AHF eNews, July 2010 [Download the PDF]
AHF Headlines for July
7/22/2010 - AHF reacts to The Washington Post Editorial: "...the editorial, 'Hungary's Strongest Leader Targets the Media,' [July 19], seems to equate the prevailing sentiment in Hungary in support for minority rights and the new passport law with extremism. Nothing is farther from the truth." Multiple letters from AHF members also reminded editors about the extremism in neighboring countries. The Post included AHF's link on Trianon. [read more]
7/20/2010 - AHF co-sponsors Free Summer Camp for 100 Children of Hungarian Flood Zone Victims... The camp was held from July 20 to July 26 in the Somogy Megyei Gyermek Tábor in Fonyódliget, a town on the shores of Lake Balaton. The 100 children, aged 7 to 14, were selected from three villages that were affected by the flood. [read more] and DONATE!
7/14/2010 - AHF co-sponsors delivery of 10,000 pounds of Flood Relief Supplies: On July 13, 2010, AHF, in partnership with its sister organization, the Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Közhasznú Alapítvány, a non-profit Hungarian foundation, and the Kincsem Hungária Szövetkezet delivered more than 10,000 pounds of relief supplies into the Hungarian Flood region. [read more] and DONATE
7/5/2010 - AHF participates in Capitol Hill policy seminar on energy security, "Coercion in the European Energy Sector: Implications for the United States." It was held on June 24, 2010 and sponsored by the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe. [read more]
6/22/2010 -AHFeditorial, "Fidesz sweep means moment of truth for American policymakers." AHF President Frank Koszorus continues call for even-handedness in US foreign policy: "The President's ability to connect with the people of Central and Eastern Europe will also help determine whether he will succeed or fail in shoring up NATO. An early indicator will be how Washington reacts to the new government in Hungary, following the landslide victory of Viktor Orbán and his center-right party, Fidesz..." [read the full article]
6/9/2010 - The American Hungarian Federation Condemns Stalin Bust at National D-Day Memorial. "The Foundation’s decision to include a bust of the tyrannical murderer Josef Stalin is deeply disturbing and is incompatible with the stated goals of the Foundation. To include a man who murdered more people than Hitler and the Nazis and began the Cold War is insulting to“those who answer duty’s call” and “paid, and still pay, forfreedom.” [read more]
6/3/2010 - The 90th Anniversary of Hungary's Dismemberment: AHF issues statement emphasizing the effects of Trianon today: "Trianon is not only tragic history, it is a lingering tragedy which continues to affect the Hungarian minorities and historical communities living in the states neighboring Hungary even today."
UPDATE: Includes links to article by Amb. Geza Jeszenszky (magyarul: "Gyásznapok után - az elkeseredés ellen") and Letter to the Editor by Geza Cseri. [read more]
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]
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]
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FELHÍVÁS! AHF Disaster Relief Fund Surpasses $200,000!But the effects of Flooding in Hungary are NOT OVER!! The American Hungarian Federation is joined forces with its sister organization in Hungary, the Amerikai Magyar Klub, under its "Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Közhasznú Alapítvány," (AMKA) to raise funds to help families affected by devastating flooding.
In addition to cash raised by AHF, AMKA has received tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods and services from numerous Hungarian firms and individuals. Hungarian Americans and AHF members are working across the country to seek your donations. We have already distributed 10,000 pounds of goods and sponsored 100 children from flood-stricken areas to a free summer camp! Do your part and and add your name to the Wall of Honor. [Read more and DONATE NOW]
Opening 8/1/2010 - San Diego:
The Maryhill Museum of Art has loaned several unique, folkloric items that are part of their collection from Queen Marie of Romania. In addition to the Lucia Ionescu Kanchenian Collection, several other collections are represented in the exhibition. Objects have been loaned by AHF member Dr. Katalin Kádár Lynn, Peggy Geyer, Kathleen McLaughlin, Dr. Kiki Skagen Munshi, Sharon Sharpe, Ferenc Tobak and Dr. Ronald Wixman. Photographs used in the exhibtion have been loaned Kathleen McLaughlin, Russell Young and Scott Eastman. The exhibition is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Katalin Kádár Lynn. [read more]
Hungarian Exhibit wins Minnesota's
New Book: "The Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburg Monarchy in the Sixteenth Century," by Dr. Géza Pálffy. from the author: "két esztendő fordítási és nyomdai munkálatait követően megjelent másfél évtizedes kutatásaim alapján írott, angol nyelvű, összegző monográfiám a 16. századi Magyar Királyság történetéről."
WWII and the American Hungarian Relief Program... The American Hungarian Relief Program, under the auspices of the American Hungarian Federation, collected and sent $1,216,167.00 in clothing, medicine, foodstuffs and money. In all, 200,000 care packages were sent by countless local and national groups. Total estimated costs of the relief program exceeded three million dollars. [read more]
7/22/2010 - IE Discovery donates to AHF, naming AHF Executive Chairman "Volunteer of the Quarter." BRIDGE is IE Discovery’s employee-run volunteer program that encourages employees to support the community through service and volunteer work. The program also provides a company-sponsored pool of money for various community needs. [read more]
Magdalina "Maggie" Herczeg became an AHF Freedom Circle Member in 2006. She is always interested in reading about American Hungarians as she finds their life stories and accomplishments fascinating. To her, it all goes back to the pursuit of the "American Dream." She earned a BA in music with piano as her primary instrument, voice being secondary. She went on to earn her MBA. After teaching music in the NJ public school system for a few years, she transitioned to the business world and has spent the last 23 years working in the pharmaceutical industry; specifically for Schering-Plough (now Merck), as a sales representative.
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 featured on www.hungary1956.com
The current selection is Habakkuk to SARA: A memoir of the Reverend Stephen Szilagyi and his Founding of the SARA Ministry. A boy with a crooked back on a Hungarian street corner inspires the founding of the SARA Ministry. SARA is a Christian ministry offering medical assistance to improve lives around the world. From humble beginnings, SARA has distributed millions of dollars in medical supplies, services, and medical care, establishing a network of doctors and suppliers ready to assist the needy. [read more & buy it!]
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