www.americanhungarianfederation.org / amsz.org / hungary1956.com

Top AHF Headlines 1/12/2006

  • 1956 Filmmakers on Television January 14 & 16 (Baltimore/Washington)
  • Concerts to raise funds for the New York Area Coordinating Committee for the Commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: January 13, 14 & 15
  • 1956 Animated Film Exhibition on January 22 (Baltimore/Washington)
  • AHF Leadership Conference on January 27th in Venice, Florida
  • AHF supporting Scholarships in Transylvania
  • AHF Turns 100! An urgent Centennial Call for Membership!
  • Hungarian Christmas in Brooklyn a success!
  • 1956 Portal providing free Websites to member organizations
  • Shortcuts to Additional Features

  • Featured Member
  • Featured Website link
  • AHF Bookstore

    Can't see this in full color? Go online to AHF Publications or
    [Download the PDF]

    Download a PDF version of the AHF eNews


    1/12/2006 - 1956 Filmmakers to be featured on Maryland Public Televsion: MPT Shoots Freedom Dance Makers!

    Award-winning producers Steven Fischer (AHF Member and Emmy Award Nominee) and Craig Herron will be featured subjects on Maryland Public Television as part of the broadcaster's art program, "ArtWorks", hosted by Rhea Feikin and Nate Howard. The interview, which was videotaped on Tuesday, originally aired in Maryland on Wednesday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. and will repeat Saturday, January 14 at 9 a.m. and Monday, January 16 at 5:30 a.m. The interview focuses on Fischer's and Herron's unique and much talked about documentary based on the story by Ed Hilbert (child actor star of Meseauto), "Freedom Dance", which has been in production since Summer 2004 and which is scheduled for release this coming October. Steven Fischer was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 2001 for Silence of Falling Leaves, his art film-looking homage to Polish POWs murdered in the Katyn Forest Massacre during World War Two. [read more]

    Endre HegedusJanuary 13, 14, 15 - New York Area Concerts featuring Endre Hegedus, internationally renowned artist of Budapest, Hungary, to perform work of Liszt and Chopin dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and for the benefit of the New York Area Coordinating Committee for the Commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution / Koncertsorozat az 1956-os Magyar Forradalom 50 éves évfordulója megünneplésére és az Emlékünnepeket Szervezo New York-i Bizottság munkája javára.

    Donation: $15 [Students and Seniors $10]

    Reservation and Information:
    (201) 836-4869 email: magyar@magyar.org
    [download invitation] more about the artist at www.hegedusendre.com

    January 9 - February 10, 2006

    Art Exhibit in Baltimore to raise funds for "Freedom Dance the Movie" - an animated documentary film about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution! Original Art, created for the movie, to be sold.

    "As the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution approaches and memories of its destruction by Soviet forces recede, it is vital to show the sufferings of ordinary Hungarians. This film is a bold endeavor to help Americans understand both the bravery of a people yearning for freedom and the brutal invasion that was intended to crush their hopes."
    - Janusz Bugajski, Director, Central and East European Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Freedom Dance, the MovieFreedom Dance is produced and directed by award-winning filmmakers Steven Fischer and Craig Herron. They collaborated with 1956 emigre Edward Hilbert in combining recorded interviews and photographs with the unconventional use of character-driven cartoon animation.

    Where and When?

    Norman & Sara Brown Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
    5700 Park Heights Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21215

    Exhibit runs January 9 - February 10, 2006 with a reception Sunday, January 22, 2006 from 3-5pm. The reception is free, and we are selling the original art work from the movie (signed by Edward Hilbert) to raise finishing funds. Hungarian Ambassador Andras Simonyi and Cultural Attache Karoly Dan from the Hungarian Embassy as well as representatives from AHF will be on hand to speak at the reception. [read more]

    AHF turns 100! Join us and help us represent our community1/12/2006 - AHF Leadership Conference on January 27th in Venice, Florida. All members are invited as Hungarian organizations and individuals come together to discuss and brainstorm AHF's 2006/2007 projects. Included in the discussion are events related to the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. [download the invitation]

    1/7/2006 - AHF calling on the community to help support scholarships for needy Hungarian minority students from 4 countries... In 2005, AHF sent $5000.00 and another $1000.00 this month for 4 Transylvanian students in the town of Marosvasarhely. We can do better! AHF Member Bela J. Bognar founded the Hungarian Scholarship Fund (HSF) to finance the educational needs of needy students of Hungarian descent in Hungary and former Hungarian lands. The scholarship fund is often called the "Paprika Fund" since Dr. Bognar sells paprika to help raise money.

