Top AHF National Headlines 9/28/2006
AHF Member News
9/19/2006 - AHF issues statement in reaction to political crisis over Gyurcsany "Pinnochio Gate" speech. Peaceful demonstrations were held worldwide as Hungarians reacted to an aired audiotape of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany telling members of his ruling Socialist Party that his government had lied about the state of the country's economy throughout its two years in office. "We lied throughout the past one and a half or two years," he said. "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening and also at night."
AHF Statement /
8/1/2006 - Virginia's Governor Kaine honors the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Virginia answers AHF's call and joins Texas, Colorado, Ohio, and Maryland in issuing a proclamation honoring the 1956 fight for freedom. AHF is pursuing resolutions in all 50 states. How can you help? [read more]
6/22/2006 - American Hungarian Federation submits Letter to President Bush Prior to his trip to Budapest. While expressing thanks for the visit and for honoring the 1956 Hungarian revolution, (the Federation recommended such a visit last year, but only after Hungarian elections), the letter noted that “there are Hungarian communities living in states neighboring Hungary who do not yet fully enjoy the benefits of freedom because of the discrimination and intolerance they experience solely due to their nationality.” It suggested how fitting this 50th anniversary year would be it if it were to be “capped by a commitment by every country of the region to promote genuine democracy (and stability) by respecting the minority rights and legitimate aspirations of their respective minorities.” [download the entire letter to the President] [read the President's full remarks] [read more about AHF's 1956 activities]
6/16/2006 - AHF outlines key issues in Open Letter/Nyílt Levél to Hungarian Prime Minister Gyurcsány (in English and Hungarian). The Federation decided to publish this letter because it has watched with growing concern how the Medgyessy / Gyurcsany governments ignored or failed to adequately address several key issues – economic reforms, support for families, aspirations of Hungarian minorities in countries neighboring Hungary and voting rights.
The opening reads:
"The American Hungarian Federation is a one-hundred-year-old umbrella organization that represents a cross-section of the Hungarian American community. It has for decades monitored the situation of the Hungarians, including the historic Hungarian communities living as minorities in states neighboring Hungary. This letter is written on the occasion of Hungary’s 5th democratic election since the demise of communism and the restoration of Hungary’s sovereignty." [read more in English]
"Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség olyan százéves ernyoszervezet, amely az amerikai magyarság széles köreit képviseli. A Szövetség évtizedek óta figyelemmel kíséri a magyarság helyzetének alakulását, a határon túli történelmi magyar kisebbségi közösségeket is ideértve. Jelen levél a magyar szuverenitás helyreállítása és a kommunizmus összeomlása utáni ötödik szabad magyar választások alkalmából íródott." [tovább magyarul]
Continuing News: AHF continues call for support of a 1956 Statue for the Nation's Capital...AHF's 1956 Commemoration Committee is seeking your help to erect a statue in Washington, D.C. devoted to the heroes of the Hungarian Revolution. The AHF plan calls for an actual-size statue to be placed prominently in Washington while we raise funds for its bronze replacement. Seen here with his prototype design is renowned sculptor Gyuri Hollosy, who was responsible for the Boston Liberty Square memorial. At the recent Capitol Reception honoring 1848, Congressman Tom Lantos mentioned his intent to place a 1956 memorial in Washington. We must ensure this remarkable design is selected! Contact email@example.com and join the 1956 Commemoration Committee!
Continuing news - AHF providing free Websites on the 1956 Portal (www.hungary1956.com) to member organizations as they prepare for the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: You will need the free RealAudio Player to see these videos. Click [here] to download.
"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)
New Video posted to the 1956 Portal! "News Magazine of the Screen" presented "Flight from Hungary" in early 1957 featuring video taken after the brutal Soviet re-occupation. "This is battered Budapest under the brutal Russian boot, Soviet tanks roam the streets under the ruins they laid as communist secret police hunt down heroic Freedom Fighters. 25,000 Hungarians are dead." A fascinating video, it also includes news about the Suez Crisis and more glimpes into life during this time.
A new book by Rebecca McEldowney and an article by Attila
Ürményházi in Tasmania were also added to the publications
Continuing news - A Centennial Celebration! The American Hungarian Federation turned 100 - Join and help us represent the interests of our community! The 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. Members are reminded to send dues before March 31st. [more about us]
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20, 2006 (Washington, DC)
THE COSMOS CLUB
On Friday, October 20th, at 6:30 p.m.
