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AHF eNews, October 2012
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10/23/2012 - AHF Issues Statement on the 56th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution entitled, "The Hungarian 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight: A Nation of Heroes." 1956 was not the first time in Hungary’s thousand year history that the Hungarian nation -- the people -- stood up for liberty, independence and democracy. One just needs to remember the Revolution of 1848 when Hungarians rose up against Hapsburg oppression and with Lajos Kossuth at the helm championed freedom and democracy. Or one can recall July 1944 when a Hungarian armored division blocked the deportation of more than 200,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary. Or one can point to 1945 when despite Soviet occupation, Hungarians resoundingly rejected the Communist Party and elected the Smallholders Party. [read more]
October 23, 2012 - AHF Honors the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the first tear in the Iron Curtain where Hungarians from all walks of life rose up against insurmountable odds to fight the brutal Soviet-installed Hungarian communist government. Thousands died fighting, others were later tortured and executed, while 200,000 were forced to flee. October 23, 2012 marks the 56thAnniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
„Magyarország elkötelezettje a demokratikus értékeknek” – '56-os ünnepségek az USA-ban: "...Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség a történelem más eseményeivel kapcsolatban is bizonyítja a magyar nép töretlen szabadságvágyát. Példaként hozza az 1848-as forradalmat és szabadságharcot, azt az eseményt, amikor 1944-ben magyar páncélos ezred mentett meg kétszázezer zsidót a deportálástól a nácik által megszállt Magyarországon.
„Aki nem ismeri Magyarország gazdag történelmét, a nemzeti karaktert, arra az elhamarkodott következtetésre juthat – és képes a külföldi közvéleménnyel elhitetni –, hogy Magyarország ma nem igazán elkötelezett a demokrácia megőrzésében. Az igazság azonban az, hogy Magyarország továbbra is erős elkötelezettje a demokratikus értékeknek. A NATO tagjaként továbbra is szolgálja a szabadságot a NATO küldetések teljesítésében – írja Koszorús Ferenc, az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség elnöke." [tovább]
10/19/2012 - Commemorating the 56th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Congressman Diaz-Balart, and Gov. George Pataki were among the guests of honor at the "56 at 56" Gala Dinner sponsored by the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. marking the 56th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution 1956. Additional speakers included Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi and Hungarian-American two-time Gold Medal winner Susan (Zsuzsanna) Francia. [read more]
10/5/2012 - "'The Diplomats' Pursue Rock-And-Roll Outreach." NPR's Metro Connection, hosted by Rebecca Sheir, featured the Hungarian Embassy's Rock Band. Bryan Dawson, AHF's Executive Chairman, sings for the group. Rebecca and her popular NPR program has recently been exploring unique ways diplomacy works. The bandmembers shared their experiences with communism and the suppression of creative freedom. The peoples of the captive nations had to find unique ways to express their discontent while staying under the radar of communist authorities to avoid sometimes harsh punishment. One of the songs the Diplomats perform is by a Hungarian group formed in 1982 called Bikini. Akos Veisz, the band's saxophonist and bass player explained, "The Hungarian title is "Adj helyet magad mellett," which is, like, "Give Me a Place Right Next To You." So they were trying to write songs, which had these double meanings. So this one is about love, one meaning, the other is the love for freedom." [Read more] and listen to the radio program!
8/21/2012 - AHF sends letter to Romanian Ambassador and Chairmen of the US Helsinki Commission regarding the Szekely-Miko Case: AHF is "deeply concerned that the prosecution of former state secretary Attila Marko, Silviu Vlim and Tamas Marosan in connection with the restitution to the Reformed Diocese of
8/31/2012 - Amerikai magyarok is tiltakoznak a Mikó Kollégium ügyében: „A magyar kisebbség érthető okok miatt nem csupán egy restitúciós problémát lát a sepsiszentgyörgyi Mikó Kollégium ügyében, hanem egy közösség elleni célirányos tevékenységet, az intolerancia, diszkrimináció megnyilvánulását. A bigottság, az intolerancia a demokráciában hívő emberek meggyalázása, és sérti a nyugati értékeket, normákat” [tovább]
22.08.2012 - Indokolatlannak tartja a sepsiszentgyörgyi Székely Mikó Kollégium restitúciója ügyében érintett személyek elleni bűnvádi eljárást az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség (AMSZ). Tízezres nagyságrendben várnak tüntetőket Sepsiszentgyörgyre a Székely Mikó Kollégium visszaállamosítása elleni tüntetésre szeptember elsején. [tovább]
London 2012 saw Hungary repeat its historic Olympic excellence. Some have called Hungary's 2012 Olympic performance a "miracle," but in reality, the miracle has been Hungary's historic performance since 1896. Hungary's 17 medals and incredible 8th ranking in total Gold in London is exemplary of where Hungary has been for the last century! Hungary ranked 5th in Gold per Capita!