    Help AHF support this worthwhile cause! Go the the DONATE page and click the "Donation" button - be sure to indicate in notes the fund you are supporting.

    1/1/2006 - A Centennial Celebration! The American Hungarian Federation turns 100 - Join and help us represent the interests of our community! AHF turns 100! Join us and help us represent our communityThe American Hungarian Federation (AHF), was founded in 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the oldest ethnic organizations in the US, AHF was established as an association of Hungarian societies, institutions and churches to "defend the interest of Americans of Hungarian origin in the United States." The American Hungarian Federation strives to unite the American Hungarian community through work that supports common goals. AHF is a national, non-partisan, independent umbrella organization representing the interests of the Hungarian American community. [more about us]

    Download the Christmas Announcement: Hungarian Christmas in Brooklyn1/3/2005 - First Hungarian Christmas in Brooklyn, New York a success... AHF helped support the event initiated by the weekly newspaper and AHF member organization The American Hungarian Word / Amerikai Magyar Szo - A Hid, the event was held at the St. Rosalia Roman Catholic Church. For more details, [view the announcement]

    ONGOING - AHF providing free Websites on the 1956 Portal to member organizations as they prepare for the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.Hungary 1956 PortalIf you know of any organization or group planning events for the commemoration of 1956, please contact us. The American Hungarian Federation is sponsoring the 1956 Portal as part of its goals to coordinate and assist member organizations across the country. The 1956 Portal serves as a central information resource for 1956 activities as our community prepares for the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. The Portal also includes Audio and Video files! If you have additional photos or have plans you would like to promote, contact us! Write to Bryan Dawson at

    [See www.hungary1956.com]

    Featured Video

    Note: You will need the free RealAudio Player to see these videos. Click [here] to download.

    Click to download the Video: "Five Days of Revolt in Budapest." 5.2Mb"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)
    [See more audio and video files]

    Featured Member

    Dr. Joseph NagyvaryDr. Dr. Joseph Nagyváry, father of the "Nagyvarius" violin! Dr. Joseph Nagyvary has brought an unprecedented level of academic expertise to bear upon the age old violin puzzle. A native of Hungary, he majored in chemistry at the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest (1952-1956); he became a student of the Swiss Nobel Laureate Paul Karrer in 1957, and received his PhD in the chemistry of natural products in 1962. While in Zurich, he had his first formal violin lessons on a violin which once belonged to Albert Einstein, a coincidence which helped turning his attention to the physical mysteries of the violin. Read more about him on [Featured Members] and [www.nagyvaryviolins.com]

    Featured Link: Do you think you know something about famous Hungarians? Think again! See "Nobel Prize Winners and Famous Hungarians" on www.thehungarypage.com

    AHF Bookstore on

    Search for books that match these keywords:

    OR search on your own!


    [ > GO to all AHF news]

    Strength can only be found in unity! Please join AHF and work together on common ground issues!

    There are two easy ways to Join and Support us!

    1) Online Processing (fastest):

    Join online! AHF accepts all major credit cards and checks. AHF is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Your donations may be tax deductible. Your information is secure not shared with anyone.
    Individual Membership, $50.00
    AHF Patron Member, $100.00
    Help AHF with a tax-deductible donation! AHF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    AHF Disaster Relief
    (100% of donation is sent!*)
    *less PayPal fees

    TARGET: Transylvania Flooding:

    TARGET: Hurricane Katrina:

    Those of you uncomfortable with online transactions, see option 2 below and be sure to include a note indicating which targeted fund you are supporting. (You do not need to become a member to donate.)

