AHF News Archive: 2006
2/24/2006 - Annual Leadership Conference in Venice, Florida... AHF Members are welcome to join AHF Leadership to discuss implementing AHF's 2007 program and strategies aimed at strengthening the Federation in its 100th anniversary year. [read more]
12/18/2006 - The American Hungarian Federation Condemns Latest Minority Rights Violations By Romania: Sanctions Against Hungarian Professors At Babes-Bolyai University For Promoting Bilingualism. "Although Romania joined NATO and will be accepted into the EU, the irrefutable record demonstrates that its laws and practices fail to conform to European and Western standards relating to human and minority rights. A few examples of Romania’s less than exemplary record will suffice..." [read more]
12/1/2006 - Budapest Needs to Support Legitimate Aspirations of Hungarian Minorities, Not Eliminate Institutions. The American Hungarian Federation is concerned that revised policies by Hungary may not be sufficient to protect the Hungarian minorities living in the Carpathian Basin. The Federation hopes that other organizations and individuals, especially those who address minority rights issues, will join the Federation in its expression of concern. The full text of the Federation's statement, in English and Hungarian can be viewed below.
11/17/2006 - AHF Co-President, Imre Toth attends Washington Premiere of Andrew Vajna's stirring film, "Freedom's Fury." The Hungarian Embassy hosted the premier of the documentary film "Freedom's Fury," the story of the 1956 olympic water polo match between a "free" Hungary (the match took place during the revolution) and the Soviet Union which led to blood in the water. Imre Toth, a filmmaker himself, was asked to present technical questions from the production crew of Colin Gray and Megan Aarons (the Sibs.) Imre reports "It was a fantastic experience. This will be a collector's item for Hungarians for the next 50 years to come." [read more]
11/16/2006 - Federation Leaders Meet with White House Official. On November 16, members of the American Hungarian Federation's leadership, including its President, Istvan Fedor, and several members of the Federation's Executive Committee Zoltan Bagdy, Bryan Dawson, Atilla Kocsis, and Frank Koszorus, Jr. met with Adam Sterling, the newly appointed Director of Central and Eastern European Affairs of the National Security Council. The meeting took place in the Executive Office of the White House. [read more]
11/5/2006 - American Hungarian Federation Criticized for Speaking out in Favor of Democracy... The article, “Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség botrányos nyilatkozata,” published in the November 5, 2006 edition of Amerikai Magyar Nepszava Szabadság ("Népszava") is punctuated with inaccurate, unsubstantiated and malevolent assertions. Népszava criticized the Federation for expressing its concern over reports of alleged police brutality directed against peaceful demonstrators on October 23, 2006 and for supporting an impartial investigation of those allegations.
Amnesty International had issued a similar statement calling for investigations of alleged excessive use of force during September demonstrations. [read more]
Az Amerikai Magyar Népszava Szabadság (mostantól Népszava) 2006. november 5-én Az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség botrányos nyilatkozata címmel pontatlan, megalapozatlan és rosszindulatú kifejezésekkel terhelt cikket közölt, bírálni próbálva a Szövetséget, amiért az aggodalmát fejezte ki az 2006. október 23-án, a békés tüntetokkel szemben foganatosított, állítólagos rendori eroszakról érkezo jelentések kapcsán, és egyúttal támogatta az állítások részrehajlás nélküli kivizsgálását. [tovább magyarul]
11/2/2006 - American Hungarian Federation Expresses Concern Over Excessive Use of Force. On October 31, 2006 the American Hungarian Federation issued a statement concerning the recent developments relating to demonstrations against the government of Hungary. The Federation expresses its concern over the excessive use of force against the demonstrators, and questions the official inaction concerning the events; it also calls for a thorough and timely investigation of the police actions. The full text of the statement, in English and in Hungarian, can be viewed below.
