Articles by: György Lázár

George Soros

George Soros elected Honorary Fellow of the British Academy

On Friday, July 21 the British Academy announced sixty six of the “world’s leading minds” as new Fellows of the Academy. George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management; Founder and Chairman, Open Society Foundations is a new Honorary Fellow. The announcement noted that Fellows of the British Academy represent the very best of humanities and they contribute to research of social […]

by · July 25, 2017 · Culture
US Swim Team

US Swim team in Budapest gets taste of Hungary’s way of doing business

I visit Budapest every year and enjoy my stay there although the Hungarian way of doing business bothers me.   Here’s a story about the US Swim Team that illustrates how business is done in Budapest. (Read details here in Hungarian.) Small corruption was always part of life in Hungary.   In the old days when I bought produce at the market, I knew when […]

by · July 23, 2017 · Culture
In February 2017 Ms. Bogyay (second left) Hungary’s UN envoy in New York met Iddo Netanyahu (middle with glasses) to discuss Hungarian translation of his play.

Netanyahu, Hungary’s favorite playwright

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister, has told his diplomats to charm influential decision makers everywhere, and use every opportunity to convince the world that his image is distorted in the Western media. At home Mr. Orbán is winning far-right voters with revved up racist, anti-Muslin and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Overseas he is advertising a moderate image, as a politician who has […]

by · July 19, 2017 · Politics
Professor Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani 1977-2017

Viktor Orbán thinks that Muslim immigrants are a threat to Europe because they are unable “to integrate into Western societies.” He has said that Muslim immigration is “the Trojan horse of terrorism” and has issued a stark warning that Western civilization and “Christian identity” is in danger. Hungary won’t let in Muslim immigrants at all. *** I heard the shocking […]

by · July 17, 2017 · Culture
The Dagály Complex in Budapest, purpose-built for the FINA Championships

Are Muslim, gay, black and Jewish swimmers safe at the FINA World Championship in Budapest?

As an American of Hungarian origin I hope that the USA Swim team will succeed in Budapest at the upcoming 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships. The competition will start this weekend and lasts two weeks. I also wish good luck to the Hungarian team. To be honest I would have been happier if Hungarian-born Katinka Hosszú would compete in US […]

by · July 15, 2017 · Culture
Elza Brandeisz with a letter from George Soros on her 100th birthday

George Soros’s savior Elza Brandeisz, member of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church

Elza Brandeisz is a deeply religious Hungarian woman. She is a member of The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hungary. On November 12, 1995, the Holocaust organization Yad Vashem in Jerusalem recognized Ms. Brandeisz, as Righteous Among the Nations, a person who risked her life to hide Jews during World War II. Among others, she hid George Soros. Elza Brandeisz was a […]

by · July 11, 2017 · Antisemitism
Horthy (left) Hitler (right) were close allies

Orbán’s explicit praise of Horthy is a denial of Hungary’s fascist past

In a bizarre speech Hungary’s right-wing authoritarian strongman, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, recently called Miklós Horthy an “exceptional statesman.” Admiral Horthy, also an authoritarian (although some called him a dictator) led his country as Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary following the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. He turned pro-Mussolini and pro-Hitler in the 1930s and […]

by · July 6, 2017 · Antisemitism
Water at Ferihegy for Euro

Budapest annoyances – tourists beware

My wife and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Budapest. The city was sizzling hot, but the view of the river was gorgeous as always. Ferihegy airport is busy, the new building is already overcrowded and the season has just started. Taxi Our Frankfurt flight leaves early and we have to be at Ferihegy well before 5:00AM. How […]

by · July 2, 2017 · Culture
J.D. Gordon is a frequent guest at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC

Marymount University should cancel Szemerkényi’s commencement speech

Many of our readers have probably never heard of Marymount University, a small Catholic school in Arlington, Virginia. A couple of months ago they announced that in May the commencement speech of the graduate program would be given by Hungary’s Ambassador to Washington, Réka Szemerkényi. (The location is DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW Washington, D.C.) In the meantime […]

by · May 19, 2017 · Politics
Frans Timmerman and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

EU focus on Viktor Orbán’s anti-Semitism

While racism and anti-Semitism are not uncommon in European Union (EU) countries, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is the only one who brought anti-Semitism into a ruling party. Ruling party Fidesz politicians in Hungary frequently make anti-Semitic remarks in Hungarian, never in English. And the doubletalk has served Orbán well. His party has attracted a fair share of the country’s […]

by · May 9, 2017 · Antisemitism