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The remains of the Békevár Hungarian settlement (Saskatchewan)

Are there really 348,000 Hungarians in Canada?

Statistics Canada released numbers pertaining to ethnicity and immigration from the 2016 census this week, including revealing data on the number of Canadians who listed Hungarian as their sole ethno-cultural background, or one of several. There is one number, which can be misleading and is often used to justify the Hungarian government’s significant public spending in Hungarian-Canadian communities. This includes […]

by · October 27, 2017 · Diaspora
Armenian community protest in California,

Armenian community protests Lajos Kósa’s visit in Los Angeles

Lajos Kósa, the Orbán government’s Minister in charge of the Modern Cities Program, gave a speech on the evening of October 22 at the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles and the local Armenian community was called to demonstrate in front of the building. The protesters labelled the Orbán government as “morally bankrupt,” adding that it “brings shame to all […]

by · October 26, 2017 · Diaspora
Cover of one of his US recording

Ervin Nyíregyházi – from Hungarian child prodigy to California drifter

We remember Ervin Nyíregyházi, the Hungarian-American pianist and composer. Considered a “lost genius” as he is one of the lesser known or forgotten Hungarian immigrants in North America. Ervin Nyíregyházi was born in 1903 in Budapest. Ervin tried to sing before he was one year old, sang tunes before he was two and was able to play almost every song […]

by · October 11, 2017 · Diaspora
Horthy apologist Lajos Kósa and his hateful rhetoric is not welcome in California

Horthy apologist Lajos Kósa and his hateful rhetoric is not welcome in California

The Hungarian Reformed Church, San Francisco & Vicinity, and the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles have invited Mr. Lajos Kósa a politician of Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz to be the guest at the upcoming 1956 commemoration. Mr. Kósa has never been invited to North America by a US or Canadian politician, in fact Mr. Kósa has never been invited […]

by · October 6, 2017 · Diaspora
Self portrait of the artist

Emil Bisttram – New Mexico’s Hungarian-American painter

In this piece we remember Emil Bisttram, a famed Hungarian-American painter, as one in a series of articles where we introduce lesser known or forgotten Hungarian immigrants of North America. In 1975, Emil Bisttram’s birthday, April 7, was declared “Emil Bisttram Day,” in the State of New Mexico. Very little is known about Bisttram in Hungary, yet the influential US […]

by · October 3, 2017 · Diaspora
Oláh accepting the Nobel Prize.

George Oláh (1927-2017)

A Catholic memorial service for George Oláh, Nobel Prize Winning Hungarian-American chemist was held on September 19 at the Fiumei Road Cemetery. His final wish was to bring his ashes to Budapest and the eulogy was given by Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. I had been in contact with Oláh for a decade or so. To my surprise on […]

by · September 25, 2017 · Diaspora
Thank you!

Thank you!

A month ago, we published a note to our readers about the nearly $5,000 cost associated with maintaining the Hungarian Free Press and its sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. It was so encouraging to see how many of our readers decided to contribute to the preservation of these publications. Over the past month, we have received $4,000 in contributions […]

by · September 13, 2017 · Diaspora
William Charles Morva in 1999

Hungarian citizenship on US death row?

On the evening of July 7 2017, 35-year-old William Charles Morva was executed by lethal injection in the State of Virginia. Although Morva was a Hungarian citizen and the Hungarian Embassy asked for clemency, Virginia’s Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe did not spare his life. Morva’s lawyers claimed that he was delusional when he killed two men during a prison escape […]

by · September 12, 2017 · Diaspora
Colonel Ferenc Koszorús.

Response to the Open Letter of the American Hungarian Federation about Colonel Ferenc Koszorús

An open letter was published on the website of the American Hungarian Federation addressed to me. (Read here.) The letter questions my comment related to Colonel Ferenc Koszorús in the August 24 article, “Hungary’s Ambassador blames Obama’s influence on State Department for poor relations.” According to the American Hungarian Federation’s website Colonel Koszorús is a Hungarian Hero of the Holocaust […]

by · September 11, 2017 · Diaspora
The stone church in the former Hungarian settlement of Kaposvar, SK, now part of the town of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The church is a pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics.

The Hungarian language in Canada, according to the 2016 Census

The language statistics of the 2016 Census were in the news a few weeks ago, after an error by Statistics Canada showed an unexpected increase in the number of English-speakers in the French-majority province of Québec. Before the error was discovered, the reported growth of the English community sparked the usual nationalist consternation among some Québec politicians about the “threat” […]

by · September 7, 2017 · Diaspora