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6/4/2011 - On the 91st Anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon, AHF remembers the ill-advised treaty and publishes essay by Sir Bryan Cartledge who calls the treaty "the greatest catastrophe to have befallen Hungary since the battle of Mohacs in 1526." Over the course of its more than 100-year history, the American Hungarian Federation has commemorated the Treaty of Trianon, highlighting the gross injustices wrought by that treaty (better described as a diktat) and the entire Versailles so-called peacemaking. Trianon continues to plaque the region. [read more]
6/1/2011 - The AHF Cultural Committee sponsors night of Transylvanian Folk Music with Heveder! We are proud to announce that the genuine, virtuoso, EMKE Award-winning Heveder Folk Music Band from Transylvania has finally come to America! The group, accompanied by two of Hungary’s most respected folkdance performers Irén Deffend and Flórián Hajdú, wowed the audience at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda, MD on June 1st. [read more]
5/14/2011 - The 6th Annual Hungarian Charity Ball raises funds for worthy causes... The American Hungarian Federation and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington sponsor the annual Jótékonysági Est (Benefit Event). This year, recipients included the Hungarian Reformed Church Nursery School in Bácskossuthfalva (Bácskossuthfalvi Református Óvoda) in the formerly Hungarian region of Vajdasag. [read more]
5/2/2011 - AHF and member organizations in Massachusetts raise money for Toxic Sludge victims in Hungary... At the event held on May 1st, 2011, the Boston community came together to help victims of a toxic waste reservoir rupture in Hungary. A legacy of its communist past, it is Hungary's worst ecological disaster. The AHF Disaster Relief Fund has now raised over $225,000.00. Speakers the event included Event Chair, James Buzgo; AHF Executive Chairman, Bryan Dawson; and New York Consul General, Ambassador Karoly Dan. [read more]
5/1/2011 - The American Hungarian Federation established the Hungarian American Education and Cultural Preservation Fund (Amerikai Magyar Oktatási és Kultúrális Alap (AMOKA) to earmark funds supporting a wide variety of programs from scholarships and internships that develop our future leaders to assisting local communities at home and abroad to preserve Hungarian schools and cultural institutions, language, history and traditions. [read more]
4/27/2010 - AHF remains concerned that authorities continue to raise barriers to divide residents of Szelmenc, the "Village Cut in Two" (A kettévágott falu). In 2004, AHF, working closely with the Center for Hungarian American Congressional Relations (CHACR), worked to publicize the fate of villagers of Szelmenc, the "Village Cut in Two" / "A Kettévágott Falu." But the very same Schengen guidelines used to open the border seem to have raised new barriers. [read more]
4/13/2011 - American Hungarian Federation Participates in Central and East European Coalition Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill... CEEC issues 2011 Policy Brief: The Advocacy Day involved meetings with key staffers in both the Senate and House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress where issues such as democracy development and human and minority rights; Russian influence; and visa waivers were dicussed. [read more]
3/25/2011 - The Hungarian American Coalition and the Common Sense Society co-sponsored a seminar entitled, "Hungary's New Constitution: Prospects for the Rule of Law & Liberty in New Europe." The Federation urges cooperation among Hungarian American organizations to facilitate an educated debate of the provisions of Hungary's draft constitution and the context of the proposed changes. AHF feels we must make every effort to correct the record and educate the public on the long history of Hungarian democracy. [read more]
3/23/2011 - AHF honors Col. Ferenc Koszorus, Sr., and Hungarian Heroes of the Holocaust, reflects on Holocaust Memorial Month. AHF honors the millions of lives lost and the untold suffering caused by Nazism and Communism. But even during the horrors of WWII, stories of resistance to Nazi atrocities emerged. When Hitler's patience ran out with the conservative leaders in Budapest and their peace-feelers and contacts with Western allies, Nazi Germany invaded Hungary in March 1944, drastically changing the situation of Hungary and the Jews. [read more]
3/20/2011 - AHF Supports Voting Rights for all Hungarian Citizens... In a Heti Válasz article, AHF President Frank Koszorus, who, later this week, will be representing AHF at the Hungarian Permanent (Standing) Conference Diaspora Subcommittee (MÁERT) in Budapest, said, "Enabling Hungarian citizens to vote [is a] democratic means of uniting a divided nation without endangering anyone and a practice that is consistent with the practices of other states in Central and Eastern Europe and elsewhere. [read more]
3/15/2011 - The American Hungarian Federation of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., holds annual commemoration of the 1848 War of Liberation. Hungarian Ambassador George Szapary's Keynote Address was a welcome paradigm shift in Hungarian official policy toward Hungarians in the diaspora. AHF President Frank Koszorus reflected on what Kossuth's legacy means to us today: "Let us reach out and find all who want to participate [to] ensure democracy for all Hungarians and advance the foreign policy interests of our great American homeland." [read more]
3/7/2011 - The 2011 Washington Hungarian Ball to raise funds for Hungarian nursery school in Bácskossuthfalva: Founded in 2005 and located in the formerly Hungarian region of Vojvodina, this is the only such school officially recognized by Serbian authorities. Despite the official recognition, Serbia has refused to extend any financial support. See the video and [Read more] about the 2011 Hungarian Ball!