    2) The Old-Fashioned Way:

    If you are uncomfortable or unable to process an Internet transaction, download the AHF Membership Registration Form and mail it in with your check payable to "American Hungarian Federation." NOTE: If you are sending a donation for a specific fund, please be sure to include that on the form. (You do not need to become a member to donate):

    American Hungarian Federation
    C/O Sandor Murray, Treasurer
    2805 56th Place
    Woodside NY 11377

    For technical assistance, contact bryandawson@americanhungarianfederation.org

    PRIVACY NOTICE: AHF will not share its mailing list with anyoine...Period. AHF also uses this list SPARINGLY. The American Hungarian Federation does not necessarily endorse the content or opinions found in the external sites found this eNewsletter..

    © 2005 American Hungarian Federation, All Rights Reserved

    It's time to work together. JOIN AHF online!Join AHF and help your community through unity and common ground!



    Dr. Joseph NagyvaryPhysics Gold Medal to AHF member Joseph Nagyvary, (professor emeritus, Texas A&M University) who was the headline/speaker at the Albert Einstein Centennial celebration by the Japanese Physics Society in Tokyo, December 13. He received the gold medal for his discovery of micro-and nanocomposites in Stradivari violins. His new violin with similar composition was then presented by violinist Mariko Senju in a recital at the Opera City concert hall. Read about him on [Featured Members] or his site at [www.nagyvaryviolins.com]

    HAF LogoThe HungarianAmerica Foundation launched a new targeted announcement and discussion list, called HunEx-Research.

    AHF Member the HungarianAmerica Foundation will continue to be committed to serve the interest of Hungarian researchers, scientists, scholars, and other professionals in the United States. As part of our efforts to bring up-to-date news, useful information, opportunities for fellowships, scholarships, R&D collaborations and employment specifically to the Hungarian-American research community, we have launched a new targeted announcement and discussion list, called HunEx-Research. If interested, you may sign up at http://mailman.hunex.org/mailman/listinfo/hunex-research/

    Sharing America's Resources Abroad (SARA) continues in worldwide effort to help those in medical need. It needs your help! See the incredible work of this AHF member organization headed by the Rev. Stephen Szilagyi, an AHF Tako Geza Award winner. [about SARA] or read the [December Newsletter]


    Hungary's desert raiders
    1/12/2006 - Budapest Sun

    HUNGARIAN competitors are finding the going rather tough at the 28th Dakar Rally, running for 9,043 kilometers from Lisbon, Portugal to Dakar in Senegal between Dec 31, 2005 and Jan 15, 2006.

    This year's race saw a record number o f Hungarian entrants with five pairs in the cars category, four bikers, one quad rider and three truck teams trying their luck in the desert.
    [read more]

    Hungarian Football lost in turmoil and tragedy
    1/12/2006, Budapest Sun

    HUNGARY is drifting aimlessly towards footballing oblivion without a national team coach or a presidium to lead the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSz), following the dismissal of president Imre Bozóky.

    Bozóky, who had been in charge for six years, was forced to step down after more than half of the MLSz presidium resigned, automatically bringing his mandate to an end. [read more]

    [Kosovar Autonomy? Is it time to push for Vojvodina Autonomy? - BDSz] SERBIAN PLAN SEEKS AUTONOMY FOR THREE KOSOVAR REGIONS.
    RFE/RL Newsline 1/11/2006

    Serbia and Montenegro's platform for UN-backed talks on Kosova's final-status negotiations will seek to form Serbian municipalities in three parts
    of the province, B92 reported on 10 January. The platform, part of which was given to the media the previous day, calls for the formation of Serbian municipalities in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which is in northern Kosova, in Kosovska Pomoravlja, which
    is in central Kosova, and in Metohija. "The part related to decentralization is very important for us because the actual adoption
    of our key demands will enable us to secure a normal lifestyle for the Serbian community in Kosovo and, something that is also very crucial, returning a great number of refugees to the region," Serbian presidential adviser Leon Kojen said. The platform also calls for the protection of the most important Orthodox Christian shrines, with safe zones encircling major religious sites, Hina reported.

    Ronald Reagan and Gypsy Holocaust Statues in Budapest
    1/11/2006 - UPI

    A likeness of the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan is among many new statues scheduled to be erected in the Hungarian capital of Budapest this year. Reagan's bust will be erected in the City Park, next to those of Winston Churchill and George Washington, and was funded by Peter Zwack, a prominent Hungarian liqueur maker.

