Marcus Ferrar, author, communication consultant and trustee of several voluntary associations, was born and brought up in Britain. He lived for over 30 years in various European countries and now lives in Oxford. He holds dual British and Swiss citizenship. His father is British and his mother a refugee from Nazi Germany. He is a modern languages graduate of the University of London.
He served as a Reuters Correspondent in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and later in Portugal during the 1970s Revolution. He was the sole Western correspondent in East Berlin, and covered Prague after the Soviet invasion. He subsequently ran a business sector for Reuters, and worked as a PR director.
In 2005, he and John Corsellis published Slovenia 1945: Memories of Death and Survival after World War II in London, now in its 4th edition. It led to a question in the UK Parliament and an expression of regret by a UK government minister. The Slovene version, translated by Evelina Ferrar, was a best-seller in Slovenia.
He subsequently published A Foot in Both Camps: a German Past for Better and For Worse (2012) The Budapest House: a Life Re-discovered (2013) and The Fight For Freedom (2016)
As a communication consultant, his clients have included British Airways, the World Economic Forum and Kodak. He won the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award of Excellence, and chaired its judging board.
He worked as speech-writer for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. He lectured at the Zürcher Hochschule, the IEDC School of Management in Bled, Slovenia, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, and the Centre for Security Studies in Geneva. He has consulted media companies in Romania and Bulgaria and taught journalism in Ukraine.
He is married to a Slovene and has a daughter and step-daughter. In his free time, he skis, swims and hikes, having earlier climbed the Matterhorn and the Mont Blanc.
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past –
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are – David C McCullough