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AHF Book Highlight: Scarlett Antaloczy, "Freedom '56"

FREEDOM ’56 is a timely compilation of true accounts of the Hungarian freedom fight of 1956. What started out as a personal family tribute to Scarlett’s parents blossomed into a worldwide journey leading to a host of discoveries and the posing of serious questions about civilization, global domination and political agendas. FREEDOM ’56 is derived from a wealth of interviews and submissions of first-hand information from survivors and friends of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against the Soviet occupation and the Hungarian Communist party. These are the personal experiences and reflections of individual contributors, from all walks of life and from all over the world, who looked back across more than fifty years of history to share their still-vivid memories of the Revolution with readers of FREEDOM ’56. Its contribution is to give us and future generations a better understanding of what really happened and how a small nation with strong convictions helped spark the demise of a big oppressive political paradigm that we are indeed fortunate today to be free of. Scarlett’s book is an un-biased, honest and historically accurate representation of the Hungarian Revolution and the revolutionaries’ quest for freedom.

Why: FREEDOM ’56 gives witness and voice to more than 100 survivors worldwide. The heroic efforts of the Hungarian people in the bloody revolution of 1956 has to be remembered. The Hungarian Revolution affected the World’s history and was a catalyst for the downfall of communism in 1989 and economical regrouping.

What: FREEDOM ‘56 is 740 pages about the Hungarian revolution and its aftermath. A short history leading up to ’56 is included. Several Book launches have already taken place in Melbourne, Australia, London, England, Toronto and Hamilton Canada. 

Who: Scarlett Antaloczy (Dr.TCM/DNM) is the daughter of Hungarian freedom fighters. Since 1997, she has been compiling stories, anecdotes and poems from people from all walks of life and from all over the world who were affected by the Hungarian Revolution.

Contributors: Sandor Racz (Hu), Jeno Sujanszky (Fr), Dr. Paul J. Szilagyi (Miami), Sir Bryan Cartledge (UK), Bela Liptak (Conn-USA), Maria Wittner (Hu), Laszló Pásztor (Washington), Joseph Miko (LA), Frank Felkai QC (TO), Akos Engel Mayer (Poland), Laszlo Kocsis (Czech), Judith Kopacsi (Brampton), Gyula Ficsor PhD (Michigan), Geza Matrai (TO), Karoly Nagy (NY), Attila Michellar (NY), George Lovas (NY), Attila Urmenyhazi (Tasmania), Tibor Nyilasi (Hamilton Ca), Istvan Kantor (TO), Andrew Benedek (San Diego), Peter Unwin (UK), Bishop R Patkai (UK), Istvan Harmath (Chicago), Kornel Klemen (Germany), Sandor Kostyal (Costa Rica), Paul Zador (Maryland (US), R Vasky (Vancouver), Alex Erdelyi (TO), Phyllis Schlafly (Missouri), Zoltan Szigeti (Australia), Zsolt Zetenyi (Hu), Vince Suljok (Oslo), Harry Wu (Virginia), Adele Csima (TO), + many more!

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“I don’t think the Soviet Union after Stalin was based on fear... As far as I know, there were no direct orders from the Soviet Union – even Krushchev called Kadar and told him that he didn’t think it would be right to execute Imre Nagy, but Kadar said they knew what they were doing.... I love Hungarians – (Sergei Krushchev)

“As president and Chief Prosecutor of the Constitutional Court of Hungary, László Sólyom annulled this law, reasoning that, ‘It has exceeded the Statute of Limitations.’ His ruling ensured that any future bills aimed at prosecuting felons of the past regime will be futile and that such efforts will be construed as un-constitutional, now and in the future!” – Zsolt Zétényi (Barrister)

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Scarlett Deva Antalóczy was born in Vienna and is the daughter of survivors of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956About the Author

Scarlett Deva Antalóczy was born in Vienna, Austria, and is the daughter of survivors of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. She was raised with Hungarian music and culture and over the years continued to promote it, together with her artistic parents Imre and Éva Antaloczy.

She is a Renaissance Woman - an internationally respected Artist/Composer/ Producer and an expert in Traditional Chinese and Natural Medicine with a doctorate in TCM. Scarlett successfully integrates Music, Medicine and the Arts, particularly Hungarian music and culture. Scarlett is currently the director of the OHMM CENTRE (Optimal Holistic Music and Medicine Center) in Canada. She frequently travels abroad and is a leader in the human potential and integrative fields.

