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Vlasta Burian’s Hungarian (sounding) speech

Vlasta Burian’s Hungarian (sounding) speech

The Czech comedian, Vlasta Burian was born in 1891 in Reichenberg, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (today Liberec, Czech Republic) as Josef Vlastimil Burian. He was funny as a child, a born entertainer, and later became a popular comedian in the newly formed Czechoslovakia. In 1925 he opened his theatre in Prague and started to make movies. The Undertaker and The Inspector General […]

by · February 23, 2019 · Culture
Alberta’s Wirth Institute in solidarity with Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Alberta’s Wirth Institute in solidarity with Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Colleagues and friends of the Wirth Institute at the University of Alberta strongly support the Hungarian Academy of Sciences! To show their solidarity, members of the Institute in western Canada join the live chain demonstration at the Academy building in Budapest with books published by “Akadémiai Kiadó” from the University of Alberta Libraries. Students, teachers, researchers and people of all […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Culture
The story of the Hungarian vineyards in Tallapoosa, Georgia

The story of the Hungarian vineyards in Tallapoosa, Georgia

Ralph Spencer was born in 1859 in Connecticut and became a businessman with interests in retail and oil. He is known as the chief developer of a small town in the State of Georgia called Tallapoosa. Most of Spencer’s businesses failed and his creditors often questioned his honesty. Some even considered him a swindler but he was never successfully prosecuted. […]

by · February 1, 2019 · Culture
General Gusztáv Jány

General Gusztáv Jány – World War II war criminal, butcher of his own soldiers

In January 1943 the poorly equipped 2nd Hungarian Army was destroyed by the Soviet Red Army near the Don River.  In the senseless battle tens of thousands of Hungarians froze to death.  Some say that 93,500 lives were lost in less than two weeks, while others put the number at 148,000. The Horthy government covered up the disaster and falsified […]

by · January 21, 2019 · Culture
The happy couple

The Vandersloot-Quigley marriage is illegal in Hungary

Two woman got married in Seattle last December just before New Year’s Eve. Basketball players Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony. Both woman are well known in Hungary. They are star players, both Hungarian citizens who have represented Hungary in several tournaments. Thousands congratulated them on their marriage; with well wishes from fans and sport […]

by · January 11, 2019 · Culture
Fr. Mihály Kardos. Photo: hvg.hu

A Hungarian Catholic priest who lives with the homeless

Father Mihály Kardos has spent the last four years of his life in a medical facility for the homeless in Szeged run by the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. With both of Fr. Kardos’ legs amputated, the elderly priest needs assisted living and care. Four years ago, he was given the option of living in a much […]

by · December 26, 2018 · Culture
Christmas reflections

Christmas reflections

For the past several months, despite continuing to edit this journal, I try to keep to the principle of moderation when it comes to Hungarian politics and political news emanating from Budapest. I do that by actively tuning out for at least part of each weekend. For one, I am reading many more books than before (primarily literary fiction) and […]

by · December 23, 2018 · Culture
Cover design by Daniella Postavsky (Iguana Books)

I Have Demons — When the editor of HFP writes a book

Before I got involved with current events in Hungary, I wrote fiction and occasionally poetry. I began my post-secondary education as an undergraduate student in English literature, immersed mostly in Canadian and British literary fiction. Some fifteen years later and after writing more than one thousand articles on current affairs in my two online publications, I felt that it was […]

by · November 21, 2018 · Culture
The Real Las Vegas

The Real Las Vegas

Balázs Éry is a Hungarian musician, songwriter and a contributor to our sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. He wrote a Hungarian-language piece for KMH on his recent experiences in Las Vegas and submitted an English version for publication in the Hungarian Free Press. * During those few days which I spent in Robert Goulet‘s villa in Nevada – enjoying […]

by · October 24, 2018 · Culture
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