Articles by: György Lázár

Rev Ludwig and Rev. Poznan in better times.

Calvin Synod Bishop Rt. Rev. Koloman K. Ludwig responds to HFP article

Bishop Kolomon K. Ludwig responded to our article about the sudden removal of Rev. Béla Poznan the long-time Bishop of the Calvin Synod. In his email, Bishop Ludwig explained that Rev. Poznan was never accused of financial mismanagement, nor was this ever insinuated by anyone. He also indicated that the Synod has no further comment on this subject. We thank […]

by · August 1, 2015 · Diaspora
Sister Margit Slachta

Angel of Mercy in Canada – a film about Sister Margit Slachta

In 1949 when Sister Margit Slachta arrived to the United States and asked for temporary refuge, she had no idea that she would never return to Hungary. She died in Buffalo, New York, in 1974 and the local paper headline read, “Sister Margaret Slachta Dies; Champion of Rights.” Indeed, she was an uncompromising fighter of human rights. George Csicsery arrived […]

by · July 30, 2015 · Culture
Bishop Béla Poznan

The disgraceful fall of Bishop Béla Poznan

What a scandal! Hungarian media has avoided reporting the firing of Rt. Rev. Béla Poznan, the long-time Bishop of the Calvin Synod of the American protestant denomination the United Church of Christ. Bishop Poznan maintained close ties with Hungary’s Orbán Government; he was a member of the openly pro-Fidesz Diaspora Council and frequently appeared in Budapest. Bishop Poznan even received […]

by · July 21, 2015 · Diaspora
Mr. Ferenc Kumin and Rabbi Arthur Schneier.

Did Consul General Ferenc Kumin trick an elderly Holocaust survivor rabbi?

Tad Stahnke from Human Rights First has published an article in which he warns American lawmakers not to be “duped” by the Fidesz government’s “charm offensive.” Here is a story about the communication tricks Hungarian diplomats play in the United States. Ferenc Kumin is 40 years old and the Consul General of Hungary in New York. Before this position, he […]

by · July 16, 2015 · Antisemitism
Burgers in Debrecen, at Buri Buri.

Buri Buri – my favorite hamburger joint in Debrecen

One of the culinary high-points of our vacation in Hungary this summer was the hamburger we had in Debrecen at Buri Buri, a hole-in-the-wall burger place which serves extraordinary “street food”. My wife and I were tired and hungry. It was an unusually hot June evening and we wanted to eat outside. “How about a hamburger?” – suggested my wife. […]

by · July 12, 2015 · Culture
Prime Minister Orbán and Katinka Hosszú (left).

Katinka Hosszú and the doping allegation

Katinka Hosszú is Hungary’s miracle swimmer – the “Iron Lady.” She is the best all-around swimmer on earth right now, the pride of the Hungarian Swimming Association and personal favorite of sport-crazy Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. She is incredible. When she recently entered the Charlotte Arena Pro Swim Series and raced seven individual events – she won six! Ms. Hosszú […]

by · May 24, 2015 · Culture
Mr. Krasznahorkai with the Booker prize.

László Krasznahorkai and the Booker International Prize

In June 2012, László Krasznahorkai visited San Francisco, he met his readers at the legendary City Lights bookstore. I arrived late because parking is almost impossible in the North Beach neighborhood where the bookstore is located, and I could barely fight my way into the event. He is almost a cult figure in California literary circles. City Lights is probably […]

by · May 21, 2015 · Culture
In October 2014 Mr. Koszorus received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from Hungarian official Mr. Zsolt Németh in recognition for his outstanding achievements in promoting Hungarian-American relations.

War among Fidesz lobbyists in Washington DC

An unusual war broke out among the Orbán-government supporters in Washington DC. Frank Koszorus, President of the American Hungarian Federation told Heti Válasz, a Hungarian weekly, that the upcoming congressional hearing about Hungary is a terrible idea. Whoever organized it does not understand the real issues and called for postponement. He himself is on the witness list, but he’ll boycott […]

by · May 19, 2015 · Diaspora
Mr. Baumeister (left) receives his accreditation from Jobbik Party Chairman Mr. Vona.

Jobbik names organizer for New York City

Hungary’s neo-Nazi party, Jobbik, has recently launched a campaign in North America. They are recruiting willing and able organizers to spread the far-right ideology in the United States. Gábor Vona, Chairman of the extremist party, has officially installed Mr. László Baumeister (also known Laszlo Wilhelm Baumeiszter) as Jobbik’s party organizer in New York. Mr. Baumeister is 54 years old and […]

by · May 15, 2015 · Diaspora
Ms. Szemerkényi with her family and President Obama in the Oval Office.

Ambassador Szemerkényi embraces neo-Nazi Jobbik delegation in Washington

Ms. Réka Szemerkényi has been recently accredited as Hungary’s Ambassador to Washington. After she presented her credentials to President Obama at the White House she promised to open a new chapter in US-Hungarian relations. She did. Never before had a Hungarian Ambassador to the US embraced  neo-Nazis. Ms. Szemerkényi is the first Hungarian diplomat in history to welcome the neo-Fascist […]

by · May 12, 2015 · Politics