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AHF eNews, January 2011 [Download the PDF]
Your membership and support makes this all possible. Help us! We are all volunteer, non-partisan, and need your support to continue to serve the community as we have done since 1906. In this new year, please consider how much your membership helps our community. In unity we find strength... join and support your AHF !
1/11/2011 - AHF Issues its First Statement on Hungarian Media Law: "A Rush to Judgment: The Reaction to the Hungarian Media Law." Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and liberty. The unprecedented rush to judgment and vitriolic media coverage of the Hungarian media law seems to have been based on a partial understanding of the law itself and, in some cases, appears to be motivated by bias or political considerations. [Read more]
MTI and other media outlets also covered AHF's statement, "Objektív véleményalkotásra szólít fel az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség médiaügyben." [tovább]
11/7/2010 - Báthory Award for American Hungarian Federation President Frank Koszorus, Jr. On the recommendation of the Bolyai Committee (BKB), the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania (EMNT) bestowed the Bathory Award upon 15 awardees, including Frank Koszorus, Jr., President of the American Hungarian Federation. [read more]
11/5/2010 - AHF participates in 9th MÁÉRT (Magyar Állandó Értekezlet or Hungarian Permanent Conference) in Budapest. Made up of organizations representing ethnic Hungarians who live outside of the borders of Hungary, MAERT hadn't met in over 6 years due to the lack of support from the former Socialist government. AHF President Frank Koszorus stated “I am especially proud that our Federation publicly and vigorously objected to the termination of the Conference." [read more]
10/25/2010 - AHF participates in the fifth Hungarian-Americans Together (HATOG) conference, held in Chicago, October 9-10, 2010. Thirty-five Hungarian-American leaders of 22 organizations from eight states participated. The Conference aims to build a network of communication and collaboration among Hungarian organizations in the United States and to develop a strategy for saving and strengthening our Hungarian heritage and culture. [read more]
10/23/2010 - AHF Honors the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, 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. 2010 marks the 54th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. President Obama issues statement. AHF sponsored a historical display and showed the Walter Cronkite film chronicling those hopeful turned tragic days. AHF Executive Chairman Bryan Dawson gave a presentation on "why Hungary." AHF thanks the HRFA Kossuth House in Washington, D.C. [read more] about 1956.
9/23/2010 - AHF helps plan CEEC Advocacy Day in US Congress, drafts human / minority rights Policy Brief... The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) held its Fall Advocacy Day - an all-day event during which the members visited scores of Congressional offices, including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), to discuss key policy issues relating to Central and Eastern Europe such as human and minority rights concerns relative to Hungarians in the region, U.S. assistance, Russia's influence, NATO and energy security, and visa matters. [read more]
8/21/2010 - AHF supports Hungarian School in tiny Hungarian Village in Slovakia. The school is located in a little ethnic Hungarian village of under 800 people, Vaján (or Vojany in Slovak after annexation following the Treaty of Trianon) in the Kassa District (Kosice) of Slovakia. [read more]
8/15/2010 - AHF donation to the Rákóczi Szövetség (Rakoczi Foundation) supporting ethnic Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin. The donation was targeted at providing scholarships and other support to students and families in Slovakia. Anti-Hungarian practices in Slovak state school registration and the Slovak Language Law forbidding the use of Hungarian in official business make it difficult for these historic communities to preserve their over 1000-year-old heritage. Support Us ! [read more] (includes 2009 Annual Report / Beszámolo (magyarul)
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]
Featured member books:
Kitty Gogins: "My flag Grew Stars" by [Read more] about the book or purchase the book on
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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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The 1907 Kohányi Szózat (Appeal)
“Amerika egy millió magyarja,
“We, America’s 1 million Hungarians, do not just demand, but will work to ensure that the people of Hungary may partake in the same freedom, the same justice, the same prosperity as we, citizens of America, partake.”
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Environmental Disaster in Hungary! Governor Pataki Designates AHF as one of three organizations to receivedonations for the “Red Sludge” fundraising effort - At the request of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, former New York Governor George Pataki is spearheading efforts to raise money to assist the victims of the toxic "Red Sludge" disaster in Hungary.
The American Hungarian Federation joined forces with its sister organization in Hungary, the Amerikai Magyar Klub, under its "Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Közhasznú Alapítvány," to raise funds to help families affected by devastating flooding. Do your part and and add your name to the Wall of Honor [Read more and DONATE]
We are thrilled to announce the DVD RELEASE
of 8-time-award-winning documentary TORN FROM THE FLAG!
[Buy or Rent] this historic film, movie posters, post cards, and invite the producer to your event! [read more]
Az év elsô családi programja: Kreatív mûhely gyerekeknek Bolla Rita képzômûvésszel.
A gyerekprogrammal parhuzamosan:
Kötetlen beszélgetés, nyitott szellemiségû kreatív véleménycsere könyvekrôl, spirituális élményekrôl, önismeretrôl, szolidaritásról. A találkozót 11. alkalommal rendezzük meg, folyamatosan bôvülô létszámmal. Szeretettel várunk bárkit, aki nyitott szellemiségû magyar baráti kört keres New York-ban és környékén. A találkozóval egyidôben kreatív gyerekfoglalkozást biztosítunk azoknak a családoknak, akik gyermekeiket is szeretnék elhozni a könyvesboltba. A klubban valo reszvetel ingyenes.
Mikky & Timea Zsedely
March 19th, 3 & 7:30 pm
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]
Kitty Gogins' maiden name is Kitty Aniko Zoltai. Her parents have always called her 'Kati' or 'Katika'. Since her early childhood, she has been active in the Minnesota Hungarians, especially volunteering at the Festival of Nations, helping with the Christmas party, and as a Videki Hungarian dancer. From an early age, she has been fascinated with her parents’ journey to become Americans. The longer she worked in leading strategic and cultural change, the more appreciation she felt for their incredible cultural journey. "I feel honored to have had the opportunity to recently publish their story, 'My Flag Grew Stars: World War II Refugees’ Journey to America," she said. [read more]
AHF features books and 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 www.hungary1956.com
The current selection is "My flag Grew Stars" by Kitty Gogins - Their Homeland destroyed, teenagers Olga Wagner and Tibor Zoltai independently flee Hungary near the end of World War II, carrying only rucksacks. The book is about Kitty's parents, who were World War II refugees from Hungary. Based on extensive original documents, interviews and research, the author recreated their story fleeing Hungary, surviving postwar Europe as refugees, immigrating to North America as indentured servants, and embarking on their journey to become Americans. [read more & buy it!]