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Felkelt a nép

Thousands of graves mark the sacrifices the people made for the freedom of Hungary. (photo: Michael Rougier)
Felkelt a nép
On  October 29th, the author spoke of the "Glorious  Revolution", as he eulogized the people, and especially the youth of Hungary, for "rising from the grave" after 10 years, and breaking its shackles. See the full story...
Jobbágy Károly

October 23, 1956

This is a thumbnail comparison between the 1848 Hungarian Fight for Freedom and 1956.  It has been taken from Hungarian Heroes and Legends, by Joseph Domjan, published by D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., Princeton, NJ.

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Joseph Domjan

The Hide-and-Seek Radio Station of 1956

Radio transmitter inside the bus
The Hide-and-Seek Radio Station of 1956

During the Hungarian Revolution of October 1956, numerous rural radio stations sprang up in the country, to encourage the population, provide information and pass on urgent pleas for help to the West.

Among these was Voice of Free Dunapentele (later Rákóczi Rádió), which found an innovative way to dodge detection by the Soviets, and was able to hold out until November 8th.  

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EPF

Magyar fohász / A Hungarian Breathed Prayer
Written by Tamási Áron (1897-1966), the famous Székely writer. This "breathed prayer" is a plea to the great powers, which consider it proper and just to live in their own systems, for a chance to live our own human and national way of life in democracy and national independence.  Written on October 26th, he was still able to say that "we have shaken off the yoke of tyranny". See the full story...
Tamási Áron

American-Hungarian Community

Nemzeti Összetartozás Fája USA 2020 - The Tree of National Cohesion, USA 2020
Nemzeti Összetartozás Fája USA 2020 - The Tree of National Cohesion, USA 2020

A hagyományoktól eltérően idén augusztus 29-én rendezték meg az Emlékhelyek napját országszerte 60 nemzeti és történelmi emlékhely 70 helyszínének programjaival. Főkonzulátusunk ezzel a kis videóval szeretett volna kedveskedni mindazoknak, akiknek itt az amerikai-magyar diaszporában is fontos volt, az új emlékhelyteremtő, a nemzet összetartását szimbolizáló fa elültetése. Köszönjük a közösségek támogatását és külön köszönet Tóth Anna Rózának, a New Brunswick-i Széchenyi Magyar Iskola újonnan kinevezett igazgatójának a video elkészítéséért.

A tree symbolizing national cohesion was planted in numerous settlements in Hungary, and in several here in the US on August 29th, as seen in the video created by Anna Róza Tóth, newly named principal of the Széchenyi Hungarian School of New Brunswick, NJ. 

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B. Nagy Péter, Konzul

Magyar News Classics

Forty Years After 1956
This piece was written by Rev. Emeric Szlezak, OFM, who had served not only in New York but also in Fairfield, CT.  Originally published in Magyar News, October 1996.  See the full story...
Rev. Emeric Szlezak, OFM

Arts and Culture

Magyar Treasures: The Cimbalom

A pedaled cimbalom (photo: EPF)
Magyar Treasures: The Cimbalom

To reinforce Judy’s article, may I (Erika) tell about an encounter with a cimbalom many years ago in New York.  My husband and I had gone to the Museum of Natural History for a concert of Chinese music, by a small orchestra which was playing Chinese instruments.  To my surprise, a cimbalom was among them.  When I inquired whether that was a Chinese musical instrument, I was given the honest answer: “No that is a Hungarian instrument, but it is becoming popular in China now.” 

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Judit Vasmatics Paolini

“With God’s Little Finger Over Us” – Marginal Notations
“With God’s Little Finger Over Us” – Marginal Notations

Eliz Kakas comments of the latest work of Erika Papp Faber.  Additional reactions may be found at the end of the review. 

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Eliz Kakas

Straw Art of Hungary / Szalmafonás

Szabó Karola with her wall art
Straw Art of Hungary / Szalmafonás

"According to the proverb, all that glitters is not gold.  But the reverse is also true. The worthless-seeming straw can, with the help of a soaring imagination, become a wonderful creation in expert hands."

“A mondás szerint nem mind arany, ami fénylik.  De ez fordítva is igaz.  Az értéktelennek tünő szalma a szárnyaló képzelet segítségével csodálatos alkotássá válhat hozzáértő kezek között.”

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Karolina Tima Szabo

King of Cakes - Tésztakirály

Here is one of the recipes of Zsuzsi Mama (whose biography we have elsewhere in this issue).

 

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Hungary Past and Present

Another “Martyr of Arad”: Kiss Ernő

Bas-relief of Kiss Ernő, on pedestal of the Arad Freedom Monument (Source: Csanády at Hungarian Wikipedia. Lic. Creative Commons, Attribution - Share Alike 3.0)
Another “Martyr of Arad”: Kiss Ernő

The first shot meant to execute Kiss Ernő that morning of October 6th, 1849 missed its mark. At that point, he could have reached into his pocket and waved the imperial pardon his influential family had obtained for him.  But he did not!  And so the 1848-49 Revolution and Freedom Fight against Austrian despotism added another ”Martyr” to its roster.

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Erika Papp Faber

Snapshots: Penészlek
Snapshots: Penészlek

The name of the village is odd – in Hungarian ”penész” means mold or mildew!  They say it is of Slavic origin, and could also mean ”lake” or ”marsh”. At any rate, it is located in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, in the Nyírbátor district.  The grandfather of Scott Kish, whose art we present elsewhere in this issue,  emigrated from there, and because we are curious, we are taking a look.

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viola vonfi

Impact of WW I and Trianon: Vajk Edit’s Personal Memories

Raul, Vivy, Amál (a cousin), Edit (photo taken in 1925)
Impact of WW I and Trianon: Vajk Edit’s Personal Memories

Born in Vajdahunyad, Transylvania, in 1900, Erika Papp Faber's aunt, Vajk Edit kept a diary, and in the 1980’s wrote down her memories.  Here she describes how her Dad (Apa), chief engineer of the local ironworks, was removed from his job by the Romanians, and how the family – she, her two sisters (Vivy and Dusi), her brother Raul, and Apa had to leave Transylvania, joining the estimated three hundred thousand  repatriated from the areas which after the dictated Treaty of Trianon were under foreign national jurisdiction.

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Vajk Edit

My Reminiscences of a Great Lady

Grandma Zsuzsi with Lilly and Charlie on their anniversary
My Reminiscences of a Great Lady

“She was a true lady.  She was elegant, sophisticated, a linguist and a historian, with a tremendous interest in genealogy and family history...” In addition, this 96 year-old lady was also a legendary cook.

 

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Charles Bálintitt Jr.

It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

It’s a Small World!

Hungarian Dancing Couple, by Scott Kish
It’s a Small World!

Nowadays, Kicsi a világ encounters don’t necessarily happen in person, but may occur on the internet.  As happened to us recently.

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viola vonfi

Did you know...
Did you know...

... that we have a prize-winning space photographer and a virus-inspired hearing “aid” this time?

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