10/22 - 10/29 - Texas AHF Chapter Grows with successful commemorations of the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The University of St. Thomas hosts symposium and photo exhibit and the Hungarian American Cultural Association hosts commemoration in Houston where Dr. Robert Ivany is awarded the Col. Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom, AHF's highest honor. The same photo exhibit displayed in the state Capitol in Austin. Dallas Hungarians dedicate the “emlékoszlopok” ("memorial poles" are traditional Transylvanian carved wooden monuments) in honor of the 1956 Revolution and the 50th year of the Cistercian Abbey. [read more]
10/25/2006 - AHF President Istvan Fedor Expresses Thanks to President Bush for His Proclamation About the 1956 Revolution. On this page below, President Bush's October 18 Proclamation honoring the 1956 Revolution is printed. On October 25, AHF President Istvan Fedor thanked President Bush for his Proclamation and for his personal involvement in the events commemorating 1956, such as his address at the Capitol in March of this year, and his visit to Hungary in June. Read more of Istvan Fedor's letter to President Bush. [read more]
10/22/2006 - AHF Chairman, Akos Nagy provides keynote address at 1956 Memorial unveiling at Miami's Kossuth Club. Miami's Hungarian community commemorated 1956 with a service at the First Hungarian Church of Christ followed by the unveiling and unveiling of its 1956 Memorial. The consecration ceremony began with the Ringing of Bell for the martyrs [read more]
10/20/2006 - The American Hungarian Federation Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolt. The American Hungarian Federation honored the memory of the heroes of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, at a gala dinner at the prestigious Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., on October 20th. Close to 150 Federation members, American Hungarians, their American friends and relatives attended the dinner. Seven American Hungarians received the Federation's "Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom Award" in recognition of their efforts on behalf of Hungarian causes. [read more]
10/18/2006 - President Bush issues a proclamation honoring the 1956 Hungarian Revolution... "The story of Hungarian democracy represents the triumph of liberty over tyranny. In the fall of 1956, the Hungarian people demanded change, and tens of thousands of students, workers, and other citizens bravely marched through the streets to call for freedom. Though Soviet tanks brutally crushed the Hungarian uprising, the thirst for freedom lived on, and in 1989 Hungary became the first communist nation in Europe to make the transition to democracy." [download the resolution]
10/16/2006 - AHF Co-President Imre Toth guest speaker at the Goethe Institute during 1956 film screenings. As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution commemorations, the Goethe-Institut presented films where each evening’s screenings were followed by a discussion with an expert. The event screened films by AHF members Klaudia Kovacs ("Torn from the Flag"), Jake Borritt (Budapest to Gettysburg), Reka Pigniczky ("Journey Home"), Arthur Rasco ("No Greater Love"), and Steven Fischer ("Freedom Dance"). Other films included "Szerelem" by renowned director Károly Makk and BBC documentary footage. [download the press release]
10/15/2006 - 1956 Anniversary Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall. New York City’s Carnegie Hall hosted a Gala Memorial Concert commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution organized by the Coordinating Committee for the Commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. [read more]
10/14/2006 - Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and AHF's own Imre Toth participate in "Cold War Conversations: The Uprisings and Revolutions of 1956." The American Hungarian Federation is proud to have co-hosted the event. The Cold War Museum convened panels of diplomats, officials and historians to discuss the 1956 Polish and Hungarian uprisings against the Soviets and Communism. [read more]
10/8/2006 - AHF Co-President, Imre L. Toth, featured in US News and World Report on 1956. "Revolution! The Hungarian uprising 50 years later; how it changed the Cold War" by Alex Kingsbury is the Special Report in the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine. This story appears in the October 16, 2006 print edition of U.S. News & World Report. [see the article]
9/20/2006 - Professor Peter Hargitai and the American Hungarian Federation publish novel about child freedom-fighter, "Daughter of the Revolution." For 12 days, countless Hungarian teenagers fought in the bloody Hungarian Revolution against Communist tyranny and overwhelming Soviet armor. They set up tank barricades, tossed Molotov cocktails, and with their confiscated Russian submachine guns made a stand on the streets of Budapest, hoping to hold out until help arrived from the West. But there was no help. Nobody came to their aid. This is the story of one such brave freedom fighter-a 14 year-old girl. [order now]
9/19/2006 - AHF issues statement in reaction to political crisis over Gyurcsany "Pinnochio Gate" speech. Peaceful demonstrations were held worldwide as Hungarians reacted to an aired audiotape of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany telling members of his ruling Socialist Party that his government had lied about the state of the country's economy throughout its two years in office. "We lied throughout the past one and a half or two years," he said. "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening and also at night."
