December 7, 2019 AHF holds its Annual Board Meeting at the Washington Marriott Wardman
Park. Ten AHF Board Members attended, led by AHF Board Chair Dr. Nemeth Imre.
Past year activities of the Cultural Committee were presented by Dreisziger Zsuzsanna including:
- Participation in the 3 day annual meeting of the Friends of Hungary Foundation Conference in
- Attending the opening event of the Business Promotion & Development Campus in DC.
- Participation in the 1956 Memorial Program organized by the Hungarian Embassy in JFK
Center, Washington DC.
- Participation in the 1956 commemoration at the Hungarian Consulate General in New York,
- Presented a proposal of a plan by the Americans for Hungarians Nonprofit to build a statue to
remember the unfair and disastrous Treaty of Trianon which dismembered Hungary.
- Attendance by Dr. Kerekes Judit, Dreisziger Zsuzsanna and Balogh Gyula at the three-day
59th Hungarian Association Congress in Cleveland, which discussed the impact of the Treaty
- Planning and holding the 2019 Advent celebration at the Hungarian Embassy in DC with the
Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris and Embassy staff.
President Nagy Akos presented a brief summary of the Annual Diaspora Conference in Hungary. IRC Chair
Koszorus Frank Jr. presented information about the november 14th Budapest conference "Fate of Saviors in a
Dictatorship", co-sponsored by AHF, the Koszorus Ferenc Memorial Committee, and the Speaker of
Stumpf Mary was unanimously voted by the Board to be to the AHF Treasurer. She held the Assistant
Teasurer position. Future projects discussed included supporting a statue to remember Trianon and a Conference on
Trianon on the Hill.
Board Members in addition to Chair Nemeth Imre who attended: AHF President Nagy Akos, Co-President Balogh Gyula,
General Counsel and Executive Committee Chair Kamenar Paul, Treasurer Stumpf Mary , Bollok Barbara, Dreisziger Zsuzsanna, Dr. Horvath Istvan, Dr.
Kerekes Judit, Koszorus Frank Jr.
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3/26/2018 - Így kell jó hírét kelteni Magyarországnak: "...fontosabbnak tartotta Washingtonban az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség, hogy a szabadságszerető magyar nép igazi arculatát mutassa be. Ismertesse meg minél jobban hazánk történelmét, a magyar emberek küzdelmét, hogy ezzel is közelebb hozza a két nép barátságát." [tovább]
|AHF established the Lajos Kossuth Award to recognize government leaders for their support in strengthening U.S. relations with Hungary and of democracy and human and minority rights in Central and Eastern Europe.
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March 15 is Hungarian National Day commemorating the 1848 War of Independence and fight for Liberation and Democracy. Kossuth
Lajos (Louis) (b. 1802, d. 1894, pronounced co-shoot luh-yôsh) was Governor of Hungary and leader during fight for independence which
was eventually defeated by the union of the royalist Austrian Habsburg
and Russian Czarist Armies (1848 - 1849). Kossuth envisioned a federation
in the Kingdom of Hungary in which all nationalties participated in a
vibrant democratic system based on fundamental democratic principles such
as equality and parliamentary representation. The bloody conflict eventually
led to a great compromise known as the "Austro-Hungarian Empire,"
in which Hungary gained some autonomy, although Kossuth would have no
part in it and demanded full indepependence until his death. It also inadvertantly set the seeds for Hungary's dismemberment after WWI at Trianon
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"the house of Habsburg-Lorraine, perjured in the sight of
God and man, had forfeited the Hungarian throne."
Hungary, April 1849
"All for the people and all by the people. Nothing about
the people without the people. That is Democracy, and that is the ruling
tendency of the spirit of our age."
Spoken before the Ohio State Legislature,
February 16, 1852
Louis Kossuth Speak! [Click Here] - This is the speech of Louis Kossuth which he gave for the dedication of the statue for the 13 Hungarian generals, who were executed at Arad, Hungary, on October 6, 1849 (Arad is in Rumania today after annexation due to the Treaty of Trianon in 1920 ).
Louis Kossuth was exiled after the fall of the Hungarian Liberation Fight of 1848 and made his permanent home in Torino (Turin), Italy. He could not attend the dedication of the monument at Arad, without risking arrest, so he recorded his speech inTurin, and sent it to Arad using the new technology of sound recording, called the phonograph.
The recording was made on September 20, 1890, when Kossuth was 88 years old. It is a sad fact that the monument Kossuth sent his speech for was torn down by the Rumanian government when they annexed Transylvania, along with Arad, in 1920, after World War I.
recording on two wax cylinders for the Edison phonograph survives to this
day, although barely audible due to excess playback and unsuccessful early
restoration attempts. Lajos Kossuth is the earliest born person
in the world who has his voice preserved. Since the audio
is of such poor quality, here is it is transcribed in Hungarian and translated
to English (special thanks to Louis
Kossuth in North America)
"A világ bírája
a történelem fog e kérdésre felelni. Legyenek
a szentemlékû vértanúk megáldottak
poraikban, szellemeikben a hon szabadság Istenének
legjobb áldásaival az örökkévalóságon
keresztül; engem ki nem borulhatok le a Magyar Golgota porába,
engem október 6-a térdeimre borulva fog hontalanságom
remete lakában látni a mint az engem kitagadott Haza
felé nyújtva agg karjaimat a hála hû
érzelmeivel áldom a vértanúk szent emlékét
hûségükért a Haza iránt, 's a magasztos
példáért, melyet az utódoknak adtanak;
's buzgó imával kérem a magyarok Istenét,
hogy tegye diadalmassá a velõkig ható szózatot,
mely Hungária ajkairól a Magyar Nemzethez zeng. Úgy
September 20 1890
"The judge of the universe,
history, will decide over this question. Should the saintly remembered
martyrs be hallowed in their ashes, in their spirit with the highest
blessings of the Lord of Liberty and through eternity; I can not
pay my sympathies to the ashes of the Hungarian Golgotha, but October
6 will find me on my knees in this reclusive home of exile, as I
open my arms to my disowning homeland. With gratitude's faithful
sentiments, I bless the martyrs' sacred memory for their faith in
their homeland and for the sublime example they left to their heirs:
with ardent prayer I beg the God of Hungarians to make their appeal
which echoes from the lips of Hungaria to the Hungarian Nation.
So be it, Amen!
September 20 1890
to hear the recording:
"Kossuth Lajos azt üzente,
elfogyott a regimentje.
Ha még egyszer azt üzeni,
mindnyájunknak el kell menni,
Éljen a magyar szabadság,
Éljen a haza !
Esik esõ karikára,
Kossuth Lajos kalapjára.
Valahány csepp esik rája,
Annyi áldás szálljon rája,
Éljen a magyar szabadság,
Éljen a haza!"
- AHF and the Kossuth Bust in the US Capitol
- AHF commemorating 1848
- President Bush Honors 1848 and Hungary's Contributions to Democracy
- HRFA's excellent Kossuth in America [visit]
- Select Speeches of Kossuth, Condensed and Abridged, with Kossuth's
Express Sanction [visit]
- Louis Kossuth, Mason And Apostle Of World Democracy [visit]
- Count Apponyi's Oration on the Death of Louis Kossuth [visit]
- Wikipedia - [visit]
and add your thoughts!
- Louis Kossuth in North America [visit]
- Kossuth County, Iowa [visit]
- Kossuth County, Iowa statue dedication
- Dedication of statue to replace one destroyed by
forces in 1921:
Gyergyócsomafalva, Transylvania [visit]