SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – In her new memoir A Dream Come True: My Very Good Life (published by AuthorHouse), Eva Galambos chronicles her extraordinary journey from immigrant child to successful politician.
The Cohn family was fortunate in many ways. Sigmund A. Cohn, Galambos’s father, was a German judge in 1933 and a Jew. When he was abruptly dismissed from his position, he chose to relocate his young family to Italy. However, as Galambos recalls in the opening chapters of A Dream Come True, Italy, too, would become unsafe for Jews.
None of the family took Il Duce seriously, but the fact of Hitler’s increasing domination over Il Duce was becoming clear, and, thus, the necessity for our family to leave Italy. Also, the danger of war was ever closer after Prime Minister of Britain, Chamberlain, caved in to Hitler in Munich.
Thus, the Cohn family came to live in Athens, Ga., where Sigmund secured a position as a professor at the University of Georgia. From these beginnings, an exceptional politician would emerge. A Dream Come True follows Galambos as she earns a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree. Galambos would later become a formidable economist, specializing in urban finance and labor economics. Her life would take a decided turn as she becomes embroiled in Georgia’s debates regarding civil rights and school integration.
“Civil rights and integration of the schools engulfed the nation especially the South in the 1960’s and 1970’s,” remembers Galambos. “I became personally involved in these movements, especially as I experienced the sad lack of planning and environmental protection with the population explosion in the suburbs.”
When a small committee was formed to promote local government for her Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, Galambos became a natural leader for the committee. Under Galambos’s leadership the committee would lobby the Georgia legislature toward incorporating the suburb. Sandy Springs became a city in 2005 and is now the sixth largest city in Georgia.
“Sandy Springs became the poster child for public-private partnerships and continues to attract wide attention,” says Galambos. “Since we were incorporated, four additional cities have been incorporated in the outlying areas surrounding Atlanta. Two more are in the works.”
Currently serving her second term as mayor of Sandy Springs, Galambos continues to draw media attention and even curiosity. In 2009, Sandy Springs was named as one of “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well” by Forbes Magazine.
About the Author
Eva Galambos graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1948. She went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a PhD from Georgia State University. She and her husband John live in Sandy Springs, Ga., where she serves as mayor.
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