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8/1/2006 - Virginia's Governor Kaine honors the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Virginia answers AHF's call and joins Texas, Colorado, Ohio, and Maryland in issuing a proclamation honoring the 1956 fight for freedom. AHF is pursuing resolutions in all 50 states. How can you help? [read more]
6/22/2006 - American Hungarian Federation submits Letter to President Bush Prior to his trip to Budapest. On June 17, 2006, the Federation submitted a letter to President Bush in connection with his trip to Budapest. While expressing thanks for the visit and for honoring the 1956 Hungarian revolution, (the Federation recommended such a visit last year, but only after Hungarian elections), the letter noted that “there are Hungarian communities living in states neighboring Hungary who do not yet fully enjoy the benefits of freedom because of the discrimination and intolerance they experience solely due to their nationality.” It suggested how fitting this 50th anniversary year would be it if it were to be “capped by a commitment by every country of the region to promote genuine democracy (and stability) by respecting the minority rights and legitimate aspirations of their respective minorities.” [download the entire letter] [read more about AHF's 1956 activities]
6/16/2006 - AHF outlines key issues in Open Letter/Nyílt Levél to Hungarian Prime Minister Gyurcsány (in English and Hungarian). The Federation decided to publish this letter because it has watched with growing concern how the Medgyessy/Gyurcsany governments ignored or failed to adequately address several key issues – economic reforms, support for families, aspirations of Hungarian minorities in countries neighboring Hungary and voting rights. [read more in English] [tovább magyarul]
6/13/2006 - Yugoslavia: Then and Now. The Washington Times publishes AHF letter to the editor. "Jeffrey T. Kuhner observes that Yugoslavia is dead ("Yugoslavia, rest in peace," Commentary, Thursday). Actually, Yugoslavia was stillborn. Even as it was being cobbled together as part of post-World War I peacemaking, Croats (and other nationalities) resented Belgrade's domination..." [read more] [see more articles in the news]
6/7/2006 - "Trianon Binds No One Except Hungarians," AHF Issues Statement on the 86th Anniversary of the Trianon Tragedy. Hungarian American communities join in protest. AHF's Assoc. President Frank Koszorus, Jr., writes, "Montenegro’s declaration of independence from Serbia on June 3, 2006, is but the latest nail in the coffin of the long-crumbling, outdated and superseded post-World War I peacemaking, including the Treaty of Trianon. Arguably the most severe of all the post-World War I settlements, one is struck by how ephemeral the artificial progeny of the ill-conceived Treaty of Trianon really was." [read more]
6/6/2006 - AHF pursuing resolutions commemorating 1956 in all 50 states! Ohio and Colorado follow Texas in adopting the Resolution and congratulate the American Hungarian Federation on its 100th anniversary. AHF's 1956 Commemoration Committee announced a nationwide effort urging state houses and governors to adopt resolutions honoring the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Texas became the first state to adopt the resolution. Ohio and Colorado were next. Special thanks to the Hon. Péter Ujvági, Ohio State Representative (D) who successfully pushed the resolution through both state houses and Jeno Megyessy for introducing a joint resolution that also makes Octbober 23, 2006 "Hungarian Freedom Fighter's Day" in Colorado! The Houston Chronicle also published an Op-Ed calling attention to the resolution. We need your help! AHF is calling on all member organizations and friends to promote this important effort! How can you help? [read more]
5/29/2006 - Successful Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. About 40 members and guests which included representatives from NATO, both the US and Hungarian military, Hungarian American leaders, and representatives from the Hungarian Embassy witnessed the Memorial Day ceremony. Arlington National is the final resting place for a number of Hungarian American Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Following the program that included a roll call in honor of those in present and past military service and a presentation on Hungarian and American military traditions, the group proceeded on a walking tour of 8 additional Hungarian American gravesites scattered throughout the sprawling grounds.
Bryan Dawson-Szilagyi, AHF Executive Committee Chair (seen here placing the AHF commemorative ribbon on the grave of Capt. Akos Szekely who died a hero's death in Vietnam), wrote, "Most special to me was that our commemoration had such a unique historical perspective... A perspective that gave us a deeper understanding of the noble depths of the Hungarian military tradition - a tradition that so many families carried on and one we must honor by remembrance...[With the descendants of Gens. Asboth and Kozlay there with us] We literally touched history - a history across generations, centuries, and continents..." See additional photos, information on the Hungarians buried at Arlington National, and highlights of this very special event >> [read more]
4/28/2006 - Texas House of Representatives adopts 1956 Resolution and congratulates the American Hungarian Federation on its 100th anniversary. AHF's 1956 Commemoration Committee announced a nationwide effort urging state houses and governors to adopt resolutions honoring the heroes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Texas became the first state to adopt the resolution. The Houston Chronicle also published an Op-Ed calling attention to the resolution. We need your help! AHF is calling on all member organizations and friends to promote this important effort! How can you help? [read more]
4/26/2006 - The American Hungarian Federation announces Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 29, 2006. Representatives from NATO and both the US and Hungarian military, Hungarian American leaders, and the Ambassador and representatives from the Hungarian Embassy are expected to attend. Arlington National is the final resting place for a number of Hungarian American Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. [read more]
