AHF eNews July 1, 2005
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Hungary 1956 Portal6/28/2005 - www.hungary1956.com goes LIVE! The American Hungarian Federation is sponsoring the Hungary 1956 Portal... as part of its goals to coordinate and assist member organizations across the country, as it continues plans for kicking off a year of events leading up to October 2006. The 1956 Portal will serve as a central information resource for all things 1956 as our community prepares for this important milestone. Includes many photos as well as Audio and Video files!
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"Five Days of Freedom in Budapest" - "Budapest is in revolt. With uncontrolled fury, crowds set fire to Russian flags... The impossible has happened. A handful of heroes has shaken the communist world to its foundations." (5.2 Mb)
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6/20/2005 - AHF's 1956 Commemoration Committee meets in DC (on 6/20) and in New York (on 6/14), as it continues plans for kicking off a year of events leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Highlights include commemoration events in 2005 and a presentation of arias from the "Bank Ban" in New York with Placido Domingo.

AHF is calling for volunteers to assist with 2005 plans in Washington, DC. Please contact us. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 12th, 2005 at our DC Headquarters.

Some of the other activities include:

  • In cooperation with George Lovas and the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Federation and many others, AHF aims to present arias from the "Bank Ban" in New York with Placido Domingo.
  • Fundraising for the 1956 memorial statue by Gyuri Hollosi seen here.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral ecumenical mass with Cardinal Egon in New York City on Sunday, October 22, 2006.
  • Commemoration and Gala on October 18th and 21st, 2006 in Washington, DC. Distinguished nominees again will be presented with AHF's Mihaly Kovats Medal of Freedom for Lifetime Achievements.
  • Fundraising and Support for the "Lyukas Zaszlo" project / "Torn from the Flag" and debut in Washington, DC as part of commemoration activities.
  • A "Golden Book" to commemorate the 50th "Golden" Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.
  • Commemorative Stamps

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6/22/2005 - Rev. Imre Bertalan and the Bethlen Home moved in to their new 15-million-dollar facility on June 22nd. A formal dedication of the facility will take place on Labor Day, September 5th. [read more] and [here]

National Hungarian Memorial in Ohio6/12/2005 - National Hungarian Memorial dedicated on June 12th! Arpad Dobolyi of the Memorial Committee, chose the site for the National Hungarian Memorial honoring Hungarian heroes that perished against the communist takeover. AHF President Emeritus Dr. Nadas Gyula gave the keynote address. Read more about this and other [AHF Activities Around the Country]

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Professor Andrew Davidhazy is one the world's foremost experts on technical / scientific photography. A professor at the renowned Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Dr. Davidhazy's work in high-speed photography, as seen here in his famous "splash," is well-recognized. His father was a captain in the Hungarian merchant marine who later moved to Argentina and then to the US and was influential in shipbuilding industry.
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Hungarians in International News


Slovak MP apologizes for Benes Decrees, while Gasparovic says: Benes decrees shouldn't be discussed any more
www.slovensko.com - 6/14/2005, RSI

Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic thinks there is no need for further discussion on the Benes decrees. If they were discussed, it would not be good for the Hungarian minority in Slovakia, he said on Monday. Gasparovic considers re-igniting these discussions to be a waste of time, adding that he thinks ordinary people are not interested in them either. The decrees played their role in the past when institutions were trying to defeat fascism, he said.

On Saturday in Budapest Christian Democrat MP Frantisek Miklosko apologised to Hungarians living in Slovakia for the persecutions carried out by the Czechoslovak state in 1945-1948 based on the collective guilt principle. The Slovak Parliament also cancelled plans to debate the Benes Decrees. [more on this story] [more about the Benes Decrees]


The Pro Europe League calling for the renaming of war criminal "Ion Antonescu" street in Marosvasarhely / Tirgu-Mures
www.erdely.ma, 7/1/2005

Rumanian law prohibits the "promotion of such individuals guilty of acts against hmanity and the peace." This is the last city on Rumania with a street still bearing his name. [Read in Hungarian]

Natwar Singh unveils bust of Tagore in Hungary
Press Trust of India, London, 6/25/ 2005

External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on Saturday unveiled the bust of Rabindranath Tagore in the Hungarian city of Balaton Fured, where the nobel laureate had gone for cardiac treatment in 1926. In a related story, India donated 1.5 million forints for a Hungarian hospital. [read more]

Hungarian unemployment rate unchanged at 7.2 pct in March-May
Forbes, AFX News, 6/23/2005

Hungary's average rate of unemployment was 7.2 pct in March-May this year, unchanged from the February-April period but up 1.4 percentage points from the same period a year earlier, MTI news agency reported, citing the Central Statistics Office.

Indian IT consultancy set to hire another 700 in Budapest
Budapest Business Journal, 6/22/2005

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), part of India’s giant Tata Group and one of the world’s largest IT consultancy firms, plans to beef up its Global Development Center in Budapest in order to better serve both CEE and West European markets, according to company executives. [read more]

Real Madrid raising funds to help Ferenc Puskas meet medical bills! Will play tribute match against Hungary
AP, 6/21/2005

Real Madrid will play Hungary in August to raise funds for ailing soccer legend Ferenc Puskas. The match is scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium, which was named after the former Hungarian and Real Madrid striker in 2002.
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BBC ON THIS DAY - 6/16/1989:
Hungary reburies fallen hero Imre Nagy

Former Communist prime minister Imre Nagy, the man who symbolises the 1956 Hungarian uprising, has been given a formal public funeral 31 years after he was executed. The site includes videos and audio clips of Nagy and the revolution [read more]

Hungary condemns Jewish cemetery attack
BBC News, 6/16/2005

Political and civic leaders in Hungary have strongly condemned an attack on a Jewish cemetery in Budapest which left some 130 gravestones damaged. [read more]

French-Japanese facility opens in Gyor
Budapest Sun, 6/9/2005

The Franco-Japanese automotive alliance Renault-Nissan has inaugurated a 19,000sqm central European component storage, distribution and logistics facility in Gyõr (120km north-west of Budapest). The alliance has closed down its two similar facilities in Austria. [read more]

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