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View of Central Budapest from the Dohány Street Synagogue.

After Israel, Hungary has largest proportion of citizens with Jewish origins

A far larger proportion of Hungarian citizens have partial Jewish origins than the residents of any other country in the world, with the exception of Israel — this, according to a study conducted by statistician Daniel Sztacki, the Jewish People Policy Institute and the MyHeritage website. Based on DNA test results submitted by 4,981 residents of Hungary, fully 7.6 percent came back showing […]

by · August 16, 2019 · Culture
Kristóf Milák

New World Record in 200m butterfly from “Milák from Hungria”

The reporter was so excited that when he announced the new World Record in 200m butterfly, he said that the winner was “Milák from Hungria.” This is an almost unbelievable achievement. Hungary’s 19-year-old Kristóf Milák broke Michael Phelps’ iconic 10 year old World Record at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Michael Phelps “owned” the 200 butterfly. […]

by · July 27, 2019 · Culture
Heller in the 1960s

Ágnes Heller, Hungarian philosopher and patriot is dead at 90

I met Heller about five years ago in Budapest. This tiny woman was probably the most effective international campaigner against Orbanism. In conversation she was sharp and domineering and to my surprise she said that she knew who I was because she had read some of my pieces at Galamus, a now defunct portal edited by the excellent Zsófia Mihancsik. […]

by · July 21, 2019 · Culture
Professor László Norbert Nemes and Ms. Judith Hartyányi

The Kodály Center at Holy Names University

In 1868 six women of the religious order Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary arrived to California from Montreal, Canada and founded a teachers college called Holy Names University. The campus today is located high above the San Francisco Bay and has stunning views. The Catholic university provides a program for music teachers and has become a […]

by · July 18, 2019 · Culture
Gladys and László Széchenyi

Gloria Vanderbilt and the Széchenyi family

Gloria Vanderbilt, the American fashion icon died on June 17th in New York. She was 95. She was born wealthy; her father Reginald was an heir to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune. Gloria, a talented painter, writer and fashion designer, was related (by her aunt’s marriage) to the Széchenyi family, and also to “the greatest Hungarian,” István Széchenyi. In 1945 she […]

by · June 20, 2019 · Culture
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
At the Grammies

Bruno Mars – a superstar with (some) Hungarian ancestry

Bruno Mars has Hungarian ancestry? Hard to believe, but the fact is that the pop-superstar has a bit of Hungarian in him, a Hungarian Jewish grandmother on his father’s side. Here is the story. Peter Gene Hernandez aka. Bruno Mars was born in 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii into a family of musicians and dancers. His beloved mother, Bernadette San Pedro […]

by · June 9, 2019 · Culture
Commemoration in Albany, NY.

Ignác Semmelweis, Hungary’s “savior of mothers” gets statue in Albany, NY

On April 24, 2019 the New York State Department of Health in Albany, NY held a ceremony at the Wadsworth Center Biggs Laboratory to unveil a statue of Ignác Semmelweis to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the physician’s birth. Semmelweis was one of the most influential (and unusual) physicians of the 19th century; his pioneer work of antiseptic procedures saved […]

by · May 24, 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