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Ms. Grässle (right) smiles as she rides Mr. Orbán's vintage train.

EU financial inspectors find everything in order with train in Orbán’s village

Despite three days of government-propagated hysteria and accusations surrounding the visit of nine inspectors from the European Parliament to examine how EU funds have been spent in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán can rest easy. The inspectors confirmed that from the perspective of how EU funds were spent on a vintage train, a project that has been the target of […]

by · September 20, 2017 · Politics
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
Count János Esterházy

Slovakia’s Ambassador to the US responds to concern about Esterházy commemoration

János Esterházy (1901-1957) was an ethnic Hungarian Slovak politician, a devout Catholic and member of the pro-Hitler Slovak Tiso parliament during World Wat II. Jozef Tiso, a Catholic priest and leader of Slovakia was convicted as a World War II criminal and hanged in 1947. Esterházy enthusiastically supported Hitler, Mussolini and pro-Hitler Miklós Horthy, Hungary’s ruler. After WWII he was […]

by · September 16, 2017 · Antisemitism
Thank you!

Thank you!

A month ago, we published a note to our readers about the nearly $5,000 cost associated with maintaining the Hungarian Free Press and its sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. It was so encouraging to see how many of our readers decided to contribute to the preservation of these publications. Over the past month, we have received $4,000 in contributions […]

by · September 13, 2017 · Diaspora
William Charles Morva in 1999

Hungarian citizenship on US death row?

On the evening of July 7 2017, 35-year-old William Charles Morva was executed by lethal injection in the State of Virginia. Although Morva was a Hungarian citizen and the Hungarian Embassy asked for clemency, Virginia’s Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe did not spare his life. Morva’s lawyers claimed that he was delusional when he killed two men during a prison escape […]

by · September 12, 2017 · Diaspora
Colonel Ferenc Koszorús.

Response to the Open Letter of the American Hungarian Federation about Colonel Ferenc Koszorús

An open letter was published on the website of the American Hungarian Federation addressed to me. (Read here.) The letter questions my comment related to Colonel Ferenc Koszorús in the August 24 article, “Hungary’s Ambassador blames Obama’s influence on State Department for poor relations.” According to the American Hungarian Federation’s website Colonel Koszorús is a Hungarian Hero of the Holocaust […]

by · September 11, 2017 · Diaspora
László Brenzovics

Hungarian language education in peril in Ukraine — And echoes in Québec

Ukraine’s parliament accepted a law this week, which has been widely condemned by political parties of all stripes in Hungary and by ethnic Hungarian community leaders in Ukraine. If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs into law the bill accepted by legislators, Hungarian children in western Ukraine will no longer be able to study in Hungarian beyond Grade 4. Ukraine’s Minister of […]

by · September 9, 2017 · East
Viktor Orbán on Kossuth Radio, in Budapest, on September 8, 2017 /
MTI. Tibor Illyés

Viktor Orbán accepts EU ruling on migrant quotas, attacks western colonial powers

After 48 hour of offering no commentary whatsoever on a ruling by the European Court of Justice that dismissed both Hungary’s and Slovakia’s complaints about equitably resettling mostly Syrian refugees among EU member states, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán finally spoke to the issue in his usual Friday morning radio interview. The usually loquacious Hungarian prime minister was frugal with his […]

by · September 8, 2017 · Politics
The stone church in the former Hungarian settlement of Kaposvar, SK, now part of the town of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The church is a pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics.

The Hungarian language in Canada, according to the 2016 Census

The language statistics of the 2016 Census were in the news a few weeks ago, after an error by Statistics Canada showed an unexpected increase in the number of English-speakers in the French-majority province of Québec. Before the error was discovered, the reported growth of the English community sparked the usual nationalist consternation among some Québec politicians about the “threat” […]

by · September 7, 2017 · Diaspora