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How Sopron Was Saved from the Claws of Trianon

The city of Sopron's coat of arms
How Sopron Was Saved from the Claws of Trianon

Although President Woodrow Wilson had proclaimed the principle of Self-Determination of Peoples as the gold standard for altering the map of Europe after World War I, no provision was made in the so-called peace treaties for any such principle.  Certainly not in the dictated Treaty of Trianon which deprived Hungary of 71% of its territory!  

It is therefore all the more astounding that a plebiscite was actually held, by which some people, affected by the border changes dictatorially imposed by powers thousands of miles away, were able to oppose those border changes and determine their fate for themselves!

It was a victory that was not easily won. 

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Why My Middle Name Is Important

Capt. Vállay József
Why My Middle Name Is Important

To my Dad’s chagrin, there was no Fathers’ Day in Hungary during my childhood.  I’m not sure whether that has been corrected since.  Either way, I find it overdue to compensate him for the loss.

 

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

A tavaszi sugár – The Ray of Spring

As in a snapshot, the author has caught a young girl carrying an armful of flowers among spring buds and blossoms – a scene of mixed happiness and sadness.

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Tóth Árpád

American-Hungarian Community

Gazy Brothers Farms Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary
Gazy Brothers Farms Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

The end of the 19th century saw a mass exodus from the rural sections of Hungary to America.  Many came to Connecticut from Boldogkőváralja, settling in the Greater Bridgeport area.  This is the story of one such immigrant family.

 

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Judit Vasmatics Paolini

Gulyás competition
The Calvin United Church of Christ in Fairfield CT, holds a competition every year, to see who makes the best gulyás. See the full story...

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Magyar News Classics

Two Hungarians Looking at Us From the Stars
The original article was published in June 2006 Magyar News. See the full story...

Arts and Culture

The Palace of Buda as Enhanced by Mátyás Király

Palace of Buda in the Middle Ages
The Palace of Buda as Enhanced by Mátyás Király

We have all heard that Mátyás király was a great Renaissance king who favored the arts and whose court was magnificent.  Here we have an eyewitness account of his palace at Buda by an Italian who, although employed by Mátyás as court historian, was by no means a bootlicking lackey.

The following is a translation of an excerpt (in German) from Antonio Bonfini’s Rerum Hungaricum Decades, taken from a volume entitled Ungarns Geschichte und Kultur in Dokumenten (Hungary’s History and Culture in Documents), published in Wiesbaden in 1955. 

 

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Antonio Bonfini

 “Hungarian Legend” by NBSO
“Hungarian Legend” by NBSO
Liszt, Kodály, Bartók - the concert's program could not have been more Hungarian. What a way to spend a spring afternoon! See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabó

Cold Strawberry Soup
Cold Strawberry Soup

With strawberry season upon us, here is a refreshing soup recipe.  (And you thought strawberries are only for dessert!)

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Hungary Past and Present

Hungarian Martyr Brenner János Beatified

Brenner János
Hungarian Martyr Brenner János Beatified

 60 years after being brutally murdered, the 26-year old priest Brenner János was beatified on May 1st this year in Székesfehérvár. (The village where he was stabbed to death would not have been able to accommodate the crowds.)  Twenty thousand people attended the outdoor ceremony presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. János’ younger brother, József, the only surviving member of the family, spoke at the beatification. 

 


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Today, Boldogkőváralja is Worth the Trip

Boldogkővár
Today, Boldogkőváralja is Worth the Trip

Many immigrants to the Bridgeport, CT area traced their origin to Boldogkőváralja, including Grandpa Gazsi, founder of Gazy Brothers Farms in Oxford, CT.  This is what it looks like today. 

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Judit Vasmatics Paolini

It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Did you know…

...that some American coins minted by a Hungarian still “shine”?

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It's a Small World!

What’s in a name?  Sometimes proof of what a small world it really is! 

 

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Karolina Tima Szabó