AHF eNews, March 2009
3/15/2009 - The American Hungarian Federation of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., joined Hungarian American communities worldwide commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849. Speakers noted the significance of the revolution and how its ideals and goals relate to the political climate in today's Hungary.
In a related note, President Obama congratulated Hungary on its National Day and anniversary of its 1848 War of Liberation... "Today we honor the courageous Hungarians who set their country on the path to freedom.The legacy of the revolution continues to inspire as Hungarians advocate for freedom's cause," he said. [Read more, download the speeches and President Obama's letter]
2/6/2009 - The American Hungarian Federation Attends Reception Celebrating The Visa Waiver Program... On February 3, the Embassies of Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta and South Korea hosted a reception at the Hart Senate Office Building to celebrate the enlargement of the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). The ambassadors of each country, including Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi, greeted the guests. [read more]
11/23/08 - AHF Submits Letter Regarding Intolerance in Slovakia -- On November 21, 2008, the American Hungarian Federation submitted a letter to Slovak Foreign Minister Jan Kubis who was visiting Washington, D.C. The Federation's letter raised concern over the intolerant and discriminatory policies and practices aimed at Slovakia's Hungarian minority. [read more]
11/10/2008 - Csanádi emléktábla Révai Miklósnak - Október 26-án, vasárnap, avatták fel Nagycsanádon Révai Miklós kegyesrendi pap, egyetemi tanár és költő, a magyar nyelv és irodalom nagy tudósa emléktábláját. Az emléktábla állítás kezdeményezője Velcsov Margit nagyszentmiklósi magyartanár, aki a Washingtoni Amerikai Magyar Szövetség anyagi támogatásával készíttette el a márványtáblát, valamint a Telbisz Mária vezette Révai Miklós Egyesület. [tovább]
Continuing News: AHF continues call for support of a 1956 Statue for the Nation's Capital...AHF's 1956 Commemoration Committee is seeking your help to erect a statue in Washington, D.C. devoted to the heroes of the Hungarian Revolution. The AHF plan calls for an actual-size statue to be placed prominently in Washington while we raise funds for its bronze replacement. Seen here with his prototype design is renowned sculptor Gyuri Hollosy, who was responsible for the Boston Liberty Square memorial. At the recent Capitol Reception honoring 1848, Congressman Tom Lantos mentioned his intent to place a 1956 memorial in Washington. We must ensure this remarkable design is selected! [read more]
Buy ALL your books, videos, electronics and other gifts on AHF's Amazon Store. It costs nothing extra to you, but Amazon contributes a small percentage to AHF. The AHF store features books and articles written by AHF members on both our main site and our 1956 Portal for publications devoted to 1956.
The latest member books added:
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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]
INVITATION: In Honor of NATO and its Enlargement... The American Hungarian Federation invites you to a Congressional policy reception in the U.S. Senate Caucus Room sponsored by the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) with presentations by Members of Congress and current and past Administration officials expressing their support in strengthening NATO and U.S. relations with Central and Eastern Europe. This is the 10th anniversary of Hungary's accession to NATO.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009,
For information and to RSVP, please contact AHF International Affairs Committee Chair, Frank Koszorus, Jr. at (703) 395-5343 or the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) at (301) 340-1954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Read more about AHF and NATO] which includes an expanded report on Hungary's NATO accession.
The Kossuth Bust in the United States Capitol..."The spirit of our age is Democracy. 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, spoken before the Ohio State Legislature, February 16, 1852, more than a decade before Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Kossuth was the leader of the 1848-1849 Hungarian War of Liberation against Austria commemorated on March 15th, Hungarian National Day.
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. [read more]
Maj. General Robert Ivany, Ph.D. Dr. Iványi and his family left Hungary after WWII and emigrated to the United States. A distinguished graduate of West Point, Dr. Ivanyi would go on to serve 34 years and rise to the rank of Major General. As an Army Cavalry Officer, he would lead troops on Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam where he was wounded in action and decorated for valor. He presided over the prestigious US Army War College and was the first senior military officer invited to Hungary to contribute to democratization of their defense establishment. He has served in a number of unique positions from Army Aide to the President to Asst. Professor and football coach West Point.
A recipient of many awards and expert in leadership development, Dr. Ivanyi was named President of Houston’s University of St. Thomas. He is also recipient of AHF's highest award, the Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom awarded during Houston, Texas commemoration events observing the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.[See More Featured Members]
AHF has begun featuring articles written by distinguished AHF members. AHF encourages all members to submit scholarly essays, books, and other materials which will be featured on our Publications page. 1956 Revolution-related materials are also featured on our 1956 Portal at www.hungary1956.com
The current selection is by Louis S. Segesvary, Visiting Foreign Affairs Fellow, Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies and former American Consul General: Soviet Insecurity: A Lonely Woman Poses a Threat (Historical snapshots of the cold war. Lest we forget how it was: Published column on the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe that took place in Bern, Switzerland in April, May 1986)
Stefan Hatos was a first generation American with Hungarian parents. His father was an iron peddler by trade. Stefan was the second of three sons and a daughter. He began playing piano and oboe at age eight. While attending college on a music (and basketball) scholarship, he played Oboe and English Horn with the Detroit Civic Symphony and also played Tenor & Bass Saxophone in dance bands to work his way through school. He got his start in media when he became staff announcer at a Detroit radio station and later on the NBC radio network.
He was always more interested in writing and production than in performing. While an announcer, he wrote episodes of The Lone Ranger (1940), The Green Hornet, and a psycho-thriller Hermit’s Cave. After serving 37 months as commanding officer of PT 328 during WWII, and surviving being wounded twice, he returned to CBS Radio as a Staff Director and Writer in New York and Chicago. He next joined ad agency Foote, Cone & Belding as staff Producer-Director for radio shows Readers Digest with big name stars and The Wayne King Show (CBS Radio). He directed Lucky Strike Hit Parade for NBC Radio.
He moved into television in 1949, and created and produced one of the first nighttime game shows on the first inter-connected network of seventeen TV stations on ABC-TV. The name of the show was Fun for the Money. He produced numerous radio and television shows and hit it big with "Let's Make a Deal" with Monty Hall which debuted in 1963 and ran for over 4,600 shows and continues today in syndication! Trivia:
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Author Susanna (Zsuzsanna) Lápossy is a Freedom Circle Member of the American Hungarian Federation. Her book, the first part of a trilogy entitled "Life behind the iron curtain" contains lesser-known facts about 20th century Hungary as seen through a middle-class family. [Read more]
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