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Lilly Toth (1925-2021)

Remembering Holocaust survivor Lilly Toth

Richard Schnurbach, president of the Montreal Holocaust Museum and Daniel Amar, the organization’s executive director, co-authored a moving piece remembering Lilly Toth (née Gluck), a survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary, who died in Montreal on May 22, 2021.  We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lilly Toth, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer. Lilly was passionate about […]

by · May 31, 2021 · Diaspora
The romance of the 56-er Hungarian refugee and Prince William of Gloucester

The romance of the 56-er Hungarian refugee and Prince William of Gloucester

The improbable romance of flamboyant Prince William of Gloucester and Zsuzsi Starkloff made headlines fifty years ago.  Starkloff was a 56-er, an ambitious, capable Hungarian refugee who loved glamour.  A recent documentary brought this romantic tabloid story into the spotlight again. The dashing Prince William of Gloucester was Queen Elisabeth’s first cousin and the page boy at her wedding in […]

by · May 17, 2021 · Diaspora
Why is the Hungarian Reformed Church in America mum about the death of Pastor Debreczeni in Phoenix, Arizona?

Why is the Hungarian Reformed Church in America mum about the death of Pastor Debreczeni in Phoenix, Arizona?

One of the most charismatic pastors of the Hungarian Reformed Church in America has died. In the past we wrote that lawsuits and chaos paralyze the Church in America.  One of the most vicious court battles involved Pastor Debreczeni.  Church officials openly called Debreczeni immoral, a liar and cheater who illegally taped conversations.  Zsolt Demeter, Presbiter and Bishop Zoltán Lizik […]

by · April 18, 2021 · Diaspora
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Békevár-Kipling, a piece of history from the Canadian Prairies

In the 19th century this area of Canada was called Assiniboia, named after local first nations people who lived here for hundreds or perhaps even thousands of years as they claim. At this time the province belonged to the Northwest Territories. In 1905 the province joined to the Confederation of Canada and became known by the name of Saskatchewan. Early […]

by · March 24, 2021 · Diaspora
Sándor Sík – the Catholic (and Jewish) icon of Hungarian American Scouts

Sándor Sík – the Catholic (and Jewish) icon of Hungarian American Scouts

The 106-acre Sándor Sík Hungarian Scout Park is in upstate New York, close to Fillmore, in Allegany County.  It was founded as a campground and training center in 1964 by the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris. “With its gently hilly slopes and meadows, firs and a variety of other trees, it is an ideal location for camping,” says the official […]

by · March 8, 2021 · Diaspora
Consul General Valér Palkovits awards Sándor Balla in 2020.

Exploring the millions of dollars the Orbán government has spent in Canada

In 2020, Vinum Tokaj Canada Inc., owned by Sándor Balla, was awarded nearly C$4 million (944,880,000 forints) from Hungarian public funds to operate an office and warehouse in Toronto, as well as provide marketing services for the promotion of Hungarian businesses and products. Of all the funding envelopes allocated by the Orbán government to Canada since 2010, this was the largest.  […]

by · March 1, 2021 · Diaspora
Letter from Rev. Viktor J. Tóth, Pastor at the Hungarian Reformed Church of San Francisco and Vicinity

Letter from Rev. Viktor J. Tóth, Pastor at the Hungarian Reformed Church of San Francisco and Vicinity

Mr. Lazar, The Hungarian Reformed Church of San Francisco and Vicinity is a religious organization and therefore does not get involved in political matters. We worship God. At the same time, we are Hungarians. The parishioners of our Church are free to express their political viewpoints as private citizens, but they are not representing HRCSF. Due to privacy concerns, we do […]

by · February 28, 2021 · Diaspora
Baron László Hengelmüller von Hengervár, Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Washington

Baron László Hengelmüller von Hengervár, Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Washington

In the 19th century the Hungarian Kingdom was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so Hungary had no separate representation in Washington DC.   Foreign affairs were handled in Vienna.  I was surprised to learn that the longest serving US Ambassador of Austria-Hungary was actually a Hungarian nobleman who, not surprisingly, did not speak Hungarian. His birth name was Baron Hengervári László Hengelmüller; […]

by · February 7, 2021 · Diaspora
Budapest cemetery, Haralson County, Georgia – photos by Ágnes Felber

Budapest cemetery, Haralson County, Georgia – photos by Ágnes Felber

Budapest is a tiny unincorporated community in Haralson County in the State of Georgia. It is located on U.S. Route 78, about five miles southeast of Tallapoosa. In the year of 1882 about 200 Hungarian families, mostly from mining towns in Pennsylvania, moved to the area and started to plant grapevines. Soon they established a series of flourishing vineyards and Georgia’s wine region was born. Later, as the number […]

by · January 8, 2021 · Diaspora
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman.  A shared Nobel-prize for mRNA?

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman. A shared Nobel-prize for mRNA?

I’m not a chemist but I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Nobel-prize in Chemistry would go to Hungarian-born Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the United States.  I had a chance to talk to several scientists who know a lot more about this subject than I do and they were all excited. Hungarians are somewhat fixated on the Nobel-prize.  […]

by · December 19, 2020 · Diaspora