Post Tagged with: "1956 Hungarian Revolution"

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
Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

This three-day conference (October 21-23, 2017) explores Canada’s involvement in the central issue of our time: the global search by refugees for a safe home in light of this country’s history of immigration and nation-building. Recognizing Canada’s 150th celebrations and also the 60th anniversary of the arrival and settlement of 38,000 Hungarian refugees during 1957, this conference uses their example […]

by · October 16, 2017 · Culture
Mária Schmidt. Photo: MTI

Hungary loses yet another independent publication – Government historian buys weekly paper

One of Hungary’s national political weekly magazines, Figyelő, was bought by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s former adviser and government historian Mária Schmidt on Monday. While Ms. Schmidt promises to keep publishing the weekly, it is all but certain that the publication’s critical, independent voice will be gone. Figyelő will almost certainly follow the fate of the online publication Origo, or […]

by · December 5, 2016 · Politics
Hungary, something is eating you.

Hungary, something is eating you.

(Excerpt from my journal of my visit to ‘witness” Hungary’s 60th celebration of the 1956 uprising.) Being a writer, artist, you can’t help but see the symbolic significance in everything. It’s the blessing and the curse. It’s cloudy, gray and raining as I step out of the Franz Liszt airport. Its name has been changed only recently. It used to […]

by · November 15, 2016 · Culture
G.M. Tamás

Hungary 1956: a socialist revolution

Hungarian political philosopher G. M. Tamás is a prominent, refreshing and thought-provoking public voice in Hungary on contemporary politics, socio-cultural issues, as well as the politics of memory surrounding the twentieth century past. This article was originally published in the London quarterly, International Socialism, N° 152 (Autumn 2016), pp. 111-116 and was re-published in LeftEast, the East European socialist web journal. With the […]

by · November 8, 2016 · Focus
Lavish 1956 Anniversary Gala in Washington DC

Boycott, no-show at US events commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

On October 23 about 300 of us were eagerly waiting for Willie Brown at the Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial Center. The elegant hall has a gorgeous wraparound balcony with a magnificent view of San Francisco City Hall. The bar was packed with California wines, tasty hors d’oeuvres and we were all dressed up to hear Willie, […]

by · November 4, 2016 · Diaspora
Namaste - Amb. Colleen Bell and the Budapest Lad statue

Lads of Pest – or exploited child soldiers?

I was surprised. Actually, I was dismayed to see US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell delivering remarks at the statue unveiling of the Budapest Lad when on Sunday October 16, the sculpture was inaugurated to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The unveiling took place in Scott’s Circle at 1500 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Washington DC on the grounds of the […]

by · October 29, 2016 · Culture
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion (third from the left) meets with Péter Szijjártó. Bálint Ódor is on the far-right.

A response to Ambassador Bálint Ódor’s “Hungarian tribute to Canada”

Hungarian Ambassador Bálint Ódor published a piece entitled “A Hungarian Tribute to Canada” in a publication called National Newswatch. In this piece, Ambassador Ódor writes: “Canada is a nation that understood the message of 1956 clearly, and also extended helping hands to a large number of Hungarians who were forced to flee their homeland…By its rare display of heroism and […]

by · October 26, 2016 · Politics
Ian Bradbury and Judith Petényi. Photo: C. Adam

Remembering the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Canada showed great solidarity to Hungarian refugees in 1956/57, after the suppression of the 1956 Revolution, so this is an especially apt place to hold this commemoration–observed Ian Bradbury, founder of The Stand 2016 on the sixtieth anniversary celebration of the uprising. The Hungarian Forum of Ottawa organized the modest commemoration on Parliament Hill, in Canada’s capital city, and participants […]

by · October 24, 2016 · Culture