Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

Dániel Deák: Declaration of Protest and Appeal against attack on CEU

Dániel Deák: Declaration of Protest and Appeal against attack on CEU

By amending the Higher Education Act (through bill No. T/14686), the Hungarian government attacks the “Central European University“ on three points at least: – CEU is not substantiated by an international treaty, as required by the new law, since the basis of its foundation was not a special agreement made with the Hungarian government, but simply the possibility arising from […]

by · March 30, 2017 · Politics
Karl Pfeifer

The Orbán regime takes Horthy’s Hungary as an example

I have known the dark ages of Hungary. As a child, during World War Two, I experienced first-hand Hungarian ultra-nationalism and anti-Semitism. I managed to avoid deportation and murder in Auschwitz by fleeing to Palestine in 1943, along with 49 other Jewish children. Decades later, I returned to Hungary during the years of Communism. As a journalist writing for major […]

by · March 22, 2017 · Antisemitism
Kossuth bust at the Rotunda of the US Capitol building in Washington DC.

150 Years of Influence of Louis Kossuth, Governor-President of Hungary

March 15th is a Hungarian National Holiday. It commemorates the Revolution of 1848 led by Louis (Lajos) Kossuth, which grew into a war of independence against Habsburg rule. We commemorate this National Holiday with the 2002 speech of Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Géza Jeszenszky. It was included in the Congressional Record by Congressman Tom Lantos. Lantos wrote: “Since […]

by · March 15, 2017 · Focus
Robert Pittenger (R-North Carolina)

Response to HFP: Congressman not aware that Hungarian participant in Security Forum had pro-Iranian and neo-Nazi connections

U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Communications Director reponded to a query by HFP’s György Lázár, in connection to two articles that appeared on our site about Sebastian Gorka’s ties to the far-right in Hungary and the participation of Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi at an Intelligence, Terrorism and Cyber Security Forum organized by the Congressman. We received the following response. * Good afternoon, […]

by · March 4, 2017 · Politics
Viktor Orbán and Joschka Fischer in 1999.

A fascism of the affluent

Editor’s note: Joschka Fischer was Germany’s foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005. This article was published about a year ago by Project Syndicate/Institute for Human Sciences. Fischer’s parents were ethnic Germans from Hungary; his father a butcher in the town of Budakeszi, just outside Budapest. The family was expelled from Hungary after World War II and Joschka […]

by · February 25, 2017 · Politics
A note on the hacking attack against HFP and pro-Fidesz trolls

A note on the hacking attack against HFP and pro-Fidesz trolls

A number of readers noticed Sunday evening that HFP had been hacked on two separate occasions. In both cases, György Lázár’s most recent article on opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin among some Hungarians was deleted and replaced with a note from a hacker, using a pseudonym which I will not repeat here, so as to not give him/her added […]

by · February 6, 2017 · Focus
Hévíz Canal in January. Photo: György Varga.

Unusually frigid temperatures in Hungary — Some mesmerising photos of the Héviz Canal

Frigid winter temperatures–a rarity in Hungary–settled over much of the Carpathian Basin on Thursday and have not budged. On early Sunday morning, temperatures in parts of Pest county dropped to -28 °C, while those arriving to the Hungarian capital were greeted by a chilly -18.6 °C at Liszt Ferenc International Airport. It hasn’t been this cold in Budapest since 1985. The Hungarian Meteorological […]

by · January 8, 2017 · Culture
Palladio Orchestra. Photo: Beatrix Gergely.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with Hungary’s Palladio Orchestra

Budapest-based photographer Beatrix Gergely had the chance to photograph a unique concert held at the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena on December 28th, 2016. The concert featured the Palladio Orchestra–one hundred guitars on stage playing an eclectic range of music, including the works of Beethoven, all the way to theme songs from major films and even music from Queen.  The […]

by · December 31, 2016 · Culture
Michael Aarenau. Photo: Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.

A short reflection on “Jewish victimhood” and Canadian university life

Ottawa-based columnist Michael Aarenau published an op-ed piece in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin biweekly newspaper entitled “Campus Life: Bonding over Jewish victimhood” on November 9, 2016 in which he wrote: “Many of us seem to view any and all demonstrations against Israel as anti-Semitic. While there’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of the criticism against Israel is rooted […]

by · December 1, 2016 · Antisemitism
Invitation: International Day Festival at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa

Invitation: International Day Festival at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa

Hungarian, British, Filipino, Jamaican, German, Slovak, Indo-Caribbean, Syrian and Muslim–these are some of the peoples and cultures that you can explore on November 26th, 2016, at the International Day Festival hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish. The Roman Catholic community is celebrating its 160th anniversary this fall and while it was originally built on parishioners of primarily Irish and French background, […]

by · November 21, 2016 · Culture