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Public bus transfer from Budapest's city centre to Ferihegy Airport.

Hungary’s mafia economy and Budapest Airport transportation

I just returned from an enjoyable visit to my birth country. Winter travel has its challenges and living in California made me forget Hungary’s often freezing winter weather. I was also annoyed with Budapest airport transportation, specifically the lack of comfortable and reasonably priced transportation between Budapest Airport and downtown. The airport recently reported that passenger numbers exceeded 12 million […]

by · January 18, 2018 · Focus
The last print edition of La Presse.

Goodbye, La Presse — Thoughts on print journalism as a Montreal print publication disappears

Hungarians are more accustomed to the disappearance of major print publications than Canadians, particularly after the ruling party’s shuttering by proxy of the nation’s largest circulation daily, Népszabadság. Canadians have also been more avid readers of news in print than Hungarians, where even the nation’s largest national daily, the conservative Magyar Nemzet, has less than 22,000 subscribers and readers of the […]

by · December 30, 2017 · Focus
One of many fast food restaurants run by immigrants in Budapest.

Arabs, Afghans, Blacks and others in Hungary

While the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of Hungary strongly oppose the European Union to settle thousands of migrants from the third world, quite a few Arab, Afghan and Black African people live continually or settled permanently in Hungary. How do they feel like in our country, how do they see us, and what they think about the migration crisis? […]

by · December 24, 2017 · Focus
Exploring Hungary’s 2016 Census

Exploring Hungary’s 2016 Census

The Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) published figures from a micro-census conducted in 2016 that present an alarming reality: there are only 1.4 million people in the country under 15 years of age and only 6.6 million active, working age adults. To place this into context: in 1960, there were 2.5 million Hungarians under the age of 15. This large number […]

by · November 23, 2017 · Focus
Hungary and Zimbabwe — And thoughts from activist Doug Coltart

Hungary and Zimbabwe — And thoughts from activist Doug Coltart

We would be loath to draw sweeping parallels between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, now on the brink of collapse, and the much younger “System of National Cooperation” regime established by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Hungary in 2010. After all, Mr. Mugabe truly did rise to power as the consequence of a political revolution (and a protracted guerrilla […]

by · November 16, 2017 · Focus
Josh Frydenberg (left) and Prime Minister Turnbull in the Australian Parliament.

Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull speaks about Hungarian atrocities during the Holocaust

Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister, is angry. He says those who accuse his energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, of being a dual Australian-Hungarian citizen just do not understand the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Josh Frydenberg’s mother Erica Strauss was born in 1943 in the Budapest ghetto. That is where the fascists had pushed all the Jews in together, as […]

by · November 7, 2017 · Focus
Judy Young-Drache (left) and Bob Rae (right)

Flight to Freedom: Bob Rae gives keynote on anniversary of 1956 refugee crisis

The Honourable Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and currently special envoy to Myanmar, spoke at Saint Paul University on October 23rd, 2017, the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Chantal Beauvais, the rector of Saint Paul University, opened this day of the conference entitled Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957 by noting the University’s strong commitment to […]

by · October 23, 2017 · Focus
Amina Jalabi presenting photography pertaining to refugees. Photo: C. Adam.

Flight to Freedom — The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957 (Day 1)

Ottawa’s Saint Paul University was the site of the opening day of a conference organised on the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the vast majority of Hungarian refugees to Canada and in the year of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. Mike Molloy, President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, opened the conference by reading the greetings from Ahmed Hussen, […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Focus
Frank Koszorus Jr’s letter to the editor: Koszorús action prevented Lászlo Baky from deporting the Jews of Budapest

Frank Koszorus Jr’s letter to the editor: Koszorús action prevented Lászlo Baky from deporting the Jews of Budapest

Sir Karl Raimund Popper’s astute observation that “[t]rue ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it” is especially relevant to how some belittle or deny Col. Ferenc Koszorus’ action that prevented the more than 250,000 Jews living in Budapest from being sent to the German death camps in July 1944. Ignoring the historical record (e.g., […]

by · September 27, 2017 · Focus
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