Articles by: Hungarian Free Press

Clare Humphreys’ recent commencement address at Corvinus University, Budapest

Clare Humphreys’ recent commencement address at Corvinus University, Budapest

Ms. Clare Humphreys is a recent graduate of Corvinus University, Budapest and she gave a remarkable graduation speech on July 23, 2019. We decided to publish the full text of her speech with a brief bio and the link to the video of her address. Good evening, friends, family, colleagues, professors! Presidium, your Excellency. Thank you for coming. The ceremony […]

by · August 14, 2019 · Focus
Paul Anka (left), Ambassador Cornstein and Prime Minister Orbán enjoying the show.

Bizarre US Embassy Independence Day extravaganza with 800 guests in Budapest

Every year on July 4 the US Embassy in Budapest has a garden party with a couple of dozen invited Hungarian guests to celebrate Independence Day. This has become a decade-long tradition. It seems that Ambassador Cornstein likes to give big parties, I mean giant parties. On July 9 he invited 800 guests (yes, eight hundred) to a sit down […]

by · August 10, 2019 · Politics
Tamás Pilhál

Fidesz columnist Tamás Pilhál declares hunting season on the Hungarian opposition

A small group of Hungarian democratic activists in Toronto, Canada, are trying their best to share the true nature of the Orbán regime with English speakers. Recently, they translated a truly horrendous article from Fidesz news site Pesti Srácok, written by Tamás Pilhál. Mr. Pilhál advocates that members of the Hungarian opposition are, in fact, enemies of the Hungarian nation […]

by · July 23, 2019 · Focus
Letter to the Editor on Fascist Souls and Father András Kun

Letter to the Editor on Fascist Souls and Father András Kun

I am grateful for having received a fascinating newspaper clipping from Tomas Korper, in response to a piece appearing in HFP entitled The Genocidal Priest — The Last Interview with András Kun. The letter writer’s father, trying to survive the Holocaust by posing as a military officer, was captured by Kun in Budapest and was brutally beaten by him and […]

by · July 18, 2019 · Antisemitism
Ágnes Bátory (left) and Sara Svensson

The use and abuse of participatory governance by populist governments

Ágnes Bátory and Sara Svensson both from the Central European University Budapest co-authored a remarkable paper about public consultations. They analyzed Viktor Orbán’s national consultations in Hungary, these are probably the most wide-scale consultative exercises in contemporary Europe. Some of our readers might not know that the Orbán government repeatedly sent questionnaires to every household in the country in some […]

by · June 24, 2019 · Politics
The launch of a new online photo collection of the Holocaust in Hungary

The launch of a new online photo collection of the Holocaust in Hungary

We were asked to share this new and innovative project with the readers of the Hungarian Free Press, and we are happy to do so. A website called HolokausztFoto.hu is being launched on June 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in Budapest’s Nappali Kávéház (Vasvári Pál utca 3) with the participation of historian András Lenárt, journalist János Dési and Miklós Tamási […]

by · June 14, 2019 · Culture
Hungarian Academy of Sciences-is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary. Its seat is at the bank of the Danube in Budapest.

Hungarian Academics’ Open Letter to Manfred Weber, the Group Chair of the European People’s Party

Dear Mr. Weber, This open letter is a cry for help. We, Hungarian scientists, scholars and university professors turn to you for help in a most serious matter: The Hungarian Government has proposed legislation that would change the Hungarian research landscape dramatically, which tramples on the rule of constitutional law and on basic democratic principles. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences […]

by · June 9, 2019 · Culture
Back Seat: Pope Francis with Argentinians in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. Photo source: Franciscan Ponderings

A bishop in the pews

István Gégény, the editor of a Hungarian-language Catholic blog entitled SZEMlélek, explores why it’s worth remembering that religious leaders–be they parish priests or bishops–are people too. Just like members of their congregation, they struggle to live their faith in the everyday. HFP offers this English-language translation of Mr. Gégény’s piece, entitled “Püspök a padban“, or “A bishop in the pews.” […]

by · May 16, 2019 · Culture
American concern about Hungary’s downward democratic trajectory

American concern about Hungary’s downward democratic trajectory

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is concerned about “Hungary’s downward democratic trajectory” and issued the following letter about Viktor Orbán’s upcoming visit to the White House. Four US Senators, among them ranking member Robert Menendez signed the letter. Not too long ago, in 2012 Senator Menendez actually praised Hungary’s democracy and politicians of the Orbán government, among […]

by · May 12, 2019 · Politics
György Ránki (1907-1992)

Erzsébet and Zsuzsanna Ránki establish the György Ránki Scholarship at Indiana University

Erzsébet and Zsuzsanna Ránki have established the György Ránki Scholarship in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. This gift will provide financial support to scholars specializing in Hungarian Studies, as well as additional support for the György Ránki Hungarian Chair. Professor György Ránki’s work focused on Hungarian and Central […]

by · April 25, 2019 · Diaspora