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AHF eNews, December 2011
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8/26/2011 -- Insights on the Balkan Wars and NATO enlargement from Dr. Michael Haltzel, who from 1994 - 2005 was Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and foreign policy aide to U.S. Vice President (then Senator) Joseph R. Biden. Dr. Haltzel spoke at a recent CEEC forum moderated by AHF President Frank Koszorus, Jr. [read more]
8/5/2011 -- AHF submits statement to Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia. The statement focuses on three issues: (1) minority rights as the prerequisite to democracy in the multi-national states of Romania and Slovakia; (2) the intolerance of and discrimination against the Hungarian minorities living there; and (3) the need for balanced and informed judgments relating to Hungary. AHF also called on Slovakia to rehabilitate Janos Esterhazy. [read more]
8/3/2011 -- The American Hungarian Federation and the Central and East European Coalition participate in a reception and Capitol Hill Policy Seminar entitled, "20 years: Three Perspectives on the Evolution of U.S. Strategic Engagement with Central and Eastern Europe." The purpose of the forum was to discuss Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and American foreign policy toward that region. The forum brought together two panels consisting of leading authorities on issues of concern to the United States and CEE. Moderated by AHF President Frank Koszorus, Jr. [read more]
7/12/2011 -- AHF Reacts to Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, who questioned democracy in Hungary and criticized expressions of concern for Hungarian minorities. AHF's letter expressed its steadfast conviction that judgments be "objective, fair, balanced and based on facts and not generalizations and speculation." It also urged the Helsinki Commission not to ignore the Hungarian minorities but to publicly and privately encourage Slovakia and Romania "to build tolerant societies by respecting the rights of their Hungarian and other minorities and the rule of law." [read more]
Levelet írt az egyik szenátornak az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség [tovább]
Miért támadja Magyarországot az amerikai szenátor? [tovább]
American-Hungarian federation strike back at US senator... [read more]
6/28/2011 -- The American Hungarian Federation Expresses Concern About Romania Ignoring Minority Rights... Romania considers "redistricting." The statement expresses AHF's concern that more than two decades after the collapse of Communism, Romania has yet to fulfill its promises to its ethnic Hungarians. "...the irrefutable record demonstrates that its laws and practices continue to fail to conform to European and Western standards relating to human and minority rights, but in effect aggravate inter-ethnic tension. We trust that the Tom Lantos Institute will forcefully speak out on this matter and on other instances of discrimination against Hungarian minorities in the region." [read more]
Az amerikai magyarok a kisebbségi jogok miatt aggódnak - Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség aggodalmát fejezte ki az emberi jogok megsértése miatt Romániában. [tovább]
6/27/2011 -- Ronald Reagan statue unveiled in Budapest’s Szabadság Tér on the 100th anniversary of the former American President’s birth. Ronald Reagan earned an immortal reputation for his role in the fall of communism. There is also a bust of the former President in City Park. Statues of other notable Americans include Gen. Harry Hill Bandholtz (who prevented a group of Rumanian soldiers from removing Transylvanian treasures from the National Museum) and AHF's George Washington Statue. The Tom Lantos Institute will be also inaugurated. [read more]
6/4/2011 -- On the 91st Anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon, AHF remembers the ill-advised treaty and publishes essay by Sir Bryan Cartledge who called the treaty "the greatest catastrophe to have befallen Hungary since the battle of Mohacs in 1526." Over the course of its more than 100-year history, the American Hungarian Federation has commemorated the Treaty of Trianon, highlighting the gross injustices wrought by that treaty (better described as a diktat) and the entire Versailles so-called peacemaking. Trianon continues to plaque the region. Sir Bryan Cartledge is also author of The Will to Survive: A History of Hungary (2007 and published by Columbia University Press in 2011) a highly acclaimed volume by the former British diplomat. Buy it now on the AHF Amazon Store!
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]
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
New Zsuzsa Hanto, book published: "Kitiltott Családok" (Banished families. Communist repression of "class enemies" in Hungary) Hantó Zsuzsa az elszenvedők és visszaemlékezők emlékeit is magában foglaló könyv történész szerzője nem kevesebbre vállalkozik, mint az 1950-ben és 1951-ben vidékről és Budapestről a kommunista rezsin által kitelepített, kitiltott családok szenvedéseit, megpróbáltatásait, nem egyszer pusztulását mutatja be. [tovább]
Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition: A Journey into Tokaji Wine History - By AHF's Miles Lambert-Gocs. This is a book that Wine Spectator called "the most comprehensive reference book on Tokaji available in the English language."
