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June - August issue of Transylvania Today - Hungarian minority rights continue to be a major issue for the American Hungarian Federation (AHF). What follows is a rundown of recent developments of concern to us in Transylvania. [read more]
09/13/2017 - AHF submits letter to US Secretary of State Tillerson regarding the inexplicable decision by Ukraine prohibiting Hungarian children of western Ukraine to study in their mother tongue (as well as in Ukrainian) beyond the 4th grade. That discriminatory law threatens the Hungarian minority’s culture and infringes on fundamental freedoms insofar as the survival of any national minority is to a large extent dependent on its ability to preserve and cultivate its culture, especially its language. [read more]
8/30/2017 - Open Letter to Gyorgy Lazar, Hungarian Free Press: Considering the “fake news” and misinformation that finds its way to the internet, readers need to heed the flashing yellow light, i.e., read and rely upon postings of a political nature with great caution! With few exceptions, responding to such postings is a waste of time as disseminating truth is not the authors’ motive. Not this time. [read more]
8/23/2017 - AHF issues statement condemning hatred and violence. The American Hungarian Federation (AHF) unequivocally and forcefully condemns any and all manifestations of hatred, xenophobia, discrimination and domestic terrorism. The Hungarian community understands first-hand the impact of these evil manifestations.
UPDATE - According to an August 29 report in JTA, a monument to Jewish Holocaust victims was vandalized in the Hungarian town of Balf. [read more]
8/20/2017 - AHF Leadership Retreat: AHF leadership held an all-day long retreat on August 19, 2017. “We wanted to review our mission and activities which for more than a century have successfully filled and continues to fill a gap in our community,” said AHF president Akos Nagy. [read more]
7/14/2017 - July 7 is now Ferenc Koszorus Memorial Day. As part of the Ferenc Koszorus Memorial Day sponsored by the Hungarian Ministry of Defense on July 7, 2017, newly engraved references on the plinth of the Col. Koszorus bust were unveiled. The references relate to Col. Koszorus’ military intervention that precluded the deportation of the Jewish population in Budapest. [read more]
7/14/2017 - On July 7, 2014, AHF Chairman, Frank Koszorus, Jr., met with US Chargé d'Affaires, David J. Kostelancik of the United States Embassy in Budapest. The discussion covered a number of issues but focused on steps that could be taken to improve U.S./Hungarian bilateral relations. The meeting followed the Ferenc Koszorus Memorial Day event in Budapest.
6/12/2017 - AHF lays wreath on the 10th Anniversary of the Victims of Communism Memorial. The American Hungarian Federation was proud to participate in the 10th Annual "Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony" honoring the memory of more than 100 million victims of communist regimes. [read more]
4/22/2017 - AHF Members Celebrate 110 years of service to the community! New York area AHF members celebrated the 110th Anniversary of the incorporation of the American Hungarian Federation at the Garfield Hungarian Citizens League on April 22, 2017. [read more]
Follow AHF's Twitter account that reminds us of the beauty of Historic Hungary. @regikepek features historic photos from Historic Hungary across the former pre-Trianon Hungarian lands in the Carpathian basin from Transylvania to today's Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia.
Featured Books & Articles
Further Reflections on 19 March 1944 and its Aftermath: A Perfect Storm of Tragedy and Folly: Regarding the history of the Hungarian Holocaust, two fundamental issues should be considered: the unacceptability of “whitewashing” or “cleansing” the Holocaust as well as the unacceptability of ”blackening” history by denying, omitting or belittling rescue initiatives and anti-Nazi activities in Hungary even after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied the country. [read more]
Through an American Lens, Hungary, 1938: Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White. AHFs' Freedom Circle Member, Dr. Katalin Kadar Lynn, recently discovered a treasure trove of mostly unpublished photographs taken during a month-long trip to Hungary in 1938 by Life Magazine's most renowned photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White. The photographs not only furnish us with a look at pre-WWII Hungary and its people, but because Bourke-White took unsentimental portraits of the major political figures in Hungary, from the far right to the far left, Communists, Fascists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Smallholders, as well as the primary government officials, it provides us with an insight into these individuals and history provides us with the consequences of their actions. Purchase this book on [read more]
Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron by Deborah Cornelius, Fordham University Press, New York, 2011. Csaba Zoltani writes: "Deborah Cornelius’ Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron (Fordham University Press, New York 2011) gives an excellent overview of the events leading up to and the horrendous events of World War II in Hungary. The effect of the Treaty of Trianon, that without plebiscites, truncated Hungary and deprived it of its natural resources and forced a sizeable portion of its population to live under alien jurisdiction, set the political and sociological climate in Hungary from the 1920's on. Cornelius gives an excellent overview of the readjustment that expressed itself in the politics and led to the belief that revision of the treaty was only possible through German intervention." [read more] Buy it now on AHF's Amazon Store!