4/25/2006 - AHF shows unity and elects new leadership at National Meeting. The American Hungarian Federation held its National Convention at the Garfield Hungarian Club in New Jersey on April 22nd. AHF Members from across the United States met to ensure unity and common purpose and successfully elected a new leadership to lead the organization in its Centennial Year. [read more]
4/18/2006 - The American Hungarian Federation responds to European Commissioner Rehn's view that conditions relating to the Hungarian historical community living in Romania are satisfactory. The letter states, "More than a decade after the collapse of communism, Romania has yet to fulfill its promises to its more than 1.5 million strong ethnic Hungarians." [read more]
4/10/2006 - The American Hungarian Federation and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington, DC announce May 20th Gala Fundraiser. Proceeds of the evening to support a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the Hungarian historical communities living in the countries neighboring Hungary. Honorary Chairs include outstanding community leaders and Congressmen Tom Lantos, Daniel W. Lipinski, Thaddeus G. McCotter, and Frank R. Wolf. [read more and reserve]
3/26/2006 - AHF of Washington, DC's annual 1848 commemoration. The Chapel at Wesley Theological Seminary at American University was the setting for this year's commemoration which featured speeches on Louis Kossuth and the implications of 1848 on recent Hungarian politics and ethnic relations in the Carpathian Basin. Speakers included Ambassador Andras Simonyi, AHF DC President Frank Koszorus, Andras Ferenc Bodor, and performances by local youth and the Bátori József Hungarian Scouts [read more]
3/15/2006 - President Bush Honors Hungary's Contributions to Democracy. March 15th marks Hungary's National Day and the anniversary of its historic 1848 democratic revolution led by Louis Kossuth. “I believe the example of Hungary proves that freedom is universal. I believe everybody desires to live in freedom,” Bush said. “It's an example that tyranny can never stamp out the desire to be free.” Numerous AHF members joined the event chair, Congressman Tom Lantos and distiguished speakers and guests that included Congressmen Hastert and Pelosi, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, and Hungarian Ambassador Simonyi. [read more] With Video!
3/1/2006 - The "Butcher of Budapest" - The Washington Post publishes AHF article on the "Consequences of the Secret Speech." AHF Assoc. President Frank Koszorus, Jr., wrote the article in reaction to Anne Applebaum's "Happy Anniversary, Nikita Khrushchev." "One consequence of the "secret speech" that Ms. Applebaum didn't mention was the destabilizing impact it had on Soviet-dominated Central and Eastern Europe." [download the article] [see more articles in the news]
A Washington DC környékén élö magyar közösség nagy érdeklödését kiváltó fórumot tartott Horváth János a Fidesz -Magyar Polgári Szövetség országgyulési képviselöjén a Kossuth Házban 2006. március 1-én. [tovább]
Észak-amerikai körútja washingtoni eseményei közepette dr. Horváth János - a Fidesz-Magyar Polgári Szövetség országgyülési képviselöje - nagy örömmel tett látogatást az Amerikai Magyar Szövetségnél és találkozott annak Washingtonban élö tagjaival. [tovább]
How Hungarian Citizens Abroad Can Vote: Dr. Janos Horvath's Awareness Campaign. [Magyarul]
2/18/2006 - Hungarians Abroad voting in Hungarian Parliamentarian Elections for the first time... Hungarian Parliamentarian on US Tour to help voters understand the procedures as DEADLINE approaches.
János Horváth, a senior member of the Parliament of Hungary representing the Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Party, is going to visit several North American Hungarian communities between February 26 and March 6. The key purpose of his trip is to underline the significance of the upcoming general Parliamentary elections to be held in April in Hungary, and to spread the news to those Hungarians with voting rights that they may cast their votes at the Hungarian Embassies and Consulates abroad including those in the US and Canada for the first time if they mail their requests with the selected location to the appropriate local authorities in Hungary within the somewhat restrictive statutory deadlines. [read more]
2/14/2006 - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts reception in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. American Hungarian Federation issues statement. "For 12 days in 1956, the Hungarian people caught a fleeting glimpse of their independence. Armed with little more than a love of liberty, the impatient patriots of Hungary rose up against the mighty Soviet empire," noted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a commemoration of the 1956 Revolution at the Department of State's Benjamin Franklin Room on February 13, 2006. The Federation honors the true heroes of the 1956 Revolution -- those who were unwilling to compromise and who, against overwhelming odds and standing alone, made tremendous sacrifices for the cause of freedom, democracy and independence. [read more]
1/28/2006 - AHF Leadership Conference in Venice, Florida... AHF members met at the Hungarian Christian Society's Hungarian Club in Venice to discuss AHF 2006/2007 plans, how to improve coordination at both a local and national level, and events related to the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. [read more]
1/26/2006 - Hungarian Reformed Federation's Washington Branch sponsors 1956 Roundtable Discussion...AHF members joined 1956 Freedom Fighters and Washington-area Hungarians in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of American (HRFA). Branch Manager, Frank Kapitan (seen here), opened the discussion and asked participants to share their personal experiences related to 1956 and discuss the lessons learned and implications of the revolution in today's world. AHF's Zsuzsa Toth transcribed those experiences which can be found by clicking [here]
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