Articles by: György Lázár

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CEU building receives architecture prize; university might be forced to move

The highly regarded Central European University (CEU) recently completed a new building in downtown Budapest which was named among the four finalists in the Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize, an award honoring the world’s best new buildings. The new structure is considered “a triumph of contextual architecture — a mixture of new and refurbished structures that delicately nod […]

by · October 25, 2018 · Politics
Eleanor Roosevelt and the refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Eleanor Roosevelt and the refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

On October 23, Hungarians commemorate the Revolution of 1956. The uprising was an unplanned nationwide upheaval against the harsh Stalinist government of the People’s Republic of Hungary. It lasted from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Over 2,500 Hungarian citizens and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the hostilities and close to 200,000 Hungarians fled as refugees. About half of […]

by · October 23, 2018 · Focus
Mr. Gergely Gulyás, minister leading the Prime Minister's Office (left) visiting Rep. Andy Harris

Rep. Andy Harris’s unexplained “Gulag story”

The Maryland Democratic Party recently filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), accusing him of failing to report his new wife’s consulting income on his financial disclosure forms. It seems that Rep. Harris may have forgotten to disclose other things also, among them important facts about his family history. In 2012 while honoring Hungarian Holocaust hero Raoul […]

by · October 19, 2018 · Diaspora
Neo-Nazi poster from a California University campus with Soros and Jewish American politicians opposing the Kavanaugh nomination.

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories from Hungary have now arrived in the US

The US media was somewhat puzzled when the Orbán government chose George Soros as their favorite enemy and thousands of anti-Soros posters covered Budapest. Many in the US didn’t know much about the Hungarian-born New York billionaire and Holocaust survivor. Surreal pictures of Budapest streets and metro stations plastered with Soros posters, some scribbled with “Dirty Jew,” spread in the […]

by · October 13, 2018 · Antisemitism
Execution of the Martyrs of Arad – painting by János Thorma.

Multiculturalism and the execution of the Martyrs of Arad

On October 6 Hungary commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Hungarian rebel generals after the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. In 1849 on this very day Julius Jacob von Haynau, Austrian general ordered the execution of 13 military leaders of the failed Hungarian Revolution and War for Independence. The executions took place in the city of […]

by · October 8, 2018 · Culture
Amb. Szöllősi (far left), Amb. Ódor (far right), Consul General Palkovits (second from right) at Árpád Kupa, Toronto.

Soccer tournament highjacked by Orbán government politicians in Toronto

In the last couple of months Budapest has increased its lobby activities in North America and now not even a friendly soccer tournament is spared. This year’s Árpád Kupa in Toronto became a political propaganda show. Soccer is Hungary’s national pastime and many emigrants continue to play the game. There are Hungarian teams in several cities throughout Canada and the […]

by · October 4, 2018 · Diaspora
The shameful Hungarian occupation of Denmark

The shameful Hungarian occupation of Denmark

Hungarian troops in Denmark? In 1945 Hungary’s generals and officers continued to fight alongside the Nazis serving the Third Reich even after the war had ended in Hungary. The occupation of Denmark was one of the most disturbing adventures of Hungary’s pro-Hitler army. In February 1945 Budapest was already free. The Red Army controlled eastern Hungary and Budapest; American and […]

by · September 30, 2018 · Focus
Why marry a Hungarian woman?

Why marry a Hungarian woman?

Bocskai Radio declares itself the “Voice of Hungary,” at station WJCU in Cleveland, Ohio. It operates on the campus of John Carroll University, a small Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition. Bocskai Radio’s weekend Hungarian language program can be heard everywhere in Cuyahoga County, an area with one of the highest concentrations of Hungarian Americans in the US. Bocskai Radio […]

by · September 26, 2018 · Diaspora
Poster of the event in Los Angeles.

Katalin Novák – homophobe State Secretary for Family will speak in California

Ms. Katalin Novák is 40 years old, a mother of three and Hungary’s State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs. She is coming to Los Angeles to give a talk entitled; “Family, Country, Growth” and the trip is sponsored by the Hungarian Cultural Alliance of Los Angeles and two local Hungarian Scout groups. Why would a non-profit cultural association sponsor […]

by · September 21, 2018 · Politics
Statue of the Galley Slaves in Debrecen.

The story of the Debrecen galley slaves

I grew up in the Hungarian city of Debrecen, about 150 miles east of the capital Budapest, near the Romanian border. Every day going to school I walked past the Statue of the Galley Slaves erected in the garden behind the Great Reformed Church. To be frank, I didn’t know the story of the column which was commissioned over a […]

by · September 18, 2018 · Culture