Zsuzsa Hanto: "Kitiltott Családok" (Banished families. Communist repression of "class enemies" in Hungary) Hantó Zsuzsa az elszenvedok és visszaemlékezok emlékeit is magában foglaló könyv történész szerzoje nem kevesebbre vállalkozik, mint az 1950-ben és 1951-ben vidékrol és Budapestrol a kommunista rezsin által kitelepített, kitiltott családok szenvedéseit, megpróbáltatásait, nem egyszer pusztulását mutatja be.
A new two volume work by the former Polish ambassador to Hungary, Grzegorz Lubczyk and his wife Krystyna under the patronage of the Polish president, document the story of the Polish refugees in Hungary in Emlékezés (Pamiec 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.
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Featured AHF Article
Further Reflections on 19 March 1944 and its Aftermath: A Perfect Storm of Tragedy and Folly: Regarding the history of the Hungarian Holocaust, two fundamental issues should be considered: the unacceptability of “whitewashing” or “cleansing” the Holocaust as well as the unacceptability of "blackening" history by denying, omitting or belittling rescue initiatives and anti-Nazi activities in Hungary even after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied the country.
Moments in AHF History
AHF presents the Louis Kossuth Bust in the United States Capitol
To celebrate 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 in 1990. Read more and Hear Louis Kossuth Speak!
Joseph Pulitzer (b. 4/10/1847, Makó, Hungary, d. 10/29/1911, Charleston, SC)
Publisher, Civil War Volunteer, Father of the "Pulitzer Prize"
Pulitzer was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the 1st New York Cavalry Regiment which he joined almost immediately upon his arrival in the US. After a time in NewYork sweatshops, he went west and became a reporter. He saved his money, bought partial ownership of the Westliche Post, and when successful sold it. He then bought the St. Louis Dispatch which he merged with the Evening Post, and once that was a success, went to New York, bought the New York World, and a publishing tycoon was born. He then turned his attention to the Statue of Liberty which sat disassembled in disgrace with New York refusing to pay for erecting the statue.
Pulitzer started a fund with this aim and put the name of anyone donating to this project in his newspaper, making him one of the earliest known adopters of crowd-funding. He died one of the richest men in the world with a net worth of USD $30 million at the time of his death. [Read More on Hungarian Nobel Prize Winners and Famous Hungarians]
Did you know Hungary was a founding member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and ranks 8th in the world in medals?
The 2016 Rio Olympics once again showed Hungary's amazing Olympic prowess as she finished tied for 9th in overall gold! "Iron Lady" Katinka Hosszu shattered the world record. Read more on [Hungarian Olympic Triumph]
AHF Members' Corner:
Katalin Kádár Lynn, Ph.D. is a sustaining AHF Kovats Circle Member. She was born in Budapest and emigrated with her family to Germany at the end of WWII and then came to the US as part of the Displaced Persons immigration program. She was educated in the United States ( BA from the University of Colorado and an MLA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO). After a long career in the world of business, including a stint as a business professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, she returned to graduate school to obtain a PhD at ELTE in Budapest and was awarded her PhD with honors. She is a publisher and author specializing in 20th century history, with an emphasis on WWII, the Cold War, and U.S.–East European political relations and Émigré Political Movements. [Read more about her] and purchase her books!
Former AHF board member, Rev. Imre A. Bertalan, 67, of Ligonier, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in New Brunswick, N.J., son of the late Rev. Imre G. and Margaret Kosa Bertalan. Rev. Bertalan was the executive director of Bethlen Communities since 1999 in Ligonier. He was an ordained clergy for the Hungarian Reformed Church of America and the Calvin Synod of the United Church of Christ. He was past president of the Rotary Club of Ligonier, and was a member of the Ligonier Valley Association of Churches and the Ligonier Valley Ministerial Association.
He was board member and member of the Executive Committee of the American Hungarian Federation and very active and dedicated to the Hungarian-American community, serving as Chairman of the Board of the Kossuth Foundation. [read more]