AHF eNews, February 2010
2/16/2009 - AHF urges OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities to increase pressure on Slovakia to repeal oppressive language law. "The language law is the latest manifestation of the Slovak government’s intolerance toward its Hungarian minority. Not surprisingly, the Slovak National Party (“SNS”) is a member of the ruling coalition. Its chairman Jan Slota is known for his xenophobia: “Hungarians are the cancer of the Slovak nation, without delay we need to remove them from the body of the nation.” [read more]
2/3/2009 - AHF urges Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to "publicly and unambiguously express [her] concern relative to the Slovak language law. By curtailing or eliminating the use of minority languages from the public sphere, that discriminatory law threatens the Hungarian minority’s culture and infringes on fundamental freedoms." [read more]
1/12/10 -- AHF urged Vice President Biden to discuss policies with his "Romanian interlocutors that they should adopt to strengthen Romania's democratic institutions and respect the rights of its Hungarian minority" during his trip to Romania. Frank Koszorus, Jr., co-president and chairman of the Federation's International Relations Committee reports, "We understand that issues relating to the Hungarian minority were raised." [read more]
1/9/10 -- AHF calls upon Vice President Biden to discuss Slovakia's language law with Hungarian Prime Minister Bajnai during the latter's trip to Washington, "with a resolution that Slovakia be urged to repeal this discriminatory law." [Read more]
1/9/10 -- The American Hungarian Federation participates in meeting with Ambassador John Beyrle, On January 8, 2010, members of the Central East European Coalition (CEEC) met with Amb. Beyrle, a career Foreign Service Officer and specialist in Russian and Eastern European affairs who currently is Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation. The participants discussed various issues during the more that two hour-long meeting with Amb. Beyrle, including U.S. / Russian relations, Russian policies toward Europe, including Central and Eastern Europe, and energy security.
11/27/09 -- American Hungarian Federation and others express their concern about sweeping statements made by Ambassador in interview concerning Hungary. The Washington Times publishes Federation's letter and former Foreign Service Officer pens letter to the Ambassador. "[The Ambassador is] ignoring an exceedingly complex social problem that not even the government has been able to address effectively. While discussing prejudice, he also could have referred to the intolerance toward the Hungarian minorities throughout the region." [read more]
11/24/09 -- "Elfogadhatatlan a szlovák politika." The American Hungarian Federation's call for greater cooperation among Hungarian American organizations in raising the ill-advised and discriminatory Slovak language law published in Heti Valasz. The same letter questions conclusions about various foreign policy issues made in an earlier interview. [read more]
11/06/2009 -- 20th Anniverary of the Fall of the Berlin wall - 1989 - 2009! American Hungarian Federation calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to recognize the significant role Hungary played in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. Read the AHF Letter/White House Release. [read more]
10/24/2009 -- Federation thanks Press Secretary for statement on the 53rd anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and raises fact that not all Hungarians in the region enjoy the full benefits of democracy, referring to the discriminatory language law in Slovakia and the failure of Romania to restore the Hungarian Babes/Bolyai University in Cluj / Kolozsvar or grant the Szeklerland autonomy. Read More - AHF Letter / Press Secretary's statement
10/19/2009 - Former Hungarian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States Geza Jeszenszky Writes Article entitled, "Magyar lobby Amerikában?" about the American Hungarian Federation and Other Hungarian American Organizations. "Koszorús Ferenc washingtoni ügyvéd, az 1944-es Horthy- és zsidóellenes puccskísérletet meghiúsító Koszorús ezredes fia, kiváló szakember a kongresszusi kapcsolatok, a politikai lobbizás tekintetében is, ő a legpatinásabb amerikai magyar szervezet, a több mint száz éves Amerikai Magyar Szövetség társelnöke. A közelmúltban az alábbi helyzetképet adta a magyar érdekek amerikai érvényesítésével kapcsolatban." [read more]
9/26/2009 - AHF holds its more than 100 years of service celebration... The American Hungarian Federation (AHF) celebrated its more than 100 years of service to the Hungarian American community with a magnificent Gala Ball at the Hungarian American Athletic Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gala program began with a moving candlelight ceremony signifying the eternal flame that unites American Hungarians with Hungarians throughout the world. [more]
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! [read more]
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News & Member Events
"The Movement for Independent Hungary," seeking to extract Hungary from the Axis sphere...On the 31st of December 1940, the Amerikai Magyar Népszava, the most influential Hungarian language daily at the time, published a front-page editorial headlined “The Hour has Struck.” The editorial proclaimed that it was the “the historic mission of Americans of Hungarian origin to give voice to the cries of the silenced people of Hungary and to give their whole hearted effort to the liberation of their mother country which is clubbed into submission by the Nazi terror.” [read more]
Steve Bognar, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and 2010 Oscar Nominee for "The Last Truck," a documentary about the closing of a General Motors plant in Moraine Ohio. He is also the son of a proud father, and AHF Scholarship Committee Chair, Bela Bognar, a.k.a., "Professor Paprika." Read more about him on [Featured Members]
AHF has begun featuring articles written by distinguished AHF members. AHF encourages all members to submit scholarly essays, books, and other materials which will be featured on our Publications page. 1956 Revolution-related materials are featured on www.hungary1956.com
The current selection is Banjin, the latest novel by acclaimed Emmy nominated cinematographer Andrew Laszlo... One reader wote: "BANJIN picks up more than 200 years after Shogun. The year is 1843. Another shipwreck. A Japanese boy, Masahiro, is blown in storm away from his village to a desolate island, rescued by American whalers and brought to New Bedford, Massachusetts in a voyage that would make Conrad, Melville or Dana proud. As John Mong, the boy is well educated at Exeter, advises Congress, goes back to sea, joins the Gold Rush in California, and returns home to Japan. He becomes Lord Tanaka Masahiro, and helps open Japan to the west as a leading character in the Meiji Restoration.
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