Scarlett is a best-selling author and co-author of Bouncing Back – Thriving in Changing Times with co-authors, Dr. Wayne Dyer etc. Her successful projects, seminars, concerts, music and one-woman shows are continuously featured on radio, stage and television world-wide.

See her amazing performances on YouTube

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution was the first tear in the Iron Curtain. Hungarians from all walks of life rose up against insurmountable odds to fight the brutal Soviet installed Hungarian communist government. Thousands died fighting, others tortured and executed, while 200,000 were forced to flee. 2006 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.

AHF's work regarding the tragic events dates back to the early days of the revolution and thereafter assisting tens of thousands of refugees. In 1956 the American Hungarian Federation activated the second Hungarian Relief program for the refugees of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, providing $512,560.00. With the support of the American Hungarian Federation, over 65,000 refugees arrived in the USA. Get involved and help us continue our tradition of helping our community! Join Us!


  • See our 1956 Portal - www.hungary1956.com
  • The 1956 Institute, headed by Dr. Janos Reiner, is a great site devoted to exploring the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in English and Hungarian.
  • www.celebratingfreedom1956.org - The Cleveland Hungarian Revolution 50th Anniversary Committee (CHR50) organized a major observance event of this important historical milestone on October 21st and 22nd, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Magyar Radio Online - includes many audio files and an analysis in Hungarian: "Ki húzta meg a ravaszt eloször 1956. október 23-án?" "Who was the first to pull the trigger?"
  • Time's Man of the YearTime Magazine gave Hungarian Freedom Fighters the title "Man of the Year" on July 1, 1957. "The Freedom Fighters filled the empty bottles with gasoline and corked them with table napkins, making what they called 'benzine flashes."
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is participating in the international conference entitled "1956 and Hungary: the Memory of Eyewitnesses - In Search of Freedom and Democracy" that is currently taking place at the Italian Cultural Centre in Budapest September 28-29, [read more]
  • Wikipedia - the free, online encyclopedia that allows readers to manage its content!
  • The 1956 Institute in Hungary (1956-os Intézet)
  • The 1956 Hungarian Revolution Historical Documentation and Research Foundation in Hungary - a source for thousands of photographs from the period
  • The National Security Archive at The George Washington University provides a wealth of information on the 1956 Revolution available for download in PDF.
  • The 1956 Hungarian Revolution - a short chronology of events with pictures
  • Pal Maleter on Wikipedia - the military leader of the Hungarian Revolution
  • www.sulinet.hu has as site that transcribed many of the various speeches given before, during, and after the revolution - a fascinating chronology from Nagy to Mindszenty. (Hungarian)
  • Az 1956-os Magyar Forradalom igaz története - in Hungarian. "What the history books left out." Published by the 1956 World Federation.
  • Az 1956-os forradalom története Esztergomban - The Revolution in Esztergom (in Hungarian)
  • Arcok és sorsok - a great site with photos and biographies of some 1956 Freedom Fighters
  • Nagy Imre október 23-án: Nagy Imre október 23-án eleinte hallani sem akart arról, hogy a Parlamentbe menjen és szóljon a tömeghez. Ám mégis megtette. Döbbenetet érezhetett, amikor lenézett a Parlament ablakából, s akkor is, amikor kifütyülték az „elvtárs” megszólítást. Beszéde az alant álló ismeretlen erovel szembeni aggodalmát és szorongását mutatja.

  • The Hungarian Revolution - Uprising, Budapest 1956: A synoptic treatise of a major political event of the 20th Century, a historically tragic period in the life of a nation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution and the fallen brave By: Attila J. Ürményházi (Hobart, Tasmania) and edited by Bryan Dawson [download]
  • US Postal Service 1956 Petition

Memorials Dedicated to 1956

"October 23, 1956, is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man's desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required."- President John F. Kennedy,
on the first anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.

