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AHF News Archive: 2004

Wine12/23/2004 - AHF sponsors "Congressional Hungarian American Caucus Staffer Appreciation Day" on Capitol Hill. The Center for Hungarian American Congressional Relations (CHACR) helped AHF organize the event aimed at thanking congressional staffers that represent the now 25-member strong Hungarian American Caucus for their support for Hungarian causes. Over 60 guests sampled delicious Hungarian cuisine from Maximilian's and wine from our newest member, Monarchia. [more]


Vote11/24/2004 - AHF issues call ("felhivas") to Hungarians to vote "YES" on dual-citizenship for Hungarians beyond the borders. "If someone desires Hungarian citizenship, we should be pleased as our number has grown by at least one in a Carpathian Basin where our numbers are in decline. But this is a referendum for which there was no need. We shouldn't divide "within-borders" from "outside-border" Hungarians, nor prevent a Hungarian stuck behind borders that were changed around him from claiming his citizenship."
Click to download the "Felhivas" [here] or read [more].


Zenta10/30/2004 - AHF Releases Statement on Vojvodina Violence: VOJVODINA: “Drop dead Hungarians”

In the last six months, non-Serbs, including members of Vojvodina’s 300,000-strong Hungarian minority, have been harassed and assaulted and their cemeteries and churches have been desecrated in a wave of physical violence, vandalism and anti-Semitism. [download full article] or [read more] about Serbian intimidation of Hungarians in Vojvodina


AHF Delegation10/23 - 10/24/2004: Special Event Coverage:

Cleveland Commemorations... About 30 Hungarian-American leaders met with Viktor Orbán and advisors in a closed dinner session at the home of Honorary Consul Laszlo Bojtos. Participants had the chance to exchange ideas on how to better coordinate and strengthen the Hungarian-American community. [read more]


Orban Viktor10/21/2004 - Former Prime Minister Viktor Orbán visits Cleveland to help commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution... The United Hungarian Societies in Cleveland has invited former Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for two days of meetings with AHF and other Hungarian-American community leaders and multi-denominational clergy culminating in a commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in which thousands died and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee. [read more]


Torn from the Flag10/10/2004 - AHF Supporting the "Lyukas Zaszlo" / "Torn from the Flag" project, a documentary film about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. AHF donated $1000.00 to the project at its November meeting in New Brunswick, NJ. [read more]


Time 19563/5/2004 - 1956 Commemoration Task Force planning for major events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution brutally crushed by Soviet tanks. We need volunteers and donations to make this a success. [join / donate]

For its inaugural meeting, the Taskforce outlined a number of initiatives aimed at creating a lasting memory of Hungary's heroic fight for freedom. One of the first initiatives was to petition the US Postal Service to issue a 2006 stamp dedicated to the 1956 revolution. See the letter on the "Downloads" section on the 1956 News Page


Torn from the Flag10/7/2004 - "Torn from the Flag," is a new documentary film about the significant international consequences and participants of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. AHF is proud to join six-time Oscar-nominee Tony Curtis and Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in their support of this production. Help us! [read more]Donate


Magyar Park10/2/2004 - "Magyar Park" relocation effort in Erie PA making progress. The park, founded by AHF member Frank Juhasz, commemorating the 1956 revolution is being moved to a larger area and is schedule to be unveiled in time for the 48th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution on October 23rd 2004. [read more]Donate


WSU8/9/2004 - The American Hungarian Federation supporting scholarships to needy Hungarian minority students from 4 countries...AHF Member Bela J. Bognar founded the Hungarian Scholarship Fund (HSF) to finance the educational needs of needy students of Hungarian descent in Hungary and former Hungarian lands. In 2003, support for the HSF has grown to over $12,500.00. Help AHF support this worthwhile cause. [read more] Donate Update! Hungarian Scouts Association and Paul Teleki Foundation in Cooperation with with the Hungarian Ministry of Education's Hungarians Beyond the Borders Division announce Scholarship and Study Abroad Opportunities in Hungary! [read more]


Garamkovesd7/20/2004 - Hungarian flags fly again in Upper Hungary / Slovakia... The American Hungarian Federation donated 6 Hungarian flags to the Slovakian Chapter of the World Federation of Hungarians. For years, Hungarian churches were not able to fly the Hungarian colors. Churches in Garamkövesd; Ebed, just accross the Danube by Esztergom; Ekecs in the Csallóköz; and Kassa (Kosice) where the The Church of the Hungarian Holy Cross (Nagymagyar Szt. Kereszt Katolikus Templom) serves seven communities.  MORE flags are needed... PLEASE donate! [read more] Donate


Serbian violenceUpdated 5/12/2004 - Hungarians Fear Renewed Ethnic Cleansing: Serbs step up intimidation of Hungarians in Vojvodina...Minority communities in Serbia's former Hungarian southern province of Vojvodina (Vajdasag) are feeling the heat after recent stunning gains by Serbian ultra-nationalists raised fears of a return to the ethnic violence of the 1990s.

