|Lessons in Hungarian History: July 1944|
1/27/2019 - Lessons in Hungarian History: July 1944. Lessons in Hungarian History: July 1944. On January 27, the Kossuth Foundation sponsored and hosted a lecture on a scholarly volume, July 1944: The Deportation of the Jews in Budapest Foiled. (Ed. Geza Jeszenszky and published by Helena History Press). The book, supported in part by a grant from AHF made possible by the Hungarian Initiatives Foundation, relates to the military intervention of Colonel Ferenc Koszorus and the First Armored Division under his command in July 1944 that blocked the deportation to the Nazi German death camps of a quarter of a million Jews living in Budapest. The late Congressman Tom Lantos, a victim of the Holocaust himself, had paid tribute to Colonel Koszorus (reprinted in the book), stating on the floor of Congress in 1994: that "it is with great honor and pride that I rise today in recognition of the valiant, patriotic efforts of Ferenc Koszorús. Many thousands of families are alive today as a result of the heroic actions of one man who stood up for his beliefs in a very uncertain and dangerous time. His loyalty to his country and love of humanity are an inspiration to all who struggle against oppression and the vile bigotry of racism. Too often the efforts of those who struggled against the Nazi oppression go unrecognized... I am proud to honor Colonel Koszorús, a patriot, a humanitarian, and a hero."
The Kossuth House lecture was delivered by Frank Koszorus, Jr., Esq., former national president of AHF and the son of Colonel Koszorus. He also contributed an essay to the volume. Theodore Boone, Esq. was the moderator of the program held in the Kossuth House in Washington D.C. His Excellency the Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Laszlo Szabo, M.D., his wife, Dr. Ivonn Szeverenyi, M.D., the Honorable Aniko Gaal Schott, and officers of the Foundation were among the participants of the well-attended event. July 1944 can be purchased on Amazon." For an abstract read here. For a review of the book click here.Available on Amazon. Help AHF help the community by doing all your online shipping via Amazon Smile!
March 15 is Hungarian National Day commemorating the 1848 War of Independence and fight for Liberation and Democracy. Kossuth Lajos (Louis) (b. 1802, d. 1894, pronounced co-shoot luh-yôsh) was Governor of Hungary and leader during fight for independence which was eventually defeated by the union of the royalist Austrian Habsburg and Russian Czarist Armies (1848 - 1849). Kossuth envisioned a federation in the Kingdom of Hungary in which all nationalties participated in a vibrant democratic system based on fundamental democratic principles such as equality and parliamentary representation. The bloody conflict eventually led to a great compromise known as the "Austro-Hungarian Empire," in which Hungary gained some autonomy, although Kossuth would have no part in it and demanded full indepependence until his death. It also inadvertantly set the seeds for Hungary's dismemberment after WWI at Trianon
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"the house of Habsburg-Lorraine, perjured in the sight of
God and man, had forfeited the Hungarian throne."
"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 Speak! [Click Here] - This is the speech of Louis Kossuth which he gave for the dedication of the statue for the 13 Hungarian generals, who were executed at Arad, Hungary, on October 6, 1849 (Arad is in Rumania today after annexation due to the Treaty of Trianon in 1920 ).
Louis Kossuth was exiled after the fall of the Hungarian Liberation Fight of 1848 and made his permanent home in Torino (Turin), Italy. He could not attend the dedication of the monument at Arad, without risking arrest, so he recorded his speech inTurin, and sent it to Arad using the new technology of sound recording, called the phonograph.
The original recording on two wax cylinders for the Edison phonograph survives to this day, although barely audible due to excess playback and unsuccessful early restoration attempts. Lajos Kossuth is the earliest born person in the world who has his voice preserved. Since the audio is of such poor quality, here is it is transcribed in Hungarian and translated to English (special thanks to Louis Kossuth in North America)