Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

Visiting the Spirit Lake Cemetery in 2008.

A petition to save the Spirit Lake internee cemetery in Québec

Some of our readers will know that between 1914 and 1920, Canada interned 8,579 innocent men, women and children as “enemy aliens.” Most of these internees were from the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and were primarily ethnic Ukrainians. Activists and organizations from Canada’s Ukrainian community fought diligently to have the federal government acknowledge this dark chapter in the country’s history. […]

by · April 18, 2018 · Culture
Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

In 2015, I penned an editorial in The New York Times warning against the growing influence in Europe of Hungary’s right wing prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Last Sunday Orbán was re-elected for a third consecutive term. His hold on power is more entrenched than ever, and his xenophobic, nationalist platform continues to spread beyond Hungarian borders. As U.S. Ambassador to […]

by · April 14, 2018 · Focus
Eniola Ajayi, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with Hungarian President, János Áder

Ambassador protests Hungarian claim of 100 million Nigerians with AIDS

The Hungarian election campaign has been centered on a level of fear never before seen in post-1989 Hungary, with the Orbán regime announcing that a win by the opposition would mean an end to the country as we know it. One of the regime’s outlandish claims, however, resulted in a letter of protest from an ambassador. We are sharing this […]

by · April 6, 2018 · Politics
Love those whom society disdains — An Easter message

Love those whom society disdains — An Easter message

Joe Gunn is the Executive Director of a Christian faith-based public policy organization in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, called Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). His group’s advocacy work in democratic reform, anti-poverty initiatives, refugee rights and ecological justice are initiatives valued by HFP, as well as by many civil society organizations in Hungary–though admittedly, in the Hungarian context the faith-based […]

by · March 31, 2018 · Focus
Arthur Schwartz today, age 94.

A Hungarian Canadian’s story of liberation on Passover

My father, Arthur Schwartz, arrived in Canada 70 years ago as one of the 1,123 Jewish orphans that Canada admitted after the Holocaust. Born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, in 1923, he grew up in an Orthodox Jewish working-class family. In 1938, Kosice was annexed to Hungary. Hungarian Jews were subjected to persecution and anti-Semitic laws such as work restrictions and the […]

by · March 30, 2018 · Diaspora
One of many fast food restaurants run by immigrants in Budapest.

Arabs, Afghans, Blacks and others in Hungary

While the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of Hungary strongly oppose the European Union to settle thousands of migrants from the third world, quite a few Arab, Afghan and Black African people live continually or settled permanently in Hungary. How do they feel like in our country, how do they see us, and what they think about the migration crisis? […]

by · December 24, 2017 · Focus
The Jobbik Manifesto for Hungarian democracy

The Jobbik Manifesto for Hungarian democracy

Jobbik, a party that not too long ago dismissed warnings from liberal or left-leaning parties and intellectuals about the demise of democracy in Hungary as mere “anti-Hungarian” propaganda, is now facing its own possible quietus at the hands of Viktor Orbán’s System of National Cooperation. Jobbik issued the statement below, in English, hoping for the solidarity of the international community as […]

by · December 8, 2017 · Politics
Pelényi in Washington.

John (János) Pelényi – Horthy’s Ambassador who defected to the United States

As part of our series on lesser known or forgotten immigrants in North America from Hungary we remember John (János) Pelényi, Horthy’s Ambassador who defected to the United States in 1940. On December 5, 1940, Hungary fired 55-year-old ambassador to Washington, Mr. János Pelényi, after he abandoned the embassy in Washington DC and asked for asylum in the United States.  A […]

by · November 27, 2017 · Diaspora
Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

This three-day conference (October 21-23, 2017) explores Canada’s involvement in the central issue of our time: the global search by refugees for a safe home in light of this country’s history of immigration and nation-building. Recognizing Canada’s 150th celebrations and also the 60th anniversary of the arrival and settlement of 38,000 Hungarian refugees during 1957, this conference uses their example […]

by · October 16, 2017 · Culture
Residents of Őcsény attending a celebration in traditional clothing. Photo: ocseny.hu

Maybe next time Orbán will send a few refugees to Őcsény to see what happens

They rape, they infect, they break laws, they take away our jobs and they occupy. No, this time we are not quoting the government’s propaganda. Instead, we are quoting directly the residents of Őcsény; those residents who were unified in their rage by the fact that a local guesthouse owner planned to house, for a couple of days, refugees–women and […]

by · October 1, 2017 · Politics