Diaspora

itéz Kulcsár spoke at the Hungary’s Consulate in Toronto in 2016, Ambassador Bálint Ódor (far left) Consul Ms. Stefánia Szabó (behind).

Ervin Kulcsár of the Vitézi Rend delivered a xenophobic speech at HungaroFest in Toronto

I recently wrote about the visit of Mr. Levente Magyar, Hungary’s Deputy Minister and Parliamentary State Secretary to Toronto to attend HungaroFest where Canadian officials inaugurated a plaque to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The event took place on June 1 at Budapest Park in Toronto, and on the podium the Hungarian politician was sitting next to a member of […]

by · June 16, 2019 · Diaspora
Memorial Day in the U.S.

Memorial Day and the Hungarian Americans

This year we observed Memorial Day, a Federal Holiday, on May 27. On this day the United States honors the military personnel who perished while serving in the Armed Forces. Many people visit cemeteries and volunteers place an American flag on each grave in cemeteries. It is not widely known that at least 50,000 Hungarian Americans served in the U.S. […]

by · May 31, 2019 · Diaspora
György Ránki (1907-1992)

Erzsébet and Zsuzsanna Ránki establish the György Ránki Scholarship at Indiana University

Erzsébet and Zsuzsanna Ránki have established the György Ránki Scholarship in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. This gift will provide financial support to scholars specializing in Hungarian Studies, as well as additional support for the György Ránki Hungarian Chair. Professor György Ránki’s work focused on Hungarian and Central […]

by · April 25, 2019 · Diaspora
Magyari-Köpe at the pulpit

Good luck, Rev. Gábor Magyari-Köpe!

I was surprised to learn that after 15 years of service Rev. Gábor Magyari-Köpe has left the Free Magyar Reformed Church of San Francisco and Vicinity. I don’t know the reason for his departure but want to wish him good luck. Magyari-Köpe grew up in an ethnic Hungarian family in Brasov (Brassó in Hungarian), Romania. According to his bio, he […]

by · April 12, 2019 · Diaspora
Hungarian books in Montreal ready for transport to Hungary.

An effort to save Hungarian books in Montreal

In early February, we reported on how 2,000 Hungarian books were thrown out by the Foyer Hongrois retirement home and we shared an image showing a garbage container full of books. We can now report on a more positive development: earlier this month 60 boxes containing some 2,500 Hungarian-language books remaining at the Foyer were packed up and prepared for […]

by · March 23, 2019 · Diaspora
Fr. Deák (1925-2019). I took this photo at Our Lady of Hungary Parish, circa 2006.

Rest in peace, Father Deák!

Father Ferenc Deák (or Deák atya, in Hungarian) died yesterday. He served Our Lady of Hungary Parish in Montreal from 1975 to 2007 and played a truly formative role in the lives of those of us who grew up in the eighties and nineties. He baptised me in 1981, I had my first communion with him in 1988 and then […]

by · March 21, 2019 · Diaspora
Count Michael Károlyi in the United States.

Count Michael Károlyi – Fascismo, The Menace to World Peace

On February 1, 1930 The Harvard Crimson reported: Count Michael Károlyi, first President of Hungary, who is to speak at the Ford Hall Forum tomorrow evening, at 7 o’clock, on “Fascismo–The Menace to World Peace” has, after a four-year period of exclusion, at last been given permission to enter America as an ordinary European visitor with a six months’ visa. […]

by · March 13, 2019 · Diaspora
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