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AHF eNews, December 2011
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12/14/2011 - UPDATE: The Case of Ilonka Tamas. The latest outrage from Slovakia: a 99-year-old teacher loses her citizenship. Ilonka Tamás was born in 1912 when Rimaszombat was part of Hungary. She brought up generations of children and received the “Komenský” medal and the Gold Medal of the Slovak Republic for her pedagogical achievements. She merely wanted to regain her Hungarian citizenship but is now a "person without a registered address." AHF submits follow up letter to the U.S. Helsinki Commission. [read more]
12/02/2011 - The Case of Oliver Boldoghy. AHF submits a statement to the US Congress Helsinki Commission: "Intolerance and discrimination targeting any group based on ethnicity, nationality or religion is not acceptable... One of the most recent anti-Hungarian incidents involves Slovakia stripping Oliver Boldoghy of his Slovak citizenship after becoming a dual citizen. This decision is not only contrary to American and European practices, it violates the Slovak constitution, which provides that “no one must be deprived of the citizenship of the Slovak Republic against his will.” [read more]
11/8/2011 - The Anti-Defamation League presented the Jan Karski Courage to Care Award to Count János Esterházy. This comes just two months after the Slovak President shamefully calls this hero of the Holocaust a follower of Hitler. AHF continues to express concern over Slovakia's anti-Hungarian measures and has repeatedly called for Esterhazy's rehabilitation."Those who defended and aided Jews and other victims of the Nazi slaughter merit our recognition and our eternal thanks. They were individuals who followed the call to conscience, which is surely no simple matter... Count János Esterházy was such a person of conscience, one who had more than enough reason to remain silent." [read more]
10/22/2011 - Music Lovers Worldwide Celebrate the 200th Birth Anniversary of Franz (Ferenc) Liszt... Ferenc Liszt, composer, virtuoso pianist, Hungarian patriot, citizen of the world, was born 200 years ago, on October 22, 1811, in Doborjan, Hungary. A child prodigy, at age 6 he took music lessons from his father, cellist Adam Liszt, who worked at the Court of Count Esterhazy. Communities all across the world have been organizing concerts in his honor. [read more]
10/19/2011 - AHF Remembers the 55th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution... Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) honors heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and refers to The American Hungarian Federation's commemorative statement in the Congressional Record. The statement also acknowledges some if the Revolutions consequences which linger today such as the solidly Stalinist Romanian government's virtual liquidation of the Hungarian-language Bolyai University in Romania [read more]
9/29/2011 - Federation again raises Hungarian minority rights with OSCE High Commissioner. In a letter to Knut Vollebaek, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Federation again raises anti-Hungarian measures in Slovakia and Serbia and requests the High Commissioner's clarification of reports in the electronic media asserting that he had labeled Hungary's support for Slovakia's Hungarian minority "malicious and foolish." [read more]
MTI - Álláspontjának Tisztázására Szólította Fel az EBESZ Kisebbségügyi Főbiztosát az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség [tovább]
9/13/2011 - Slovak President shamefully calls Janos Esterhazy, a hero of the Holocaust, a follower of Hitler. AHF continues call for rehabilitation of Janos Esterhazy, reacts to Slovak falsification of history... Esterhazy was the only member of the Slovak Parliament in 1942 who voted against expelling the Jews, setting an example which few dared to follow in the parts of Europe controlled by Adolf Hitler's Germany. He was detained by the Nazis and died in a communist prison. He is still classified as a war criminal in Slovakia. [read more]
Featured Books & Articles
T. Zane Reeves: "Shoes Along the Danube." Based on a true story, this amazing book follows the lives of two extended Hungarian families, the Rézlers and the Földes, one gentile and the other Jewish, through three decades. The story begins in pre-World War II Budapest, as increasing fascism and anti-Semitism lead Hungary to become an ally of Germany. In 1944, Germany invades Hungary to exterminate Europe’s last remaining group of Jews at the infamous Auschwitz death camp. The story builds through the siege of Budapest, the Russian occupation of Hungary, and separation by exile. It includes the story of Col. Ferenc Koszorus and the battle against Nazi forces. Buy [his books] and other products on the AHF Amazon Store
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
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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)
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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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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.
The American Hungarian Federation 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. Please Help us to Continue to Help our Community!
INVITATION: Sarasota, FL, 1/19 - RAJKÓ Gypsy Band: Sponsored by the Kossuth Club, this is a unique opportunity to see and hear an authentic gypsy band. In the tradition of true Gypsy orchestras the RAJKÓ will alter the program every night to suit the specific concert audience and the musicians own creative mood in true RAJKÓ tradition! This is the essence of Roma music in Hungary or anywhere else in the world: spontaneity, improvisation and drawing a smile or a tear from the listeners. The program includes folk and popular music selections loved not only by Hungarians, also selections from romantic and classical composers like Monti, Hubay, Dinicu, Khachaturian, Offenbach, Suppé, Strauss or Rossini – just to name a few.
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Magyar-amerikai állampolgár László Miklós (1903-1973): Illatszertár / Parfumerie című darabjának bemutatóját december 16-január 8. között a 1st Stage színház előadásában Tysons Corner, VA-ban. További információ a színház honlapján [tovább]
[Buy or Rent] this historic film, movie posters, post cards, and invite the producer to your event! [read more]
AHF, Tibor Eckhardt, and the "Movement for Independent Hungary," 1941 - 1942: Seeking to extract Hungary from the Nazi Axis sphere... On the 31st of December 1940, the Amerikai Magyar Népszava published a front-page editorial headlined “The Hour has Struck.” The editorial proclaimed that it was the “the historic mission of Americans of Hungarian origin to give voice to the cries of the silenced people of Hungary and to give their whole hearted effort to the liberation of their mother country which is clubbed into submission by the Nazi terror" and called upon the American Hungarian Federation to unfurl the banner of a Free Hungary Movement without hesitation or delay. [read more]
T. Zane Reeves, Ph.D., served in Brazil in the Peace Corps. His graduate work was at UCLA and USC. He taught at Pepperdine and California State, Dominguez Hills, before moving to the University of New Mexico, where he retired as Regents’ Professor Emeritus. Zane visits Hungary often where he is a board member of the Julius Rézler Foundation in Budapest.
He also is the author of a number of books, including From Budapest to Albuquerque: The American Life of Julius Rézler and says, “I was told this story by Hungarians and wanted to pass it on.” T. Zane Reeves, Ph.D., is pleased to announce the release of his new book Shoes Along the Danube which refers to the memorial of cast iron shoes that honor Hungarian Holocaust victims. Based on a true story, this amazing book follows the lives of two extended Hungarian families, the Rézlers and the Földes, one gentile and the other Jewish, through three decades. It includes the story of Col. Ferenc Koszorus and the battle against Nazi forces. His books are available on the AHF Amazon Store! [read more] about Zane!
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