  • Denver, Colorado - statue and "Hungarian Freedom Park"
  • Toronto, Ont - statue and park
  • Erie, PA - Memorial and square (Thanks to v. Juhasz Ferenc, AHF, VP)
  • Bridgeport - Statue
  • Fairfield, CT - Memorial plaque in Town Hall (2003)
  • Berkeley Springs, WV - plaque, cemetery, and church (TX to Mrs. 'Sally' Gyorik, Ft Vitez Baan OFP)
  • Boston, Mass - Liberty Square statue and square by George Hollosy
  • Los Angeles, CA - statue by Arpad Domjan (1966)
    (TX to Czene Ferenc and LA Hungarians)
  • New York - Plaque at East River/92d Str
  • Passaic, NJ - statue
  • Lorantffy House, Akron, Ohio 1956 - Plaque
  • North Olmstead , Ohio - Plaque and cemetery (Thanks to Dobolyi Arpad & Juhasz Ferenc AHF VP)
  • New Orleans, LA - plaque
  • Loraine, Ohio - Statue under construction
  • Miami, Fl - First Hungarian Church Stained Glass Windows
  • Camp Kilmer - plaque now in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Cleveland, Ohio - Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty statue and square
  • New Brunswick, NJ - Mindszenty statue and square
  • Miami - Mindszenty Str. (27th Str) NW (TX to Tarr Sandor, Honorary Consul)
  • Budapest - statue/plaque at the Chain bridge in Buda by Ocsay Karoly
  • Korvin koz - statue of the young freedom fighter
  • Eger - Memorial to 1956
  • Budapest, Prime Minister Imre Nagy Gravsite and Memorial
  • Budapest, Szena Ter
  • Budapest, II kerulet; Manheimer Statue
  • Budapest, XIII kerulet: Park of Statues: granite obelisk
  • Budapest, XIII kerulet: Park of Statues: Plaque of the martyrs (2000 Oct. 23)

Hungarian Freedom Park in Denver Colorado and its memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

The 1956 memorial in Toronto, Canada

Gyuri Hollosi's memorial to 1956 in Boston's Liberty Square







AHF's Lajos Bartucz at the Passaic NJ Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

Stained Glass memorial to 1956 at Miami's First Hungarian Church of Christ

1956 Memorial in Eger, Hungary

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution Memorial at Szena Ter in Budapest


CamusAlbert Camus' Stirring Letter to the World:

"The Blood of the Hungarians"

I am not one of those who wish to see the people of Hungary take up arms again in a rising certain to be crushed, under the eyes of the nations of the world, who would spare them neither applause nor pious tears, but who would go back at one to their slippers by the fireside like a football crowd on a Sunday evening after a cup final.

There are already too many dead on the field, and we cannot be generous with any but our own blood. The blood of Hungary has re-emerged too precious to Europe and to freedom for us not to be jealous of it to the last drop.

But I am not one of those who think that there can be a compromise, even one made with resignation, even provisional, with a regime of terror which has as much right to call itself socialist as the executioners of the Inquisition had to call themselves Christians.

And on this anniversary of liberty, I hope with all my heart that the silent resistance of the people of Hungary will endure, will grow stronger, and, reinforced by all the voices which we can raise on their behalf, will induce unanimous international opinion to boycott their oppressors.

And if world opinion is too feeble or egoistical to do justice to a martyred people, and if our voices also are too weak, I hope that Hungary’s resistance will endure until the counter-revolutionary State collapses everywhere in the East under the weight of its lies and contradictions.

Hungary conquered and in chains has done more for freedom and justice than any people for twenty years. But for this lesson to get through and convince those in the West who shut their eyes and ears, it was necessary, and it can be no comfort to us, for the people of Hungary to shed so much blood which is already drying in our memories.

In Europe’s isolation today, we have only one way of being true to Hungary, and that is never to betray, among ourselves and everywhere, what the Hungarian heroes died for, never to condone, among ourselves and everywhere, even indirectly, those who killed them.

It would indeed be difficult for us to be worthy of such sacrifices. But we can try to be so, in uniting Europe at last, in forgetting our quarrels, in correcting our own errors, in increasing our creativeness, and our solidarity. We have faith that there is on the march in the world, parallel with the forces of oppression and death which are darkening our history, a force of conviction and life, an immense movement of emancipation which is culture and which is born of freedom to create and of freedom to work.

Those Hungarian workers and intellectuals, beside whom we stand today with such impotent sorrow, understood this and have made us the better understand it. That is why, if their distress is ours, their hope is ours also. In spite of their misery, their chains, their exile, they have left us a glorious heritage which we must deserve: freedom, which they did not win, but which in one single day they gave back to us. (October 23, 1957)

AHF dedicates this work
to the memory of all our comrades who passed during those faithful days of October, 1956.

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