Articles by: György Lázár

Viktor Orbán – the Coolest Hungarian

Viktor Orbán – the Coolest Hungarian

Blikk is a popular Hungarian language tabloid and Prime Minister Orbán recently gave them an “exclusive” interview about the importance of wearing the mask.  Hungary has a serious uptick in Covid19 infections. “I always have a couple masks in the car and in the office, these are medical grade,” he explained.  Orbán says that the masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable […]

by · September 19, 2020 · Politics
Ms. Réka Pigniczky (left) and Ms. Andrea Lauer Rice

Cold Warriors – a documentary film about right-wing nostalgia in America

Réka Pigniczky has made an important documentary film based on the “original idea” of Andrea Lauer Rice.   The film was released in 2017 and now it is available on the Web. Cold Warriors is about the friendly shooting reunion of small group of aging Hungarian immigrants on a rural farm in Pennsylvania. In 1960 they were members of a militia […]

by · September 8, 2020 · Culture
Margit Bokor – the tragic life of the Hungarian American soprano

Margit Bokor – the tragic life of the Hungarian American soprano

As part of our series on lesser known Hungarian Americans we introduce Margit Bokor the celebrated soprano of the Metropolitan and the New York City Operas. Margit Bokor was only 49 when she died of cancer in New York City. The singer was born as Margit Wahl in 1900 in Losonc, Hungarian Kingdom (today Lucenec, Slovakia) in a Catholic family.  […]

by · September 1, 2020 · Culture
Steve Bannon (far left) with Viktor Orbán (far right) in the Hungarian Parliament.

Steve Bannon – Orbán’s advisor and former White House chief strategist has been arrested

Steve Bannon has been arrested.  He and three associates were indicted in the U.S. Southern District of New York and charged with defrauding donors through a campaign called, We Build the Wall.  The group raised “more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States” and it is suspected that hundreds of thousands of […]

by · August 23, 2020 · Politics
Orbán refuses to condemn his friend, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko

Orbán refuses to condemn his friend, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko

Hungary’s corrupt “Viktatorship” is still stable at this moment, but you never know.  Political winds can shift on a dime in Budapest, just like they have in Minsk where 200,000 people demanded the resignation the country’s dictator, President Lukashenko. A couple of weeks ago Hungary’s strongman had a friendly visit with Lukashenko and Orbán called it an “honor” to be […]

by · August 17, 2020 · East
Mr. Zsolt Németh (left) and US Representative Andy Harris, Republican Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus in Congress

Hungary’s new foreign policy – US is a competitor

Mr. Zsolt Németh, a founder of Hungary’s Fidesz party and leader of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has published an unusual English-language essay entitled, Hungarian foreign policy after Covid-19.   It appeared in the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet and it seems that it is intended to be Hungary’s new foreign policy “manifesto.”  (Read Németh’s thesis in English here) In the past […]

by · August 11, 2020 · Politics
"Free Country - Free Press" Hungarian demonstration for press freedom in Budapest on July 24.

The collapse of Index – Orbán is dismantling independent media

Hungary’s authoritarian regime is showing its true intentions. The government has declared zero tolerance against independent media outlets voicing criticism of government policies. In 2016 Orbán engineered the shutdown Hungary’s largest broadsheet newspaper, Népszabadság. The official story was “declining sales” and the ruling Fidesz party beamed that the shutdown was “a rational economic decision.”  Népszabadság was not in immediate financial danger and got […]

by · July 27, 2020 · Focus
Ambassador Szemerkényi bids farewell to Sessions.

Jeff Sessions – a friend of the Hungarian government loses Alabama GOP Senate runoff

Seventy-three year-old former Attorney General and friend of the Orbán government, Jeff Sessions failed to reclaim his old Senate seat.  He lost to former Auburn University football coach, Tommy Tuberville in the Alabama GOP runoff.  It was a bitter defeat to Sessions a native Alabaman; Tuberville just recently moved to the state and will face incumbent Democrat Doug Jones in November. This was the first […]

by · July 21, 2020 · Politics
György Kárpáti

György Kárpáti (1935-2020) – Holocaust survivor, Communist informer, Olympic champion

György Kárpáti the legendary water polo player was buried in Budapest at the Farkasréti Cemetery.  The elaborate ceremony was led by a prominent Catholic priest, Father Imre Kozma.  Leaders of the Orbán government lined up to pay their respects.   No doubt, he was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary life. He died at the age of 88 and his life […]

by · July 6, 2020 · Culture
Pastor Debreczeni with the Hungarian flag in Phoenix AZ

Lawsuits and chaos paralyze the Hungarian Reformed Church in America

Two years ago the First Hungarian Reformed Church in Phoenix filed a lawsuit against the Hungarian Reformed Church in America (HRCA) in Maricopa County Superior Courts, Arizona. According to publicly available information the defendants also include Attila Veres, Katalin Veres and the Hungarian Reformed Church in Phoenix.  Now the legal battle has spilled over to California. The First Hungarian Reformed Church […]

by · June 27, 2020 · Diaspora