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Géza Szőcs has died

Géza Szőcs, poet and former Secretary of State for Culture in the early years of the Orbán government, has died at age 67 from COVID-19. Whenever I read his name I am reminded of Elie Wiesel’s words: “It is with profound dismay and indignation that I learned of your participation, together with Hungarian Secretary of State for Culture Géza Szőcs […]

by · November 7, 2020 · Culture
Fr . Pierangelo Paternieri C.S.

The last will be first — Fr. Pierangelo Paternieri’s homily at Our Lady of Hungary Parish

Our Lady of Hungary Parish in Montreal, which currently does not have its own Hungarian-speaking pastor, is being served by visiting priests from the Archdiocese of Montreal. As a sign of the diversity of Canada’s second largest city, clergy of different backgrounds have celebrated Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Hungary Parish since the church’s reopening in July, following the […]

by · September 27, 2020 · Culture
Steve Kovacs

Artist Revolt Against Orbán

For the last few days an unprecedented strike has taken place in the center of Budapest.  600 students and faculty of the University of Theater and Film (SZFE) have joined forces to oppose the government’s “privatization” of the University.  They have taken to the street, resolved not to allow the newly appointed head of the University to enter. The man […]

by · September 13, 2020 · Culture
Ms. Réka Pigniczky (left) and Ms. Andrea Lauer Rice

Cold Warriors – a documentary film about right-wing nostalgia in America

Réka Pigniczky has made an important documentary film based on the “original idea” of Andrea Lauer Rice.   The film was released in 2017 and now it is available on the Web. Cold Warriors is about the friendly shooting reunion of small group of aging Hungarian immigrants on a rural farm in Pennsylvania. In 1960 they were members of a militia […]

by · September 8, 2020 · Culture
Margit Bokor – the tragic life of the Hungarian American soprano

Margit Bokor – the tragic life of the Hungarian American soprano

As part of our series on lesser known Hungarian Americans we introduce Margit Bokor the celebrated soprano of the Metropolitan and the New York City Operas. Margit Bokor was only 49 when she died of cancer in New York City. The singer was born as Margit Wahl in 1900 in Losonc, Hungarian Kingdom (today Lucenec, Slovakia) in a Catholic family.  […]

by · September 1, 2020 · Culture
Hungary’s National Day — August 20, 2020

Hungary’s National Day — August 20, 2020

The Secretary of State of the United States issued a statement on the occasion of Hungary’s national holiday, August 20th, one remembered by Hungarians living in the diaspora as well. We are sharing the statement below with our readers.  MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 19, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American […]

by · August 20, 2020 · Culture
György Kárpáti

György Kárpáti (1935-2020) – Holocaust survivor, Communist informer, Olympic champion

György Kárpáti the legendary water polo player was buried in Budapest at the Farkasréti Cemetery.  The elaborate ceremony was led by a prominent Catholic priest, Father Imre Kozma.  Leaders of the Orbán government lined up to pay their respects.   No doubt, he was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary life. He died at the age of 88 and his life […]

by · July 6, 2020 · Culture
Invitation: The Forgotten Revolution — the 1919 Hungarian Republic of Councils

Invitation: The Forgotten Revolution — the 1919 Hungarian Republic of Councils

The Hungarian Free Press is excited and honoured to be a partner of a special live online discussion on a new book published by Montreal’s Black Rose Books, namely The Forgotten Revolution — the 1919 Hungarian Republic of Councils. The book’s editor is HFP contributor András Göllner. HFP’s founding editor, Christopher Adam, contributed a chapter to this volume. For more information […]

by · June 13, 2020 · Culture
President Roosevelt on horseback

Roosevelt, Mikszáth and St. Peter’s Umbrella

This is a wonderful and true story.  Some of you might have heard it. After serving for eight years as US President Theodore Roosevelt opted not to run for a third term in 1908.  Two years later, he decided to take a trip to Europe and in April 1910 he visited Hungary. Roosevelt was especially interested in horse breeding and […]

by · June 6, 2020 · Culture
In Praise of Angela — Hungarian filmmaker’s short selected as among the best in Ohio

In Praise of Angela — Hungarian filmmaker’s short selected as among the best in Ohio

Last fall, I had the chance to travel to Athens, Ohio, to see the premiere screening of Edit Jakab’s short film In Praise of Angela. Many years ago, Edit and I taught at the same Hungarian Saturday school in Montreal. We reconnected just a few years ago and it was a pleasure to see the direction that life took her these […]

by · April 25, 2020 · Culture