    A memorial dedicated to the Hungarian gypsy Holocaust will also be set up along the Danube, while a monument marking the 50th anniversary of the 1956 revolution will be unveiled Oct. 23. It will stand on the same spot that was once a site of a statue of Stalin, a huge metal sculpture that was pulled down on the first day of the revolution, the daily Nepszabadsag newspaper said. Another statue will be erected in the city in memory of firefighters who died while on duty.

    Hungarian tourism revenue grows 11% y/y and guest nights up 4% y/y in November 2005
    1/11/2006 - Hungary Business Newswire (Interfax News Agency)

    Hungary's tourism sector grew in November 2005 with a 10.9% y/y jump in revenues and a 4.0% year- on-year (y/y) increase in guest nights, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Wednesday. [read more]

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Visits Croatia
    1/10/2006 - News From Russia

    Hungary's Foreign Minister Ferenc Somogyi said Tuesday his country, which joined the European Union last year, is ready to advise Croatia on its path toward EU membership. Somogyi came to Zagreb for a one-day visit, where he is expected to prepare with his Croatian counterpart for a joint session of the two countries' governments later this month. [read more]

    Gold’s Gym in Hungary
    1/10/2006 - Leisure, UK

    Gold’s Gym’s ambitious expansion plans have now taken the chain to Hungary, where it has opened its first club in Budapest.

    Located in the heart of the city, the club will offer a gym and a range of exercise classes, including group cycling. Other facilities will include a steamroom, sauna, tanning and massage services. [read more]

    Hungary ranks first on the International Handball Federation list
    1/9/2006 - MTI

    The Hungarian women's handball team ranked first on the world list of the best teams prepared by the International Handball Federation. The Hungarian team collected 83 points followed by Russia with 82 points, Croatia 80, South Korea 61, Denmark 59 and Brazil 53 points.

    The Hungarian handball team won the bronze medal in the Women's World Championship held in St. Petersburg in December 2005.

    President sets new tone with New Year speech
    1/9/2006 - Budapest Times

    The New Year address by the President of Hungary provoked more controversy than the ones that were delivered by his predecessor. The oration was well constructed, and seemed almost like a campaign statement ahead of this spring’s parliamentary election. It contained striking assertions - and also enjoyed an afterlife. [read more] or [here]

    Opposition leader calls for creating a safe Hungary
    1/8/2006 - MTI

    Budapest, January 8 (MTI) - Chairman of the main opposition Fidesz party Viktor Orban on Sunday said that creating a safe and secure Hungary would be the biggest task in the 21st century.

    Addressing a rally in Debrecen, a Fidesz stronghold in eastern Hungary, the former prime minister, who led a centre-right government from 1998 to 2002, said it would depend on the outcome of the upcoming 2006 general elections whether Hungary would be heading toward the 21st century or sliding backwards into the previous one. [read more]

    André Kertész (1894-1985) - Part 1: Hungary to Paris
    1/7/2006 - About.com

    Hungary, a small land-locked country in the centre of Europe, nurtured far more than its share of genius in the first half of 20th century. It was Hungarian scientists who drove forward the Manhattan project to produce the first atomic bomb and invented the biro and the hologram; Hungarian footballers who showed that England could be defeated and Hungarian photographers who shone in the world of photojournalism and modernism. Among them were Brassai (Gyula Halasz), the great recorder of the Paris demimonde, Cornell and Robert Capa, the inspiration of Magnum, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy who brought the ideas of the Bauhaus to found the Institute of Design in Chicago, Martin Munkasci, and, perhaps the greatest of them all, André Kertész.
    [read more]

    Hungarian peacekeeping unit to leave for Kosovo
    1/5/2006 Xinhua, China

    A Hungarian peacekeeping unit will leave for Pristina, Kosovo, on Jan. 15, Hungarian military officer Lt. Gen. Laszlo Braun said Thursday. The main duty of the 150-strong light infantry company will be to protect civilians, but the unit will also carry out crisis management, humanitarian and rescue tasks, Braun said.

    The unit has been dispatched under NATO's Multinational Land Forces in Kosovo and will return to Hungary in July. Currently, 254 Hungarian troops are serving as part of a guard and security unit in Pristina. Kosovo, a province of Serbia, has been under UN administration since a NATO-led bombing campaign in 1999 forced the withdrawal of Serbian troops from the province.