This is a fine opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest events
of the 20th century in a setting worthy of the occassion of the 50th
Anniversaryu of the Hungarian Revolution.
October 27 and 29
AHF thanks St. Thomas University and Gen. Robert Ivanyi, the Honorary Consul of Hungary, Phillip Aronoff, and the Houston Hungarians for their support! In addition to the panels, AHF will present its Col. Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom. AHF's Csaba Teglas is a keynote speaker. For more information, contact AHF Texas Chapter President, Chris Cutrone at firstname.lastname@example.org
AHF MEMBER NEWS
Pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony has been recognized worldwide for his extraordinary musicianship and is known as a "Hungarian Rhapsodist." He has released six albums, has toured in 22 countries, won numerous awards, and appeared on television and radio programs throughout the world. In 1987, Laszlo won First Prize at The Great American Jazz Piano Competition. JazzTimes has called him "one of contemporary music's truly original voices."
Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation - 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Exhibition: April 9 - October 1, 2006
The New York 1956 Committee selling tickets to the October 15 Carnegie Hall Celebration and Requiem Mass in honor of 1956. For more information, contact Agnes Niemetz: email@example.com or see the official site at www.Hungary1956NYC.org
Naples, FL: The American Foundation for Hungarian Youth and Culture - 1956 Memorial Statue receives approval from Collier County Board of Commissioners!
The Foundation supports education and awareness of Hungarian Culture in Naples and in Hungary, primarily among youth. They are also making plans to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Support the cause by purchasing Ribbon Car Magnets to commemorate the 1956 Fight for Freedom. It says "USA 1776 / Hungary 1956: Freedom is not Free." Magnets cost 1-4 magnets cost $5.00 each, with quantity discounts. Tax-deductible donations are also appreciated. Contact Andrew Evva, President at (239) 593-9513 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Hungarian Council of Lorain County officially dedicated its 1848-1956 Memorial Monument on Sept. 17, 2006 starting with a dedication ceremony at Oakwood Park. Hundreds gathered at attended a banquet in the social hall of the Hungarian Reformed Church.
Hungarian Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The American Hungarian Federation recently added $1000.00 to its effort at raising funds to the Hungarian Scholarship Fund that supports ethnic Hungarian students in the successor states in the Carpathian Basin. The Federation gave $5000.00 in 2005, and needs your support to surpass that number. Known as the "Professor Paprika," Bela Bognar grows and sells paprika to raise money. [read more] about the Hungarian Scholarship Fund and DONATE!
"Magyar Park" relocation and renewal effort in Erie PA successful! The park, founded by AHF member Frank Juhasz, commemorating the 1956 revolution was moved to a larger area and refurbished in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. [read more]
Exhibition on 1956 Hungarian Revolution in downtown Boston's Prudential Center
Dr. Gabor Garai, Honorary Hungarian Consul in Boston, is planning and exhibition that aims to educate the public about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The Prudential Center agreed to provide an well-trafficked area for the display. Planned is a photo exhibit and other artifacts./ A Magyar Köztársaság Boston-i Tiszteletbeli Konzulátusa nagyszabású ünnepségsorozatot szervez 2006. október 20. és 30.-a között az 1956-os Magyar Forradalom és Szabadságharc 50. évfordulója alkalmából. Az eseménysorozat egyik jelentõs állomása a Prudential Center Huntington Árkád, más néven Wintergarten részében tartandó egy hetes fotókiállítás, amelynek anyagát egyrészt a Washington-i Nagykövetség által felajánlott utazó-fotó kiállítás, másrészt a jólismert osztrák származású fotográfus Erich Lessing képei szinesítenek majd.
Contact: Hungarian Honorary Consulate 111 Huntington Avenue, 26th Floor
The Boston Hungarians are also planning other events for the commemoration of 1956. They are calling for volunteers! Visit The Hungarian Society of Massachusetts for more information.
The Minnesota Hungarians are planning a 1956 exhibition and many other events. Contact Laszlo Fulop and help make Minnesota's events come alive. See minnesotahungarians.onza.net
The Hungary Page and "Nobel Prize Winners & Famous Hungarians"
Do you think you know something about famous Hungarians? Think again! See "Nobel Prize Winners and Famous Hungarians" on www.thehungarypage.com
Kahlo (b. 1907, in Coyoacán, Mexico City; died 13th.
Read more about her on The Hungary Page's "Nobel Prize Winners and Famous Hungarians" at www.thehungarypage.com
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