01/24/11 - Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) Submit Letter to Secretary Clinton expressing deep concern over "brutal post-election crackdown by Lukashenka's (Lukashenko) regime" in Belarus. Frank Koszorus, Jr., AHF President and representative to the CEEC, added, "One can see the ignorance, bias, political opportunism, absurdity or ill-will of those who compare democratic Hungary to the repressive regime of Lukashenka's Belarus, as we have sadly noted these past few weeks." [read more]
1/11/2011 - AHF Issues its First Statement on Hungarian Media Law: "A Rush to Judgment: The Reaction to the Hungarian Media Law." Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and liberty. The unprecedented rush to judgment and vitriolic media coverage of the Hungarian media law seems to have been based on a partial understanding of the law itself and, in some cases, appears to be motivated by bias or political considerations. [Read more]
MTI and other media outlets also covered AHF's statement, "Objektív véleményalkotásra szólít fel az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség médiaügyben."
11/7/2010 - Báthory Award for American Hungarian Federation President Frank Koszorus, Jr. On the recommendation of the Bolyai Committee (BKB), the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania (EMNT) bestowed the Bathory Award upon 15 awardees, including Frank Koszorus, Jr., President of the American Hungarian Federation. [read more]
11/5/2010 - AHF participates in 9th MÁÉRT (Magyar Állandó Értekezlet or Hungarian Permanent Conference) in Budapest. Made up of organizations representing ethnic Hungarians who live outside of the borders of Hungary, MAERT hadn't met in over 6 years due to the lack of support from the former Socialist government. AHF President Frank Koszorus stated “I am especially proud that our Federation publicly and vigorously objected to the termination of the Conference." [read more]
10/25/2010 - AHF participates in the fifth Hungarian-Americans Together (HATOG) conference, held in Chicago, October 9-10, 2010. Thirty-five Hungarian-American leaders of 22 organizations from eight states participated. The Conference aims to build a network of communication and collaboration among Hungarian organizations in the United States and to develop a strategy for saving and strengthening our Hungarian heritage and culture. [read more]
10/23/2010 - AHF Honors the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the first tear in the Iron Curtain. Hungarians from all walks of life rose up against insurmountable odds to fight the brutal Soviet-installed Hungarian communist government. Thousands died fighting, others tortured and executed, while 200,000 were forced to flee. 2010 marks the 54th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. President Obama issues statement. [read more]
9/23/2010 - AHF helps plan CEEC Advocacy Day in US Congress, drafts human / minority rights Policy Brief... The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) held its Fall Advocacy Day - an all-day event during which the members visited scores of Congressional offices, including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), to discuss key policy issues relating to Central and Eastern Europe such as human and minority rights concerns relative to Hungarians in the region, U.S. assistance, Russia's influence, NATO and energy security, and visa matters. [read more]
8/21/2010 - AHF supports Hungarian School in tiny Hungarian Village in Slovakia. The school is located in a little ethnic Hungarian village of under 800 people, Vaján (or Vojany in Slovak after annexation following the Treaty of Trianon) in the Kassa District (Kosice) of Slovakia. [read more]
8/15/2010 - AHF donation to the Rákóczi Szövetség (Rakoczi Foundation) supporting ethnic Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin. The donation was targeted at providing scholarships and other support to students and families in Slovakia. Anti-Hungarian practices in Slovak state school registration and the Slovak Language Law forbidding the use of Hungarian in official business make it difficult for these historic communities to preserve their over 1000-year-old heritage. DONATE! [read more] (includes 2009 Annual Report / Beszámolo (magyarul)
7/22/2010 - AHF reacts to The Washington Post Editorial that equated concern for national minorities with extremism: "...the editorial, 'Hungary's Strongest Leader Targets the Media,' [July 19], seems to equate the prevailing sentiment in Hungary in support for minority rights and the new passport law with extremism. Nothing is farther from the truth." Multiple letters from AHF members also reminded editors about the extremism in neighboring countries. The Post included AHF's link on Trianon. [read more]
7/20/2010 - AHF co-sponsors Free Summer Camp for 100 Children of Hungarian Flood Zone Victims... The camp was held from July 20 to July 26 in the Somogy Megyei Gyermek Tábor in Fonyódliget, a town on the shores of Lake Balaton. The 100 children, aged 7 to 14, were selected from three villages that were affected by the flood. [read more] and HELP!
