Diaspora

Rozika (Rózsika) Schwimmer

On International Women’s Day we remember Rozika (Rózsika) Schwimmer

Rózsika Schwimmer was a Hungarian-American feminist, journalist, politician and relentless fighter for woman’s rights in Hungary and the United States. Born in 1877 in Budapest and trained as a bookkeeper, Schwimmer was an occasional journalist for various papers such as Pester Lloyd. She got involved with the Hungarian union movement and became the leader of the National Association for Women […]

by · March 8, 2017 · Diaspora
Edie Adams and her husband Ernie Kovacs.

Ernie Kovacs – the Hungarian-American comic genius

I just recently discovered how little is known in Hungary about Ernie Kovacs, the American comedic genius. This wildly popular American star spoke pretty good Hungarian and died tragically at the height of his career in 1962. Ernie Kovacs was born in a Catholic family in 1919 in Trenton, New Jersey. His father Andrew (András) was 13 years old when […]

by · February 11, 2017 · Diaspora
Béla Lipták, founder of the Hungarian Lobby demonstrated against Putin in New York.

Hungarians in North America condemn Putin’s visit to Budapest

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his delegation arrived to Budapest on one of three identical planes, which left from separate locations at separate times. Putin’s Iljushin-96 presidential aircraft was escorted by Hungarian fighter planes in Hungary’s airspace – truly a presidential welcome. The security measures were extremely tight, almost unprecedented. Budapest’s streets were empty, police lined the intersections. No anti-Putin […]

by · February 4, 2017 · Diaspora
Zsa Zsa at the the Las Vegas Riviera - 1956 October

Letter to the Editor – Zsa Zsa, the honorary freedom fighter?

HFP recently published my article about Zsa Zsa entitled Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi exploits Zsa Zsa’s memory for political purposes. In this piece I mentioned that John Gizzi wrote an article (also produced a video interview) claiming that Zsa Zsa was “an opponent of Communist tyranny.” He added that, “Zsa Zsa was always speaking at events for the Hungarian community in […]

by · January 20, 2017 · Diaspora
Prince Frédéric von Anhalt, Zsa Zsa’s ninth husband with his late wife's ashes.

Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi exploits Zsa Zsa’s memory for political purposes

Prince Frédéric von Anhalt, Zsa Zsa’s ninth husband, is upset that he didn’t get to throw a 100th birthday party for his wife; Gábor died two months shy of the birthday. Her husband allegedly wanted to have a bash to sell photos to tabloids and make some cash. Anhalt is 27 years younger than Gábor and admitted that Zsa zsa […]

by · January 3, 2017 · Diaspora
Canadian members of the Diaspora Council with Parliament Speaker, Mr. László Kövér (with mustache back in the middle), next to him Canadian Council co-chairs Ms. Anna Szenthe and Mr. Tibor Ábrahám.

Is the Hungarian Diaspora Council Orbán’s illegal lobby organization in North America?

On November 30, 2016 the Hungarian Diaspora Council will hold its annual meeting in Budapest at the Parliament building with over 100 invitees. The Council will meet with politicians, among them, leaders of Hungary’s neo-Nazi party, Jobbik. Canadian and US citizens of Hungarian origin may end up meeting with neo-Nazis, some of whom have been expelled from North America! (One […]

by · November 17, 2016 · Diaspora
Lavish 1956 Anniversary Gala in Washington DC

Boycott, no-show at US events commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

On October 23 about 300 of us were eagerly waiting for Willie Brown at the Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial Center. The elegant hall has a gorgeous wraparound balcony with a magnificent view of San Francisco City Hall. The bar was packed with California wines, tasty hors d’oeuvres and we were all dressed up to hear Willie, […]

by · November 4, 2016 · Diaspora
Ms. Edith Lauer (Hungarian American Coalition), Mr. János Martonyi and Ms. Katrina Lantos Swett

The loneliness of Katrina Lantos Swett – her friends won’t return their awards

Katrina Lantos Swett, 60, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the mother of seven children. She is also the daughter of the late California Congressman Tom Lantos, a Hungarian native, who was the only Holocaust survivor to be elected to the US Congress. She also served on the United States Commission on International Religious […]

by · September 15, 2016 · Diaspora
András Rékay

St. Stephen’s Day celebration at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California

As always, the 59th San Francisco Hungarian National Day celebrations were held in beautiful Golden Gate Park. My wife and I attend every year. Many of you might be surprised to learn that the weather is quite cold in August in the Bay Area. You need a jacket, may not expect much sun; it is mostly foggy in San Francisco, […]

by · September 10, 2016 · Diaspora
Béla Lipták

Viktor Orbán is not welcome in the US on the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

A small Hungarian-American group has started a letter-writing campaign to convince President Obama to receive Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, at the White House when he comes to Washington in October to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Mr. Orbán has never received an official invitation to the Oval Office and President Obama has voiced serious concerns […]

by · August 31, 2016 · Diaspora