Articles by: György Lázár

Éva Homor, Steven Kovács and Réka Pigniczky - the San Francisco team of the Hungarian Film Festival.

Hungarian film festivals in California

Hungarian immigrants made important contributions to Hollywood; Michael Curtis, Adolf Zukor, George Cukor, William Fox and the Korda brothers were legends in the last century. “It’s not enough to be talented – you have to be Hungarian in Hollywood.” There is some truth to this myth; during the 1930´s some claimed that the California film industry was dominated by Hungarians. […]

by · November 29, 2014 · Culture
1992: Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky Belgrade.

Mr. Orbán’s Bobby Fischer madness

In 1992 chess genius Bobby Fischer was warned against playing a $5-million match in Yugoslavia. The United States had prohibited all commercial dealings in the war-torn country, the tournament was illegal, and Mr. Fischer was cited for participating in the chess match with Boris Spassky. The erratic Mr. Fischer, 49 years old at the time, was known for bizarre behavior. He […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Politics
Samantha Power

A warning about Hungary’s institutionalized anti-Semitism

Samantha Power is one of President Barack Obama’s closest confidants and currently U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Ms. Power, who is 44 years old, was formerly Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, and also a noted writer, she won the Pulitzer […]

by · November 15, 2014 · Antisemitism
The extreme right Historica band lays flowers at the 1956 monument in Los Angeles.

Pro-Jobbik band in California — Sponsored by the Orbán Government

The monument of the Hungarian Freedom Fighter stands at the edge of MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. It was inaugurated and blessed by Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary in 1974; today this corner of the park is named after him. Each October, Hungarian Americans gather here to commemorate the 1956 Revolution, dignitaries give speeches and lay a wreath on the monument. […]

by · November 3, 2014 · Diaspora
Historica's logo.

From Jobbik rallies to Southern California churches

Historica is a popular Hungarian rock band. They play “national rock” which is a mixture a hard rock and even harder-core Hungarian nationalism. One of their songs is about the heroism of Mr. Albert Wass, a fascist and a convicted World War II criminal, who received the death sentence in absentia for murdering Jews and Romanian peasants. (Historica’s Albert Wass […]

by · October 24, 2014 · Diaspora
Pulaski parade in New York City

Hungarian Americans marched at the Pulaski Day Parade

The Pulaski Day Parade is an annual event in New York City to commemorate Kazimierz Pulaski, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Pułaski was a Polish nobleman, a soldier and military commander, and “father of the American cavalry”. Born in Warsaw, he came to America to help in the cause of the Revolutionary War. He saved the life of […]

by · October 20, 2014 · Diaspora
North American wine lovers, beware! Can you spot the fake Tokaj? Photo: Zsolt Revicky, Népszabadság.

A Question of Authenticity: Hungary’s Tokaj Wines

One of the treasured Hungaricums of my birth country is a special Tokaj wine called aszú, a sweet, topaz-colored wine. Aszú means “dried”, and the complex winemaking process uses botrytised (“nobly” rotten) grapes. This unique, special quality wine is cherished by millions all over the world, but I must confess, I never liked it. It is a bit too heavy, […]

by · October 13, 2014 · Focus
Extra Hungariam

Canada’s Extra Hungariam Foundation entertainer has pro-Jobbik sympathies

A new organization has been announced to support and promote Hungarian culture in Canada. The Extra Hungariam Foundation (yes, Hungariam) plans to create a foundation “of significant financial proportion” which will provide perpetual funding to support Hungarian cultural activities in Canada. “Extra Hungariam non est vita,” in Latin, means “there is no life outside Hungary.” (You may find the foundation’s […]

by · October 4, 2014 · Diaspora
Fruzsina Pregitzer

The Los Angeles United Hungarian House and Fruzsina Pregitzer

Thanks for Mr. Pereházy’s prompt and courteous response to my article that he posted on his Facebook site. (You may read his note here.) From his response I gather that Mr. Pereházy has no intention of cancelling Ms. Pregitzer’s show. At the same time he assured us that the planned Sept 27 event won’t contain objectionable text. I assume that […]

by · September 20, 2014 · Diaspora
Miklós Pereházy

Distasteful anti-Semitic provocation at the Los Angeles Hungarian House

Miklós Pereházy is the president of the Los Angeles based United Hungarian House. His center promotes Hungarian culture, language and tradition. Mr. Pereházy – an immigrant himself – is doing a good job, and recently he was reelected. He frequently invites performers, musicians, and actors from Hungary. The center organizes various events and occasionally serves tasty dinners for the patrons. […]

by · September 16, 2014 · Diaspora