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Mr. Pereházy (left), Consul General Széles (right) with Mr. Lajos Kósa, Hungarian minister without portfolio (middle) at the Los Angeles United Magyar House in 2017.

Hungarian Americans at war in Los Angeles

Hungarian Americans in Los Angeles won’t celebrate together this March 15th. Hungary’s most important National Holiday commemorates the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 that grew into a war for independence from the Catholic Habsburg rule. Instead there will be two commemorations at different locations on the same day, at almost the same time. The “official” event is sponsored by the Hungarian […]

by · March 8, 2019 · Diaspora
Two thousand Hungarian books were tossed into this container at the Foyer Hongrois in Montreal, before being taken away to be destroyed. The Foyer has eliminated its entire library.

Two thousand Hungarian books destroyed in Montreal — Foyer Hongrois library eliminated

The Foyer Hongrois, a publicly-funded Hungarian retirement home in Montreal, decided to eliminate its entire library, citing a lack of space in the facility and low circulation figures. Sparking significant dismay among local Hungarians, the Board of Directors decided unilaterally to dispose of more than 2,000 Hungarian-language books. A large dumpster was parked at the side entrance of the residence […]

by · February 2, 2019 · Diaspora
Magyar Bank’s management at the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Magyar Bank – New Brunswick, New Jersey

I was intrigued by the fact that there is a small bank in New Brunswick, New Jersey called Magyar Bank. Americans and Canadians are always surprised to learn that Hungary’s name (in Hungarian) is Magyarország, the land of the Magyars. Magyar Bank has an interesting history. Originally it was founded in 1922 as the Magyar Building and Loan Association by […]

by · November 10, 2018 · Diaspora
Ex-Congressman Ernie Könnyű’s xenophobic speech at the San Francisco 56 commemoration

Ex-Congressman Ernie Könnyű’s xenophobic speech at the San Francisco 56 commemoration

81-year-old Ernie Könnyű, who is a former member of the U.S. Congress, has been the keynote speaker at San Francisco 1956 commemoration events since 1987. He is now retiring and his farewell speech was delivered on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the State Office Building on Van Ness Blvd., San Francisco, California. After the full text of […]

by · November 6, 2018 · Diaspora
Mr. Gergely Gulyás, minister leading the Prime Minister's Office (left) visiting Rep. Andy Harris

Rep. Andy Harris’s unexplained “Gulag story”

The Maryland Democratic Party recently filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), accusing him of failing to report his new wife’s consulting income on his financial disclosure forms. It seems that Rep. Harris may have forgotten to disclose other things also, among them important facts about his family history. In 2012 while honoring Hungarian Holocaust hero Raoul […]

by · October 19, 2018 · Diaspora
I’m the Wife of a Hungarian Immigrant. This is My Story.

I’m the Wife of a Hungarian Immigrant. This is My Story.

Over the weekend, I celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary. Actually, I celebrated my 6th and 7th wedding anniversaries. You see, the first time I married my husband, it was at the Davidson County Clerk’s office, just over 9 months to the day that I met him. The second time I married him, it was exactly one year later. It was […]

by · October 18, 2018 · Diaspora
Amb. Szöllősi (far left), Amb. Ódor (far right), Consul General Palkovits (second from right) at Árpád Kupa, Toronto.

Soccer tournament highjacked by Orbán government politicians in Toronto

In the last couple of months Budapest has increased its lobby activities in North America and now not even a friendly soccer tournament is spared. This year’s Árpád Kupa in Toronto became a political propaganda show. Soccer is Hungary’s national pastime and many emigrants continue to play the game. There are Hungarian teams in several cities throughout Canada and the […]

by · October 4, 2018 · Diaspora
Why marry a Hungarian woman?

Why marry a Hungarian woman?

Bocskai Radio declares itself the “Voice of Hungary,” at station WJCU in Cleveland, Ohio. It operates on the campus of John Carroll University, a small Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition. Bocskai Radio’s weekend Hungarian language program can be heard everywhere in Cuyahoga County, an area with one of the highest concentrations of Hungarian Americans in the US. Bocskai Radio […]

by · September 26, 2018 · Diaspora
National Holiday is celebrated with a Catholic Mass in Washington DC

National Holiday is celebrated with a Catholic Mass in Washington DC

I wrote last year about the importance of August 20th, Hungary’s National Holiday which is celebrated by Hungarians all over the world. (Read here.) August 20th is St. Stephen’s Day, when we remember Stephen I, the founder and first king of Hungary who ruled 1000-1038 and was canonized on August 20, 1083 by Pope Gregory VII. It has become an […]

by · August 24, 2018 · Diaspora
Hungary’s Consul General in Los Angeles, Mr. Tamás Széles.

Hungarian diplomats curtail free speech in North America

Hungarian diplomats in both Canada and the United States have engaged in a concerted effort to silence Hungarian Canadians and Hungarian Americans critical of the Orbán government and to have them removed from local Hungarian communities or ensure that they are otherwise isolated. The most recent incident comes from Los Angeles, where Hungary’s Consul General, Tamás Széles, demanded that the […]

by · August 17, 2018 · Diaspora