As we celebrate the Spirit of the Games and the success of Hungary and all the Olympic athletes and express our gratitiude for their excellence and to their families who have sacrificed so much, we also also take the opportunity to congratulate Hungarian-Americans Rebecca Soni (Sőni) (2 Golds and a Silver with 2 World Records) and Susan (Zsuzsanna) Francia (Gold Medalist and 5-time World Champion!), and Julie Zetlin, (the United States’ only representative for Rhythmic gymnastics and the first and only rhythmic gymnast to qualify from the United States since 2004) on their fantastic London 2012 performances for the United States! We also congratulate the Hungarian Paralympians who earned an additional 14 medals (2 gold, 6 Silver, and 6 Bronze!)
As of 2012, Hungary Ranks 8th in Gold Medals! More than Russia, Australia and Japan! Hungary also Ranks 8th Overall! More than China, more than Russia! [read more] on Bryan Dawson's "Nobel Prize Winners and Famous Hungarians."
Featured Books & Articles
T. Zane Reeves: "Shoes Along the Danube." Based on a true story, this amazing book follows the lives of two extended Hungarian families, the Rézlers and the Földes, one gentile and the other Jewish, through three decades. The story begins in pre-World War II Budapest, as increasing fascism and anti-Semitism lead Hungary to become an ally of Germany. In 1944, Germany invades Hungary to exterminate Europe’s last remaining group of Jews at the infamous Auschwitz death camp. The story builds through the siege of Budapest, the Russian occupation of Hungary, and separation by exile. It includes the story of Col. Ferenc Koszorus and the battle against Nazi forces. Buy [his books] and other products on the AHF Amazon Store
How did a wine from a remote corner of Europe gain unparalleled fame worldwide? This is the central question answered on virtually every page of Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition, a new book that promises to be a touchstone for all future writing on Tokaji. The world's first botrytis wine, Hungary's Tokaji won an enviable reputation centuries ago. But never before have the development of its winetypes and the story of its ups and downs in fame and prestige been presented so fully in English. [read more] or Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
More member books on AHF's Amazon Store:
Miles Lambert-Gocs: "Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition: A Journey into Tokaji Wine History." Wine Spectator called it "the most comprehensive reference book on Tokaji available in the English language." [read more] and Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
Kitty Gogins: "My flag Grew Stars" by [Read more] about the book or purchase the book on
Simon, Paul M: "The Old lady and the Fawn," the first bilingual edition of "Öreg néne ozikéje" (Hungarian)
Order now at Simpa Books
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]
2012 Membership Appeal...
1990: Kossuth in the US Capitol:
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. House Concurrent Resolution 251 (Introduced by Congressman Tom Lantos,
cosponsored by Congressman William Broomfield and a Senate support motion
by Sen. Pell) called for placement of the statue in the US Capitol. It
was adopted on Feb 27, 1990 (House) and March 1 (Senate).
Liz (Szabo) Vos
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Gabby Tary is an artist and comedian originally from Budapest, Hungary. She now resides in Santa Monica, and recently authored her first book, "Congratulations, it's a Communism." She was a principal on television favorities including "The Arsenio Hall Show" and has performed at multiple theatres and comedy venues across the United States and in Hungary.
Gabby Tary was born in Budapest, Hungary. Growing up in Budapest during the communist regime, Gabby has an intense sense of history and a profound insight into human nature, influencing her work. Respect and love for people was instilled in her from childhood experiencing the human on human brutality, where life had changed little during the cruel authority of Stalin's terror. The family left Hungary in 1956 following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Gabby fought in the Hungarian revolution and has intense love for democracy and freedom. Frustrated with the the success of teh Tea Party movement which she saw as a threat to democracy in the United States, she decided to write her first book. [Read more] and buy [her book] and other products on the AHF Amazon Store
AHF Book Review: Rememberance (Pamięć): Polish Refugees in Hungary 1939-1946 (Emlékezés - Lengyel Menekültek Magyarorszagon 1939-1946) by Grzegorz and Krystyna Lubczyk. Throughout its history, Hungary offered refuge to a wide variety of ethnicities trying to escape persecution in their homelands. At the beginning and throughout the Second World War, Poles, including considerable number of its military, sought and received refuge from Nazi and Stalinist persecution. Eventually most of the soldiers went on and joined the Allied war effort and played an important part in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
A new two volume work by the former Polish ambassador to Hungary, Grzegorz Łubczyk and his wife Krystyna under the patronage of the Polish president, document the story of the Polish refugees in Hungary in Emlékezés (Pamięć or Rememberance) Polish Refugees in Hungary 1939-1946. The first volume gives an overview of what transpired and the second volume gives personal stories of many of the nearly 120,000 Polish refugees who were granted redoubt at nearly 200 locations scattered throughout Hungary. [Read the AHF Book Review] by Csaba Zoltani.
How did a wine from a remote corner of Europe gain unparalleled fame worldwide? This is the central question answered on virtually every page of Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition, a new book that promises to be a touchstone for all future writing on Tokaji. The world's first botrytis wine, Hungary's Tokaji won an enviable reputation centuries ago. But never before have the development of its winetypes and the story of its ups and downs in fame and prestige been presented so fully in English. [read more] and Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
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