Diaspora

CHEF Board members: Christopher Adam, Kevin Burns, Catherine Bélanger, Mark Curfoot-Mollington.

Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation explores fall programs

The Ottawa-based Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation’s board held its autumn planning meeting on September 9th, 2014 to review some of its work over the past year and to chart a direction moving forward. Now in its ninth year of existence, there was agreement that scholarship and internship programs should continue to form an important part of CHEF’s work, especially building on […]

by · September 25, 2014 · Diaspora
Miklós Pereházy

Los Angeles Hungarian House: Rejecting antisemitism is a priority

Since 2003, I have served as president of the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles, an organization which is not only not antisemitic, but is ultimately a non-political and secular institution. Growing up as a child, we didn’t ask our classmates about one another’s religion (especially considering that few people practiced religious faith at that time), but rather we asked […]

by · September 20, 2014 · Diaspora
Fruzsina Pregitzer

The Los Angeles United Hungarian House and Fruzsina Pregitzer

Thanks for Mr. Pereházy’s prompt and courteous response to my article that he posted on his Facebook site. (You may read his note here.) From his response I gather that Mr. Pereházy has no intention of cancelling Ms. Pregitzer’s show. At the same time he assured us that the planned Sept 27 event won’t contain objectionable text. I assume that […]

by · September 20, 2014 · Diaspora
Miklós Pereházy

Distasteful anti-Semitic provocation at the Los Angeles Hungarian House

Miklós Pereházy is the president of the Los Angeles based United Hungarian House. His center promotes Hungarian culture, language and tradition. Mr. Pereházy – an immigrant himself – is doing a good job, and recently he was reelected. He frequently invites performers, musicians, and actors from Hungary. The center organizes various events and occasionally serves tasty dinners for the patrons. […]

by · September 16, 2014 · Diaspora
Fr. Szabolcs Licskó and Júlia Ciamarra

Montreal Hungarian community remembers victims of internment

On August 22nd, 2014, one hundred plaques commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the internment of Eastern Europeans by Canadian authorities between 1914 and 1920 were unveiled in communities across the country. Our Lady of Hungary Parish in Montreal unveiled one such plaque, remembering the victims of wartime xenophobia, some of whom were of Hungarian origin. Among those present were […]

by · August 26, 2014 · Diaspora
A plaque placed in Montreal recalls victims of Canada's first national internment operations. Photo: C. Adam.

Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter Welcomes Canadian Government’s Decision to Acknowledge Historical Injustice

The Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter welcomes the Government of Canada’s statement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the country’s first national internment operations between 1914 and 1920, in which more than 8,600 innocent men, women and children from the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and elsewhere in Eastern Europe were unjustly interned as “enemy aliens” in 24 internment […]

by · August 25, 2014 · Diaspora
Stephen Harper (Photo: PMO).

Statement by Prime Minister Harper in remembrance of interned Eastern Europeans

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement in remembrance of thousands of Eastern Europeans interned during Canada’s first national internment operations, between 1914 and 1920:“A century ago, as a result of fear generated by the onset of the First World War, thousands of new immigrants of European origin were interned during the First World War even though there was […]

by · August 25, 2014 · Diaspora
Bálint Ódor appointed as Hungary's new ambassador to Canada.

Bálint Ódor becomes Hungary’s ambassador to Canada

Bálint Ódor, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ deputy state secretary in charge of European Union matters, has been appointed Hungary’s new ambassador to Canada. He takes over the embassy in Ottawa from László Pordány, whose term as ambassador has been brought to an end effective August 15th, 2014. Mr. Pordány leaves behind him a politically charged embassy and a […]

by · August 7, 2014 · Diaspora
Victor Ponta speaks before the Szekler and Hungarian flags in Nyergestető, Hargita county. Photo: Levente Vargyasi.

Romanian PM Victor Ponta speaks in Hungarian at commemoration

On Sunday, Romania’s Prime Minister, the 41 year old Victor Ponta, addressed about 200 people in Nyergestető (Piatra Niergeș), Hargita in Hungarian, during a commemoration that recalled the 165th anniversary of a critical battle during the 1848/49 Revolution and War of Independence. Mr. Ponta was invited to the commemoration by Hunor Kelemen, president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania […]

by · August 3, 2014 · Diaspora
Cluj-Napoca/Kolozsvár (Photo: Christopher Adam)

Cluj mayor appeals court ruling on bilingual signs

Emil Boc, mayor of Cluj-Napoca, has appealed a ruling by a county court that would pave the way for bilingual, Romanian-Hungarian, street signs. The court’s ruling would make it possible to include Kolozsvár, the Hungarian version of Cluj, on signs, even though the city’s Hungarian population no longer exceeds the 20% threshold normally required to implement bilingual signage in Romania’s municipalities. […]

by · July 28, 2014 · Diaspora