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Judit Petényi

Ottawa’s Hungarian radio broadcast goes silent after 13 years

CHIN Radio’s weekly Hungarian-language program had its final broadcast on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. The radio show has been a staple of the multicultural radio station’s programming for more than 13 years and was among the first multilingual broadcasts after CHIN FM 97.9 received its license to operate in Ottawa in late 2001. The weekly “Hungarian hour,” initially broadcast at […]

by · June 5, 2017 · Diaspora
Stephen Gergatz

Hungarian Consul acquitted

Stephen Gergatz, ex-honorary Hungarian Consul in New Orleans and Sarasota, made news in Hungary and abroad earlier this year, when he was arrested on Casperson Beach, in Florida. This month, Mr. Gergatz was acquitted on all charges, yet Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to distance itself from the former honorary consul, who was asked to resign following the incident. […]

by · May 31, 2017 · Diaspora
May Day – International Worker’s Day

May Day – International Worker’s Day

Millions of people across the world participate in demonstrations to mark May 1, the International Workers’ Day. It is estimated that 80 thousand Hungarian immigrants arrived to Canada in the last century. The number of Hungarian immigrants to the US was higher, several hundred thousand Hungarians ended up in the United States. They escaped Hungary’s oppression, poverty, the lack of […]

by · May 1, 2017 · 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