Articles by: György Lázár

Count János Esterházy

Slovakia’s Ambassador to the US responds to concern about Esterházy commemoration

János Esterházy (1901-1957) was an ethnic Hungarian Slovak politician, a devout Catholic and member of the pro-Hitler Slovak Tiso parliament during World Wat II. Jozef Tiso, a Catholic priest and leader of Slovakia was convicted as a World War II criminal and hanged in 1947. Esterházy enthusiastically supported Hitler, Mussolini and pro-Hitler Miklós Horthy, Hungary’s ruler. After WWII he was […]

by · September 16, 2017 · Antisemitism
William Charles Morva in 1999

Hungarian citizenship on US death row?

On the evening of July 7 2017, 35-year-old William Charles Morva was executed by lethal injection in the State of Virginia. Although Morva was a Hungarian citizen and the Hungarian Embassy asked for clemency, Virginia’s Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe did not spare his life. Morva’s lawyers claimed that he was delusional when he killed two men during a prison escape […]

by · September 12, 2017 · Diaspora
Colonel Ferenc Koszorús.

Response to the Open Letter of the American Hungarian Federation about Colonel Ferenc Koszorús

An open letter was published on the website of the American Hungarian Federation addressed to me. (Read here.) The letter questions my comment related to Colonel Ferenc Koszorús in the August 24 article, “Hungary’s Ambassador blames Obama’s influence on State Department for poor relations.” According to the American Hungarian Federation’s website Colonel Koszorús is a Hungarian Hero of the Holocaust […]

by · September 11, 2017 · Diaspora
Hungary’s Deputy Prime Miniszter Mr. Zsolt Semjén (left), Mr. Dzsingisz Gabor wearing the Commander’s Cross (right).

D. J. Gabor – Dutch politician is proud to be honored by the Orbán government

The Hungarian government recently recalled its ambassador to the Netherlands after the Dutch Ambassador to Hungary, Gajus Scheltema, drew parallels between the government’s efforts to “create enemies” and those of the Islamic State group.  In an interview Scheltema also criticized Hungary’s treatment of asylum-seekers and the government’s campaign against philanthropist George Soros. Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders distanced himself from his […]

by · September 5, 2017 · Politics
Madame Horthy inaugurates the ship, Hitler is watching far left.

Prinz Eugen, Madame Horthy and scuba diving in the Pacific

On June 21, 2017, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the Hungarian nation was able to survive in the 1920s and 1930s due to “some exceptional statesmen like Regent Miklós Horthy.” Never before did the Hungarian Prime Minister identify pro-Hitler Horthy, who served as Hungarian head of state from 1920 to 1944, as an “exceptional statesman.” The attempt to […]

by · September 3, 2017 · Focus
Putin is admired by Hungary's current leaders.

Is Hungary already in the Russian sphere of influence?

On August 28, at the invitation of Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin will visit Budapest to take part in the opening ceremony of the World Judo Championships. Bilateral meetings are also planned and the University of Debrecen will award Mr. Putin the title “Civis Honoris Causa” – Honorary Citizen of the University in […]

by · August 28, 2017 · East
The Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra of Szentegyháza at Niagara Falls.

Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra of Szentegyháza promotes multiculturalism in Canada

Fili is the nickname of the Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra from Szentegyháza (Transylvania, Romania). The orchestra and choir recently toured Canada to honor the country’s 150th anniversary visiting seven cities and giving 11 concerts. The musical group was founded 35 years ago in the ethnic Hungarian-speaking community and gained fame under the direction of Sándor Haáz. In the last decades the […]

by · August 26, 2017 · Culture
Ambassador László Szabó

Hungary’s Ambassador blames Obama’s influence on State Department for poor relations

The newly appointed Hungarian Ambassador, László Szabó, has put the blame squarely on the US State Department for the poor relations between the two countries. According to Ambassador Szabó the State Department has a major problem: “The vast majority of the staff members of the US State Department, where tens of thousands of people work, still have ties to the […]

by · August 23, 2017 · Politics
The celebration of new bread in Hungary...

What do Hungarians celebrate on August 20th?

August 20th is Hungary’s national holiday and most Hungarians agree that it is an important one. When a reporter asked people on the street in Budapest what this holiday signifies to them, most of them had to think twice. People are not sure what this holiday actually stands for. This is not surprising considering that even in my lifetime the […]

by · August 20, 2017 · Culture
Abádszalók clothespin monument.

Hungary’s clothespin statue at Abádszalók

This is admittedly a lighter story, fitting perhaps for an August weekend. Hungarians celebrate St. Stephen’s Day on Sunday, and the founding of the first Hungarian state. Many Hungarians have turned this into a long weekend and are relaxing on the shores of Lake Balaton. Here’s a story that binds two countries and two communities–literally. And it all focuses on […]

by · August 18, 2017 · Culture