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Letter to the editor: To attribute saving of the Ghetto to Colonel Koszorús is not warranted

Letter to the editor: To attribute saving of the Ghetto to Colonel Koszorús is not warranted

I am neither a writer nor a historian, but in 1944 my father (Kálmán József) was more than an acquaintance of Admiral Horthy and has been a friend of Horthy’s Senior Aide-de-Camp, General Gábor Gerloczy. In November 1944 I was 18 1/2 years old, a labor camp escapee surviving in Budapest in a self designed military uniform and having freed […]

by · September 19, 2017 · Focus
Bálint Magyar at Concordia University: Hungary as a mafia state

Bálint Magyar at Concordia University: Hungary as a mafia state

Bálint Magyar, Hungary’s former Minister of Education and author of the book Post-Communist Mafia State: The Case of Hungary, gave a well-attended talk at Concordia University in Montreal on September 11, 2017. The lecture was hosted by the Department of Political Science and moderated by a familiar voice from HFP, namely Professor András Göllner. The discussion focused on how one might […]

by · September 18, 2017 · Focus
Mr. Orbán and President Aliyev sign a strategic partnership in Budapest in 2014. Photo: MTI.

Hungary appears to have sold Azeri axe murderer for $7 million

Documents uncovered this week suggest that the Orbán government’s motivation for handing back to Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov, the Azeri axe murder convicted of killing an Armenian army lieutenant in Hungary, may have been financial gain. In 2012, Hungary earned global scorn for transferring the murderer to a country where he was welcomed as a hero. Here in Ottawa, Canada, the […]

by · September 6, 2017 · Focus
Madame Horthy inaugurates the ship, Hitler is watching far left.

Prinz Eugen, Madame Horthy and scuba diving in the Pacific

On June 21, 2017, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the Hungarian nation was able to survive in the 1920s and 1930s due to “some exceptional statesmen like Regent Miklós Horthy.” Never before did the Hungarian Prime Minister identify pro-Hitler Horthy, who served as Hungarian head of state from 1920 to 1944, as an “exceptional statesman.” The attempt to […]

by · September 3, 2017 · Focus
Illustration: Tamás Péli

Hungarian Roma refugees in Canada — The lead case, its aftermath and the future (Parts 2 & 3)

According to Paul St. Clair[1]’s report dated 2007, about the Migration of Hungarian Roma to Canada (and back),             In comparison to about 5,000 Czech Roma, close to 25,000 Hungarian Roma made Refugee Claim in Canada, between 1997 and 2002.  In contrast to the Czech, the Hungarian Roma migration had a much more fluid form.  This was mainly because there […]

by · August 25, 2017 · Focus
Illustration by Tamás Pély

Hungarian Roma refugees in Canada — The Roma fiasco (Part 1)

I. I first met Mr. S in the early spring of 1997 at a Hungarian cultural event. The organizer of the event brought him to my attention, as a newly arrived Roma from Hungary, claiming refugee status in Canada. I asked him if he had a lawyer to represent him, and he said with a confidence that he was planning […]

by · August 24, 2017 · Focus
Zsolt Császy. Photo: Eszter Garai-Édler.

The anatomy of a show trial – Zsolt Császy’s imprisonment (Part 2)

One of the hallmarks of the Orbán regime is the systemic and blatant nature of corruption involving key Fidesz political leaders, their oligarchs and the party’s media empire. In this context, one can only imagine how frustrating and infuriating it must be for someone like Zsolt Császy, the victim of a show trial, to have to serve a prison sentence […]

by · July 20, 2017 · Focus
The public forum on the Salvation Army's proposed move to Vanier sparked concern among many residents. Some 500 showed up for the town hall meeting, as did the local media. Photo: C. Adam.

Civic engagement in Ottawa’s Vanier — The fate of the Salvation Army

Lest our readers begin to think that I only get involved in issues pertaining to Hungary and East/Central Europe, I wanted to share some observations from a highly charged and exceptionally well attended public forum in Ottawa’s Vanier ward on the proposed move of a Salvation Army emergency shelter and social service centre to this area of the city. The […]

by · July 11, 2017 · Focus
Zsolt Császy. Photo: Eszter Garai-Édler.

The anatomy of a show trial — Zsolt Császy’s imprisonment (Part 1)

Zsolt Császy, a lawyer, university professor and a former spokesperson and parliamentary expert for Fidesz during the early nineties, is heading to prison in the coming weeks, after being the victim of what is widely seen to have been a show trial targeting former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and people who served in prominent positions during his government. Mr. Császy […]

by · July 10, 2017 · Focus
Ferenc Almássy

András Göllner replies to Ferenc Almássy on Creatures from the Budapest hills

Background In May  2017, the Hungarian Free Press published a three part series  by one of our regular contributor’s Professor András B. Göllner. In his study, Dr. Göllner identified by name some of the hundreds of pro-Russian, alt-right bloggers who moved to Budapest, to provide fake-news copy for the big-data based cyber-operations engineered by Jared Kushner and Robert Mercer during the Trump […]

by · July 7, 2017 · Focus