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1/4/2005 - Hungarians have until September 2005 to formally request return of confiscated properties in Slovakia under the Benes Decrees. The 1945 Benes Decrees claimed collective World War II responsibility of Germans and Hungarians living in Czechoslovakia, and deprived them of their rights, their property and expelled many of them from the country.
The "Szabad Ujsag" weekly has published a list of those lands, which were taken away during the Benes programs. The original owners or their descendants may recover expropriated lands and properties if they can prove their ownership and relationships to the original owner. The validated documents have to be shown to the proper authorities. One catch is that it has to be proven before September 1 of 2005. [more] [see all AHF news]
1/3/2005 - AHF attends summit in Subotica / Szabadka (Vojvodina, Serbia and Montenegro), and issues statement on recent dual-citizenship referendum held in Hungary. All major ethnic Hungarian parties from successor states are invited at the highest level to work out a joint strategy of next steps on the dual-citizenship drive. Balkans analyst Tibor Purger will represent AHF at the meeting called by Jozsef Kasza, President of the Vojvodina Hungarians, the largest Hungarian parliamentary party in the Province. [more in English and Hungarian] [see all AHF news]
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1/5/2005 - 1st Annual Hungarian Emigres' Cultural Exposition and Festival in Budapest a Success!AHF helps sponsor first annual Hungarians Emigres' cultural festival entitled, "Split Emotions" in Budapest. Coordinated by Nationality Broadcasting Network TV- the Budapest Office of AHF member, Ohio-based American Hungarian TV - the festival, which ran from December 7 - 13th, 2004, aimed to strengthen ties between Hungarians on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world. [more]
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Other International News
ROMANIA BANS HUNGARIAN DOCUMENTARY ON TRIANON
- Hungarian Government Joins in the Ban!
Culture Minister Mona Musca on 10 January banned any further showing in Romania of a Hungarian documentary film on the 1920 Trianon Treaty on the grounds that it is chauvinistic, dpa reported. The 14-part documentary was produced by Hungarian film director Gabor Koltai and is based on the works of Hungarian historian Erno Raffayi. A shorter two-hour version was shown in Cluj on 9 January under the auspices of the local Hungarian Reformed Theological Institute. Reformed Bishop Laszlo Toekes appears in the documentary. Hungarian State Television (MTV) and Duna TV, which broadcasts for Hungarian minorities abroad, refused to broadcast the documentary on grounds that it was anti-Semitic and incited revisionism, according to dpa and reports in Romanian dailies of 10 January.
HUNGARIANS NAMED AS COUNTY PREFECTS IN TRANSYLVANIA
- RUMANIAN HUMANIST PARTY PROTESTS
The Humanist Party said on 8 January it will not designate any of its members as prefects since it was not consulted by the rest of the coalition on the appointment of prefects made one day earlier, Mediafax reported. The government on 7 January announced it had appointed 14 members of the National Liberal Party (PNL), 14 Democratic Party members, and four members of the Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania (UDMR) as prefects. Prefects in six counties are yet to be appointed, and the government said five of them would be members of the Humanist Party. Meanwhile, the local leaders of the PNL and Democratic Party in Covasna County announced they will resign to protest the appointment of UDMR member Gyorgy Erven as prefect of that county. The UDMR is to have prefects also in the counties of Caras-Severin, Bistrita-Nasaud, and Maramures.
AUTHORITIES SUCCESSFULLY OPPOSE AUTONOMY REFERENDUM.
A Covasna County court ruled on 4 January that a decision by the local council in the Transylvanian village of Ilieni to hold a plebiscite on autonomy for lands inhabited by ethnic Hungarian Szeklers is illegal, Mediafax reported. Covasna County official Horia Grama challenged the decision to hold the referendum and appealed a similar decision by the local council in the village of Batani.
Meanwhile, an official in Harghita County on 4 January appealed a decision by the municipal council in Gheorgheni to hold a similar referendum on 30 January. The Hungarian Civic Union (UCM) in December called on local councils in areas inhabited by Szeklers to hold plebiscites on autonomy. The Szeklers are a group within the Hungarian minority, and the region historically known as the Szekler Lands has a centuries-long tradition of autonomous rule. That tradition was quashed first by the Habsburgs monarchy and later by the Romanian state.
archives may not keep secrets for long
Last month, Hungarians learned that a well-known television-show host and theater critic had been exposed as a former spy for the country's communist-era secret police.
According to documents in the national archives, Peter Molnar Gal was recruited in 1963 and continued working as an informant until the collapse of communism in 1989. His targets included friends, fellow journalists, and the actors whose plays he reviewed. [more]
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Parliament expected to pass a new innovation law
Hungary aims to promote the commercialization of publicly funded research and to boost private investment into its nascent biotech sector.
The Hungarian government is introducing a new piece of legislation to promote the creation and commercialization of university research in hopes of boosting its biotech industry. But members of the biotech community fear that the measures will not be enough to attract much needed capital to the country's fledging biotech industry. [more]
Novel 'Fateless' Adapted for Film
"Fateless," the film adaptation of 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz's novel of a young boy's experience of the Holocaust, will premiere at the Budapest Film Festival in early February. [more]
Finally Settles ‘Gold Train’ Case:
Tokay and Tocai really a threat to Hungary’s Tokaji wine?
secret files mired in bickering
The Hungarian government's decision to open Soviet-era secret police files has created a storm of debate, the International Herald Tribune said. [more]
Heads To The Olympics
Pharmaceuticals' Chief Scientific Officer Receives Major Innovation
Dr. Csaba Szabo has received the 2004 Dennis Gabor Award in Budapest, Hungary. This award, named after Nobel Laureate Hungarian Physicist Dennis Gabor, the inventor of the holography, is given annually to a handful of scientists of Hungarian origin for discovery and innovation achievements. The awardees' expertise range between physics, chemistry, economics and engineering and, in rare instances, biology and medicine. According to the awarding committee, Dr. Szabo was given the award for his groundbreaking research into the pathomechanisms of cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases and for his contributions to the development of novel therapeutics related to these mechanisms. Previous Dennis Gabor awardees include Erno Rubik, the inventor of Rubik's cube. [more]
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