    More than 800 Hungarian troops are involved in international peacekeeping operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Sinai Peninsula, Cyprus and the Balkans.

    Hungary 2005 public deficit meets target of 6.1 pct of GDP
    1/5/2006 - Forbes

    Hungary met its public deficit target for 2005 of 6.1 pct of GDP, MTI-Econews reported, citing the Finance Ministry.

    The figure is based on EU measures, which is the sum of the 4.4 pct of GDP public deficit, the 0.2 pct of GDP local council deficit and a further 2.8 pct of GDP resulting from adjustments under EU accounting methodology, minus 1.3 pct of GDP because of the effect of pension reforms. [read more]

    Remembering the Hungarian Revolution
    1/4/2006 - ExplorerNews.com

    It was a cold November day in 1956 when Marana resident Karl Horvath, 18 at the time, decided to leave Hungary to find a better way of life.

    Horvath, now 67, and his step- brother were among a group of about a dozen people who took a train from the city of Papa to the Austrian border. From there, they had to trek the rest of the way down a lonesome highway. [read more]

    Ghost World
    Quietly audacious, Hungarian cinematographer's debut is the most existential of Holocaust films
    1/3/2006 - Village Voice

    Adapted from Nobel laureate Imre Kertész's autobiographical novel of an Auschwitz boyhood, the Hungarian film Fateless has a remarkable absence of sentimentality. The movie is obviously artistic, but there are no cheap or superfluous effects. It's almost mystically translucent. Fateless is Lajos Koltai's first film as a director, but he has a long and distinguished career as a cinematographer, including 14 films shot for István Szabó.
    [read more]

    1/3/2006 - Vue Weekly, Edmonton

    Hungarian-Canadian producer Attila Glatz brought his Salute to Vienna to Edmonton on New Year’s Day

    After a big night of New Year’s Eve partying, Edmonton classical music fans had the chance to unwind with the Salute To Vienna troupe, who were prepared to help listeners relax and recover with a show filled with spectacular Viennese music and dancing. This 70-year-old Hungarian tradition has been recreated in North America by Attila Glatz Concert Productions, currently dazzling audiences in thirty-three cities. [read more]

    Andrew Vajna's film about the bloody 1956 water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union:

    Szabadság, szerelem
    Andrew G. Vajna munkája 1956-ról

    Nepszabadság Online

    Nyolc év után ismét magyar nyelvu filmet készít az Amerikában elo producer, Andrew G. Vajna - ezúttal az 1956-os forradalomról. A Szabadság, szerelem címu film forgatókönyvének elso változatát Hollywood egykor legdrágább sztárszerzoje, a magyar származású Joe Eszterhas írta. [tovabb]

    Basketball wunderkind and son of Csernyanszky Judit, who organized a small Hungarian class for children in Maryland, featured in local paper:

    A sign of the times -
    Handicap not a problem for Horvath

    The Gazette, Maryland

    Greg Horvath - Basketball StarRockville High sophomore Greg Horvath (right) tries to draw a charge against Kennedy’s Jeremy Herring last Thursday. Horvath is almost completely deaf, but communicating is not an issue.

    In basketball, or any team sport really, communication is the key to success. The importance of teammates trusting each other, being able to rely on and communicate with each other is immeasurable. So, imagine if one player was set apart from the team, didn’t have the same capacity to communicate. One would think it’d cause major problems. But Rockville forward Greg Horvath seems to have broken through such a barrier. Despite his hearing disability — he was born with hearing but lost it almost completely six months later — Horvath, just a sophomore, has landed a starting role on the Rams’ varsity. [read more]


    George Gerbner, 86: Educator Researched the Influence of TV Viewing on Perceptions
    12/29/2005 - LA Times

    George Gerbner, an educator and pioneer researcher into the influence of television violence on viewers' perceptions of the world, has died. He was 86.

    Gerbner, the former dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, died Saturday at his home in Philadelphia of unspecified causes.

    Always interested in storytelling, the Hungarian-born Gerbner became concerned as television and motion pictures supplanted family members and friends in relaying tales both true and fictional. [read more]