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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
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