How did a wine from a remote corner of Europe gain unparalleled fame worldwide? This is the central question answered on virtually every page of Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition, a new book that promises to be a touchstone for all future writing on Tokaji. The world's first botrytis wine, Hungary's Tokaji won an enviable reputation centuries ago. But never before have the development of its winetypes and the story of its ups and downs in fame and prestige been presented so fully in English. [read more] or Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
Scarlett Antaloczy's "FREEDOM ’56: True Stories of the Hungarian Revolution"... 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. [read more] and Buy her book now on the AHF Amazon Store
A few member books on AHF Amazon:
Miles Lambert-Gocs: "Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition: A Journey into Tokaji Wine History." Wine Spectator called it "the most comprehensive reference book on Tokaji available in the English language." [read more] and Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
Kitty Gogins: "My flag Grew Stars" by [Read more] about the book or purchase the book on
Simon, Paul M: "The Old lady and the Fawn," the first bilingual edition of "Öreg néne ozikéje" (Hungarian)
Order now at Simpa Books
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]
Strength can only be found in unity! AHF and its volunteers and members have been serving the community for over century. In this Season of Giving, please join and support your AHF, an all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit 501(C)(3), charitable and educational organization. Your donations may be tax deductible.
Santa Claus is called "Télapó" or "Mikulás." According to legend, one night he put three bags of gold in three sisters window to rescue them from being poor and allow them to marry honorable men. Mikulás, (Me-ku-lash) visits children on December 6th, St. Nicholas' Day, which is the name day of "Miklós." Chidren put boots in the windows, like stockings hang by the fireplace on Christmas Eve all over the USA. If the child has been good, Mikulás leaves the boot filled with goodies - traditionally with candies, tangerines, walnuts, apples, dates and chocolate Mikulás figurines. Also, most children get small toys and books. If the child has been bad, the boot will contain just a switch usually with a devil-figure attached, indicating a beating is in order. Since no child is all good or all bad, most get the switch and the treat.
Christmas trees are decorated in Hungary on December 24th (see "How to Decorate a Hungarian Christmas Tree"). Parents decorate separately from the children and then ring the Christmas bell, signaling to the children that the angels have brought and decorated the Christmas tree and that Baby Jesus has arrived with gifts. The family gathers around the tree holding hands to sing "Angel from Heaven," or "Mennyből az Angyal" in Hungarian. After opening gifts, a dinner featuring hot, spiced wine, soup, or "borleves," and fish, duck or other delectable course is served. Families then attend midnight mass together.
8/24/2011 -- AHF Book Review by Csaba K. Zoltani: Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron (Deborah Cornelius, Fordham University Press, New York, 2011)
Deborah Cornelius’ Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron (Fordham University Press, New York 2011) gives an excellent overview of the events leading up to and the horrendous events of World War II in Hungary. The effect of the Treaty of Trianon, that without plebiscites, truncated Hungary and deprived it of its natural resources and forced a sizeable portion of its population to live under alien jurisdiction, set the political and sociological climate in Hungary from the 1920's on. Cornelius gives an excellent overview of the readjustment that expressed itself in the politics and led to the belief that revision of the treaty was only possible through German intervention. [read more] and buy it on AHF's Amazon Store.
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]
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INVITATION: Sarasota, FL, 12/2:
Celebrating the Franz Liszt Bicentennial: The Kossuth Club Presents: "From Liszt to Ligeti: 200 Years of Hungarian Piano Music" with
Additional Franz Liszt events in Sarasota:
Sunday, October 23 at 7:30 PM in the Church of the Redeemer (222 S. Palm Ave.). Co-sponsored by the Church and the Kossuth Club. Organ recital from the sacred music of Liszt performed by Ann Stephenson Moe and Michael Stuart. Suggested ticket donation $10 [read more]
Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 PM in the Piano recital: Un Hommage à Liszt
Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 PM in the Beneva Christian Church (4835 Beneva Road). Co-sponsored by the Hungarian Reformed Church and the Kossuth Club: Piano recital, "Un Hommage à Lisz" with
Péter Adrian Grauer.
Meet the artist reception in the Church Hall following the concert.
Suggested ticket donation $10 (includes reception). [read more]
[Buy or Rent] this historic film, movie posters, post cards, and invite the producer to your event! [read more]
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]
The Honorable Helen M. (Ilona) Szablya is the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Hungary for the States of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho based in Seattle. Each year, the Ethnic Heritage Council honors a naturalized citizen who has made outstanding contribution
to the U.S.A., while maintaining his or her ethnic heritage. Congressman Jim
McDermott presented her the “Spirit of Liberty Award" on July 4, 2011, at the the Ethnic Heritage Council's 27th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at Seattle
Center where over 500 people, from more than 75 countries, were sworn in as new citizens of the United States of America. Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, she is an award-winning author, columnist, translator, lecturer, and publisher. Her books are available on the AHF Amazon Store! [read more] about Helen!
Through an American Lens, Hungary, 1938: Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White. Kadar Lynn's recently discovered a treasure trove of mostly unpublished photographs taken during the artist's month-long trip to Hungary in 1938 by Life Magazine's most renowned photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White. The photographs not only furnish us with a look at pre-WWII Hungary and its people, but because Bourke-White took unsentimental portraits of the major political figures in Hungary, from the far right to the far left, Communists, Fascists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Smallholders, as well as the primary government officials, it provides us with an insight into these individuals and history provides us with the consequences of their actions. Purchase this book on [read more]
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