Post Tagged with: "1956 Hungarian Revolution"

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
Historian Krisztián Ungváry was beat up by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's supporters on Sunday.

Violence in Budapest on sixtieth anniversary of 1956 as historian assaulted

Historian Krisztián Ungváry was physically assaulted and bloodied by supporters of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in front of Parliament, as the nation remembered the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Mr. Ungváry’s sin was that he, along with hundreds of Hungarians, blew whistles out of protest during Mr. Orbán’s speech. The prominent historian of twentieth century Hungary was punched […]

by · October 24, 2016 · Politics
The first brick that was pushed out of the wall of communism

The first brick that was pushed out of the wall of communism

Hungarian-American filmmaker Klaudia Kovacs, director of Torn From the Flag, writes about the legacy and significance of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in the Hungarian Free Press, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the uprising. * For us to understand the difficulties Hungary has been going through since 1989, first we need to analyze life under Soviet occupation and […]

by · October 23, 2016 · Culture
Elvis Presley and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

Elvis Presley and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

Elvis Presley’s final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was on January 6, 1957. CBS censors would not allow his entire body to be shown on live TV, he was seen only from the waist up. 22 years-old Elvis sang seven songs in three segments. Most memorable was his rendition of Peace in the Valley, the famous gospel song as […]

by · October 23, 2016 · Culture