Articles by: György Lázár

Mr. Gorka (left) appeared Mr. Tamás Molnár (middle), vice-chairman of the Jobbik party and Mr. László Grespik far-right activist at a press conference in 2006 at the Corvin movie theatre, Budapest.

Sebastian Gorka’s association with far-right, pro-Iranian political figures in Hungary

This is the third installment of a series of articles appearing in HFP on the meteoric rise of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser. Recently questions have been raised about Mr. Gorka’s competence and his connection to anti-Semitic groups and individuals. (See: Part 1 & Part 2.) Hungary’s far-right movement is pro-Iranian, in fact, according to press reports the Iranian […]

by · March 18, 2017 · Antisemitism
Geert Wilders visiting his wife's village - Nyírparasznya

Geert Wilders loves Hungary and had coffee with Viktor Orbán

Will far-right populist “peroxide-blond crusader” Geert Wilders be the Netherlands’ new prime minister? And why does he spend so much time in Hungary? On March 15th the Netherlands will elect its new Parliament, the Tweede Kamer or Lower House. According to opinion polls the far-right Freedom party might come out ahead and Wilders has a good chance to become the […]

by · March 12, 2017 · Politics
Orbán and Kaczinsky in happier days.

Orbán backstabbed Kaczynski

Polak, Węgier, dwa bratanki, i do szabli, i do szklanki – Poles, Hungarians, two brothers, they fight together, they drink wine together. (Polish proverb) There were few relationships between right-wing political parties closer than the alliance of the ruling Polish PiS and Hungarian Fidesz. Party bosses Orbán and Jaroslaw Kaczynski have pledged to wage a “cultural counter-revolution” and reform a […]

by · March 11, 2017 · East
Rozika (Rózsika) Schwimmer

On International Women’s Day we remember Rozika (Rózsika) Schwimmer

Rózsika Schwimmer was a Hungarian-American feminist, journalist, politician and relentless fighter for woman’s rights in Hungary and the United States. Born in 1877 in Budapest and trained as a bookkeeper, Schwimmer was an occasional journalist for various papers such as Pester Lloyd. She got involved with the Hungarian union movement and became the leader of the National Association for Women […]

by · March 8, 2017 · Diaspora
Sebastian Gorka aka Gorka Sebestyén.

Sebastian Gorka attended Hungarian far-right conference in 2003

(In a series of articles, HFP will be looking into the meteoric rise of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser. Recently questions have been raised about Mr. Gorka’s competence and his connection to anti-Semitic groups and individuals. This piece is the second installment of our series.) In a recently published article David Reaboi defends Sebastian Gorka. He writes that it […]

by · March 6, 2017 · Antisemitism
Mr. Gorka and Jobbik's ex-vice-chairman Mr. Molnár announce their political movement in Budapest in 2006

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser and the Hungarian far-right

In a series of articles, HFP will be looking into the meteoric rise of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser. Recently questions have been raised about Mr. Gorka’s competence and his connection to anti-Semitic groups and individuals. This piece is the first installment of our series. * Sebastian Gorka is a British-born British, Hungarian and US citizen who moved to […]

by · March 2, 2017 · Politics
From left: Dorottya Hais (red dress), Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Zsófia Szamosi, with producer Anna Udvardy.  Director Kristóf Deák (with glasses) with music composer Ádám Balázs.

Hungarian short film Sing receives Oscar

I was in disbelief when my wife, who was watching the Oscars, told me that The American Academy of Motion Picture gave an Oscar to Hungarian short film Sing in the Live Action Short Film category. The 25-minute film was directed by 34-year old Kristóf Deák. It takes place in a Budapest school (Bakáts Téri Ének-Zenei Általános Iskola) in 1991 […]

by · February 27, 2017 · Culture
Rianás – the cracking sound of ice at Lake Balaton

Rianás – the cracking sound of ice at Lake Balaton

It has been an unusually cold winter in Hungary and country’s largest lake, Lake Balaton, is frozen. Gábor Kardos came up with the idea to have a “Slide across the Ice of Balaton.” It took place a couple weeks ago between Badacsony and Fonyód, a narrow part of the lake. (The event was called in Hungarian – Balaton Átcsúszás 2017) […]

by · February 21, 2017 · Culture
The Lukács statue in Budapest – it will be removed

Hungary is removing statue of philosopher György (Georg) Lukács – He was Marxist and Jewish

Removing a statue of a philosopher? You may expect something like this to happen in Nazi Germany in the 1930s but not in Budapest in 2017. A couple of weeks ago the Budapest City Council decided that the statue of György Lukács will be removed from a Budapest park in the 13th district. The renowned philosopher’s statue is currently in […]

by · February 16, 2017 · Culture
Edie Adams and her husband Ernie Kovacs.

Ernie Kovacs – the Hungarian-American comic genius

I just recently discovered how little is known in Hungary about Ernie Kovacs, the American comedic genius. This wildly popular American star spoke pretty good Hungarian and died tragically at the height of his career in 1962. Ernie Kovacs was born in a Catholic family in 1919 in Trenton, New Jersey. His father Andrew (András) was 13 years old when […]

by · February 11, 2017 · Diaspora