschau. From 1982 to 1987, he was the editor-in-chief of the ORF's Eastern European editorial office. From 1987 to 1998, he was the director of Radio Österreich International. Since 2003 he has been a political analyst at the Austrian daily Der Standard. one of his biographers, who won the European Book Prize in 2018 for his work Orbán, Europe’s New Strong Man. He described Orban as a populist, autocratic person, whose power is ensured by the judiciary and extensive control of the Hungarian media. In 2020, he spoke as a political analyst in the documentary "Hallo Dictator" - Orbán, The EU and the Rule of Law, directed by Michael Wech of Germany.2022. on April 26, he received the Concordia Award in the Austrian Parliament as a "living legend" for his oeuvre. The Concordia is an Austrian Journalist Award, which has been awarded annually since 1998 to outstanding journalists working in the field of human rights, democracy and, in particular, freedom of information and the press.
The Balkans. Zwischen Nationalismus und Kommunismus. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1969
Anti-Semitism ohne Juden. Europaverlag, Vienna 1972, ISBN 3-203-50417-0
Kreisky. Portrait of the Staatsmannes. Zsolnay / Econ, Vienna / Hamburg / Düsseldorf 1972, ISBN 3-430-17808-8
Die Grenzen des Wandels. Spielarten des Kommunismus im Donauraum. Europaverlag, Vienna 1977, ISBN 3-203-50611-4
Der Medienkrieg. We have communist regimes with national policies. Ullstein, Frankfurt am Main 1980, ISBN 3-548-34515-8
Religious freedoms and Munich records. Bilanz und Aussicht. Styria, Graz 1983, ISBN 3-222-11476-5
Das einsame Albanien. Reporting from the Land of Skipper. Edition Interfrom, Zurich 1985, ISBN 3-7201-5177-8
This is the case in Hungary. Von Kádár zu Grosz. Edition Interfrom, Zurich 1986, ISBN 3-7201-5195-6
Zwischen Hoffnung und Ernüchterung. Reflections on the Wandel in Osteuropa. Jugend und Volk, Vienna 1994, ISBN 3-224-16577-4
Auf schwarzen Listen. Mitteleuropäers went to Erlebnisse. Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg 1996, ISBN 3-455-11077-0
The Hungarians. Ein Jahrtausend Sieger in Niederlagen. Bertelsmann, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-570-00218-7, als TB: Goldmann, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-442-15122-8
Reflections on critical Europeans. Kremayr und Scheriau, Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-218-00758-5