Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

Canadian student asks László Rajk about Népszabadság, authoritarianism and antisemitism in Hungary

Canadian student asks László Rajk about Népszabadság, authoritarianism and antisemitism in Hungary

The Artistic Director of the Oscar-winning Son of Saul, László Rajk, gave an insightful talk at Concordia University in Montreal on November 4th. The event was coordinated by  Professor Emeritus András Göllner, Founder of the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter, with many partners from the university and the local Jewish community. We will publish videos of the well-attended talk itself, which […]

by · November 6, 2016 · Focus
László Rajk

Artistic director of film Son of Saul to speak at Montreal’s Concordia University

László Rajk, the artistic director of the Oscar-winning Hungarian film Son of Saul (2015) is scheduled to give a public lecture entitled Art and the Holocaust: The Making of Son of Saul on November 4th, 2016, at 3:00 PM at Concordia University in Montreal. The event is being presented by a number of local organizations, including the Canadian Hungarian Democratic […]

by · October 27, 2016 · Culture
The first brick that was pushed out of the wall of communism

The first brick that was pushed out of the wall of communism

Hungarian-American filmmaker Klaudia Kovacs, director of Torn From the Flag, writes about the legacy and significance of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in the Hungarian Free Press, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the uprising. * For us to understand the difficulties Hungary has been going through since 1989, first we need to analyze life under Soviet occupation and […]

by · October 23, 2016 · Culture
The Greens - EFA

European Parliament’s Green party in solidarity with Népszabadság, condemns autocracy in Hungary

The Greens – European Free Alliance issued a statement on the demise of media freedom and pluralism in Hungary, after Népszabadság, Hungary’s largest print daily, was shut down last Saturday. The statement, written by MEPs Judith Sargentini and Benedek Jávor, notes that Népszabadság was closed without warning immediately after the paper published a cover page piece on Fidesz corruption, suggesting […]

by · October 13, 2016 · Politics
Stevan Harnad

Scholars resign from Hungarian Academy of Sciences after opposition paper shut down

Professor Stevan Harnad of the Université du Québec à Montréal and a founding member of the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter, resigned as External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia), after Népszabadság, Hungary’s largest opposition daily newspaper, was shut down by the country’s repressive Orbán regime. Professor Harnad’s resignation follows that of the Dr. Thomas Jovin, of Max Planck […]

by · October 10, 2016 · Politics
Ian Bradbury

Meet Ian Bradbury – A talk in Ottawa on international social responsibility and human rights

The Hungarian Forum of Ottawa is organizing an English-language talk with Ian Bradbury on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 6:30 PM on an international social justice initiative called The Stand. Those who follow the news closely in Canada will have come across Mr. Bradbury’s name in the media over the years. In 2015, both the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto […]

by · October 5, 2016 · Culture
Endre Farkas: Never, Again

Endre Farkas: Never, Again

Synopsis Set in post-war Communist Hungary, in the fictional town of Hajdubékes, Never, Again is the story of seven-year-old Tomi Wolfstein, the son of Holocaust survivors who have never told him anything about their past experiences in the concentration camps of World War II. When the story opens, in the fall of 1956, the boy is about to start school. […]

by · October 4, 2016 · Culture
Thank you, Hungary! Migration Aid issues statement as Orbán’s referendum defeated

Thank you, Hungary! Migration Aid issues statement as Orbán’s referendum defeated

Hungary’s Migration Aid, an NGO, which played a critical role in providing food, support and medical care to refugees in Budapest last year, issued the following English-language statement, after polls closed and it becomes increasingly clear that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s  xenophobic anti-migrant referendum is invalid, falling well below the minimum 50% plus 1 participation threshold.  This evening at 19 […]

by · October 2, 2016 · Politics
A sea of Szekler (székely) flags at a protest.

In defence of Transylvania’s Szekler flag – A letter to the editor from the American Hungarian Federation

Mr. György Lázár: Normally we at the American Hungarian Federation would not respond to the kind of posting you made on September 22, “Exploiting the naiveté of Hans Klemm, the US ambassador to Romania,” but we are making an exception in this case since you have gratuitously defamed not only an outstanding career American diplomat but our organization as well. The tactics […]

by · September 28, 2016 · East
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Wiesenthal Center blasts fabricated report of meeting with senior Hungarian officials

Officials of the Hungarian government appear to be in the habit of misrepresenting statements made by foreign partners or entities during visits and discussions. Earlier this month, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) was forced to clarify its position on antisemitism in Hungary, after the organization’s views were misrepresented by the Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. And last year, […]

by · September 27, 2016 · Antisemitism