Residents in the province's capital, Novi Sad (Ujvidek), were woken by drunken mobs over Serbian New Year on January 13-14 shouting, "Hey Serbs let's butcher the Croats! Hey Serbs, let's butcher the Hungarians!" In recent developments, Serbs riot and set historic landmarks on fire and spray graffiti saying "We Will Kill Hungarians." [read more]


SzelmencSzelmenc: The Village Cut in Two...Seen here - relatives yelling across the border which runs through main street. Slovak and Ukranian border guards prevent them from meeting.

4/21/2004 - Successful United States Congress Briefing on Szelmenc: Congresswoman Diane Watson calls for opening border...
The mayors of both sides of Szelmenc, the horribly divided village, in Felvidek (Upper Hungary, now in Slovakia/Ukraine) testified along with the Ambassadors of Slovakia and the Ukraine and the President of the Center for Hungarian American Congressional Relations before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus regarding the desperate situation. This is a landmark event that illuminates so clearly the injustices of The Treaty of Versailles (Trianon) and the present-day humiliation Hungarians face all over the lost territories in the Carpathian Basin. The Ambassador of Slovakia committed to finding a solution to this "nonsensical situation." Ukranian Counselor agrees. [read more]

News ReelSee the Video in English and Hungarian
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NATO3/29/2004 - Supporting NATO Expansion and Minority Rights... AHF 1st Vice President Frank Koszorus joins US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld  and gives speech on NATO expansion on Capitol Hill re-iterating concerns over protection of Hungarians and other minorities in Rumania and the Carpathian Basin. [read more]


Group3/27/2004 -The American Hungarian Federation holds meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, to re-organize and elect an interim leadership in preparation of its centennial celebration in 2006. Short-term tasks include drafting new by-laws and reaching out to the next generation of American Hungarians [read more]


Kossuth3/15/2004 - Celebrating Hungary's National Day...The American Hungarian Federation celebrates March 15th, Hungary's National Day commemorating the 1848 democratic revolution headed by Louis Kossuth. AHF's Vice President Frank Koszorus and Louis Segesvary deliver poignant speeches on the life and impact of Kossuth, only the second foreign leader to address a joint session of Congress. [read more]


Time Man of the Year 19562/17/2004 - 1956 Commemoration Task Force planning for major events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution brutally crushed by Soviet tanks. [read more]


CHACR1/7/2004 - The Center for Hungarian American Congressional Relations (CHACR) adds its 21st member to the Hungarian Caucus in the US House of Representatives. A great achievement for the Hungarian-American community, this bipartisan group of distinguished House members seeks to represent interests of Hungarian American constituents; foster bilateral relations between Hungary and United States; and protect the rights of Hungarian minorities in Europe [read more]


Orban Viktor10/21/2004 [Updated 11/04/2004] - Former Prime Minister Viktor Orban visits Cleveland to help commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution... The United Hungarian Societies in Cleveland has invited former Prime Minister Viktor Orban for two days of meetings with AHF and other Hungarian-American community leaders and multi-denominational clergy culminating in a commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in which thousands died and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee. [read more] Now updated with Special Events Coverage!


Office10/11/2004 - AHF opens new National Headquarters at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. AHF aims to create a stronger presence in the Nation's Capital to facilitate better coordination among its members, maintain closer contact with think tanks, Congress, the White House, the State Department and other instutions in Washington, D.C. Our D.C. location offers us the chance to work closely with other member organizations and continue to support activites such as the successful Szelmenc project coordinated by the Center for Hungarian American Congressional Relations (CHACR). [read more]


10/9/2004 - AHF General Meeting held in New Brunswick on October 9, 2004. AHF sent out an invitation and press release inviting all members and prospective members to join AHF and participate. [read more][join]


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