AHF eNews, March 2010
3/22/2010 - AHF President discusses Slovak Language Law with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek and submits follow up letter: "...[Slovakia's] actions include the gerrymandering of the administrative division of Slovakia so that Hungarians are in the minority; adopting a resolution proposed by extremist Jan Slota ratifying and confirming the Benes decrees; and refusing to rehabilitate Janos Esterhazy, who as leader of the Hungarian Party in Tiso’s Fascist Slovakia was the only Member of Parliament to vote against the deportation of Jews in 1942, yet who died in a Czechoslovak prison after the war."
This is the latest in a series of efforts aimed at publicizing and overturning this law [read more]
3/16/2010 - 20th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Kossuth Bust in the US Capitol... AHF and members of the community joined Congress, the Hungarian Embassy, and the Lantos Foundation in a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the Kossuth Bust in the US Capitol, a gift from AHF to the people of the United States. [read more]
3/15/2009 - Hungarian Americans commemorate Hungarian National Day. President Obama sends congratulations. The 1848 Hungarian Revolution, under its leader Louis Kossuth, sought to throw off the Austrian Yoke. It failed after Russian intervention, but its impact on the United States is felt even today [read more]
3/12/2010 - AHF holds 51st annual General Assembly meeting - AHF held its 51st annual meeting at the Hungarian Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, during March 5-6, 2010. Federation leaders presented their annual reports; participants discussed various operational and policy issues; decisions were reached with regard to various issues, including financial contributions the Federation provides The assembly electred a new slate of officers including Frank Koszorus, Jr. as New national President. [read more]
3/9/2009 - Proud to be Hungarian? AHF issues Census Alert. AHF urges Americans of Hungarian ethnicity, background and cultural heritage to identify on the 2010 US Census and asks all organizations to distribute a one page flyer on how to do it [read more in English] [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! [read more]
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Rebecca McEldowney's "Soul of Flesh: A Novel of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution" [read more]
Dr. Katalin Kadar Lynn's "Tibor Eckhardt in His Own Words: An Autobiography" [read more]
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News & Member Events
4/15, San Fransisco, CA:
The Kossuth Bust in the United States Capitol..."The spirit of our age is Democracy. All for the people and all by the people. Nothing about the people, without the people. That is Democracy, and that is the ruling tendency of the spirit of our age." - Louis Kossuth, spoken before the Ohio State Legislature, February 16, 1852, more than a decade before Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Kossuth was the leader of the 1848-1849 Hungarian War of Liberation against Austria commemorated on March 15th, Hungarian National Day.
To celebrate and commemorate the friendship and shared values between the people of the United States and those of Hungarian descent, the American Hungarian Federation commissioned a bronze bust of Lajos Kossuth and offered it to U.S. Congress. [read more] and hear Kossuth speak on an authentic recording!
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.
Zala Springs Resort
Susanna (Zsuzsanna) Lápossy is a Freedom Circle Member of the
American Hungarian Federation. Her book, the first part of
a trilogy entitled "Life behind the iron curtain" contains
lesser-known facts about 20th century Hungary as seen through a middle-class
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