Cleveland OH: INVITATION
WWII and the American Hungarian Relief Program... The American Hungarian Relief Program, under the auspices of the American Hungarian Federation, collected and sent $1,216,167.00 in clothing, medicine, foodstuffs and money. In all, 200,000 care packages were sent by countless local and national groups. Total estimated costs of the relief program exceeded three million dollars. [read more]
Born in Budapest, Éva B. Kisvarsányi was a Junior at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 1956, majoring in geology. She participated in the students' march on October 23 under the banner of the University as the 1956 Hungarian Revolution began. After November 4, she and her husband, Géza Kisvarsányi, waited in vain for a month for help from the West, and escaped to Austria in December. The Kisvarsányi's arrived in the United States on January 16, 1957, and moved to Missouri. Eva continued her study of geology at the University of Missouri, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1958, followed by a Master of Science in Geology in 1960 from that institution. From 1959 to 1993, she was employed at the Missouri State Geological Survey, rising from the rank of research geoJogist through Section Chief to Assistant Director. She has published more than 100 scientific research papers, maps and books in the field of Precambrian geology. She retired in 1993 and moved to Sarasota, Florida where she is the Executive Director of the Hungarian American Cultural Association, Inc., the Kossuth Club of Sarasota, and founder and editor of the Club's newsletter, The Hírmondó. Her books are available on the AHF Amazon Store! [read more] about Eva!
How did a wine from a remote corner of Europe gain unparalleled fame worldwide? This is the central question answered on virtually every page of Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition, a new book that promises to be a touchstone for all future writing on Tokaji. The world's first botrytis wine, Hungary's Tokaji won an enviable reputation centuries ago. But never before have the development of its winetypes and the story of its ups and downs in fame and prestige been presented so fully in English. [read more] and Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
Scarlett Antaloczy's "FREEDOM ’56: True Stories of the Hungarian Revolution"... is a timely compilation of true accounts of the Hungarian freedom fight of 1956. What started out as a personal family tribute to Scarlett’s parents blossomed into a worldwide journey leading to a host of discoveries and the posing of serious questions about civilization, global domination and political agendas. FREEDOM ’56 is derived from a wealth of interviews and submissions of first-hand information from survivors and friends of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against the Soviet occupation and the Hungarian Communist party. These are the personal experiences and reflections of individual contributors, from all walks of life and from all over the world, who looked back across more than fifty years of history to share their still-vivid memories of the Revolution with readers of FREEDOM ’56. [read more] and Buy her book now on the AHF Amazon Store
"The Porcelain Figurine" (A Porcelánbaba) by Eva Mecs: How often does it happen, that letters thought to be long-lost, gently passed into oblivion, with pictures and a steadily unfolding love story suddenly, unexpectedly re-emerge? This near miracle is what occurred with Ildikó, prompting her to start on a quest to find that first love from whom she, as a seventeen-year-old, received 38 wondrous letters with beautiful poems in 1970's Hungary. [read more] and Buy her book now on the AHF Amazon Store
New Zsuzsa Hanto, book published: "Kitiltott Családok" (Banished families. Communist repression of "class enemies" in Hungary) Hantó Zsuzsa az elszenvedők és visszaemlékezők emlékeit is magában foglaló könyv történész szerzője nem kevesebbre vállalkozik, mint az 1950-ben és 1951-ben vidékről és Budapestről a kommunista rezsin által kitelepített, kitiltott családok szenvedéseit, megpróbáltatásait, nem egyszer pusztulását mutatja be. [tovább]
New Book: "The Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburg Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century," by Dr. Géza Pálffy. "Két esztendő fordítási és nyomdai munkálatait követően megjelent másfél évtizedes kutatásaim alapján írott, angol nyelvű, összegző monográfiám a 16. századi Magyar Királyság történetéről."
Environmental Disaster in Hungary! Governor Pataki Designates AHF as one of three organizations to receive donations for the “Red Sludge” fundraising effort - At the request of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, former New York Governor George Pataki is spearheading efforts to raise money to assist the victims of the toxic "Red Sludge" disaster in Hungary.
The American Hungarian Federation joined forces with its sister organization in Hungary, the Amerikai Magyar Klub, under its "Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Közhasznú Alapítvány," to raise funds to help families affected by devastating flooding. Do your part and and add your name to the Wall of Honor [Read more and DONATE]
Friday, June 17, 2011
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Author Susanna (Zsuzsanna) Lápossy is a Freedom Circle Member of the American Hungarian Federation. Her book, the first part of a trilogy entitled "Life behind the iron curtain" contains lesser-known facts about 20th century Hungary as seen through a middle-class family. [Read more]
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