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Pelényi in Washington.

John (János) Pelényi – Horthy’s Ambassador who defected to the United States

As part of our series on lesser known or forgotten immigrants in North America from Hungary we remember John (János) Pelényi, Horthy’s Ambassador who defected to the United States in 1940. On December 5, 1940, Hungary fired 55-year-old ambassador to Washington, Mr. János Pelényi, after he abandoned the embassy in Washington DC and asked for asylum in the United States.  A […]

by · November 27, 2017 · Diaspora
Armenian community protest in California,

Armenian community protests Lajos Kósa’s visit in Los Angeles

Lajos Kósa, the Orbán government’s Minister in charge of the Modern Cities Program, gave a speech on the evening of October 22 at the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles and the local Armenian community was called to demonstrate in front of the building. The protesters labelled the Orbán government as “morally bankrupt,” adding that it “brings shame to all […]

by · October 26, 2017 · Diaspora
Cover of one of his US recording

Ervin Nyíregyházi – from Hungarian child prodigy to California drifter

We remember Ervin Nyíregyházi, the Hungarian-American pianist and composer. Considered a “lost genius” as he is one of the lesser known or forgotten Hungarian immigrants in North America. Ervin Nyíregyházi was born in 1903 in Budapest. Ervin tried to sing before he was one year old, sang tunes before he was two and was able to play almost every song […]

by · October 11, 2017 · Diaspora
Horthy apologist Lajos Kósa and his hateful rhetoric is not welcome in California

Horthy apologist Lajos Kósa and his hateful rhetoric is not welcome in California

The Hungarian Reformed Church, San Francisco & Vicinity, and the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles have invited Mr. Lajos Kósa a politician of Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz to be the guest at the upcoming 1956 commemoration. Mr. Kósa has never been invited to North America by a US or Canadian politician, in fact Mr. Kósa has never been invited […]

by · October 6, 2017 · Diaspora
Self portrait of the artist

Emil Bisttram – New Mexico’s Hungarian-American painter

In this piece we remember Emil Bisttram, a famed Hungarian-American painter, as one in a series of articles where we introduce lesser known or forgotten Hungarian immigrants of North America. In 1975, Emil Bisttram’s birthday, April 7, was declared “Emil Bisttram Day,” in the State of New Mexico. Very little is known about Bisttram in Hungary, yet the influential US […]

by · October 3, 2017 · Diaspora
Rozika (Rózsika) Schwimmer

On International Women’s Day we remember Rozika (Rózsika) Schwimmer

Rózsika Schwimmer was a Hungarian-American feminist, journalist, politician and relentless fighter for woman’s rights in Hungary and the United States. Born in 1877 in Budapest and trained as a bookkeeper, Schwimmer was an occasional journalist for various papers such as Pester Lloyd. She got involved with the Hungarian union movement and became the leader of the National Association for Women […]

by · March 8, 2017 · Diaspora
Béla Lipták, founder of the Hungarian Lobby demonstrated against Putin in New York.

Hungarians in North America condemn Putin’s visit to Budapest

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his delegation arrived to Budapest on one of three identical planes, which left from separate locations at separate times. Putin’s Iljushin-96 presidential aircraft was escorted by Hungarian fighter planes in Hungary’s airspace – truly a presidential welcome. The security measures were extremely tight, almost unprecedented. Budapest’s streets were empty, police lined the intersections. No anti-Putin […]

by · February 4, 2017 · Diaspora
Gov. Pataki said that Trump is unqualified to be President; now he is celebrating Trump’s inauguration with Amb. Szemerkényi (right corner in black dress) and Hungarian-American friends.

Hungarian diplomats celebrate President Trump’s inauguration in Washington DC

Last Saturday, January 21, millions marched worldwide to protest the inauguration of President Trump. On the same day Hungary’s Ambassador to Washington, Réka Szemerkényi, organized a party to celebrate the inauguration of the new president. The Salute to Freedom Inaugural Brunch was held at the newly purchased Hungarian Embassy building in Washington DC. Salute to Freedom? Hungary, one of the […]

by · January 26, 2017 · Politics
Zsa Zsa at the the Las Vegas Riviera - 1956 October

Letter to the Editor – Zsa Zsa, the honorary freedom fighter?

HFP recently published my article about Zsa Zsa entitled Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi exploits Zsa Zsa’s memory for political purposes. In this piece I mentioned that John Gizzi wrote an article (also produced a video interview) claiming that Zsa Zsa was “an opponent of Communist tyranny.” He added that, “Zsa Zsa was always speaking at events for the Hungarian community in […]

by · January 20, 2017 · Diaspora
Inauguration party in Budapest

Fidesz far-right to celebrate Trump inauguration in downtown Budapest

Far-right media personalities associated with Fidesz, including a founding member of the governing party, Zsolt Bayer, have plans to celebrate President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday night in Budapest’s Szabadság tér, or Freedom Square in English. The outdoor public event will be held in the area between the Ronald Reagan statue and the Soviet monument–the latter was once much-maligned on […]

by · January 17, 2017 · Politics