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Novemberben

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was successful for a few days in October, but November brought back the Russian tanks and the total suppression of hard-won freedom.  This poem deals with the somberness of the month. 

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Zas (Szász) Lóránt

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"Dedicated in grateful remembrance of the fallen heroes of the Hungarian Revolution, who gave their lives for freedom from Communist dictatorship in the autumn of 1956"
New ’56 Memorial in New York

Memorials honoring the Freedom Fighters of 1956 have been erected in many cities. But until now, there has not been one in what some people consider the center of the world, New York City.  One has finally been presented to the public on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.

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viola vonfi

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Leading Consul Király Zsuzsanna with Consulate's wreath added to the Fairfield plaque
60th Anniversary Observances of 1956 Here and There

Around the world, Hungarians observed with special feeling the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. Here we describe a few of them held in the US. 

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EPF

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Lynette and László Laky
Dallas-Fort Worth Hungarians Commemorate 1956 Revolution

As in most Hungarian communities, the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution was remembered by festivities in Texas too.

 

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László Tibor Laky

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Iron Curtain Memorial

This past summer, our Webmaster, Karolina Tima Szabo visited the Iron Curtain Memorial at Hegykő.  The visitor can see a guard tower that had been manned 24/7, and the barbed wire which had sealed off Hungary from the West for 41 years.  Here we have transcribed the four English explanatory tablets set up for visitors to the site.   

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 American-Hungarian Community

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A Call for Help – Árpádhon Hungarian Settlement

This community near Baton Rouge, Louisiana suffered a devastating flood in mid-August. The call for help did not reach us until mid-October, but help is still needed for restoration of their facility. They are most grateful for any assistance.

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(photo courtesy of Carrol Fencil)
Invitation to St. Emery's Feast

In Fairfield, CT, at St. Emery’s Church on Kings Highway East, his feast day will be observed this year on November 6th.  Please help celebrate!

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 Magyar News Classics

National Memorial Park: Opusztaszer
The original article was printed in the November 1996 issue of Magyar News.  See the full story...
Aliz and Zoli Kakas

 Arts and Culture

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Széchenyi at Döbling
Széchenyi: Sad End of the Great Visionary

In this, the tenth article on Count Széchenyi István, commemorating the 225th anniversary of his birth, we look at the end of his political career, his confinement to a mental institution, and the circumstances of his death.  Next month we will conclude our series with an overview of his life and work.

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Erika Papp Faber

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Rhédey Palace
The Hungarian State Theatre of Kolozsvár

Under the Habsburg regime, only German language theatrical performances were permitted in Hungary. With the awakening of national consciousness towards the end of the 18th century, traveling theatre companies sprang up, offering amateur productions, but in the language of the people. (Petőfi had joined one such troupe for a while.) 

In Kolozsvár, Transylvania, a German theater company was established in 1788, even though Germans accounted for a mere 10 percent of the population. So it was an important step when, in 1792, the Hungarian State Theatre of Kolozsvár was formed. Here is its story. 

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Charles Bálintitt, Jr.

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CERBERUS, THE WATCH CAT

Though the spooks and goblins of Halloween are gone, a black cat was still found lurking in the cherished memories of decades long past.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

Looking at Photographs.../ Nézem a fényképeket ...

November is a time to remember – especially those whom we held near and dear.  Here are some of my thoughts during this season.

 

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Erika Papp Faber

St. Imre's Fair in our Town
Although almost totally faded away by now, fairs had been the highlights of village life.  Karolina's sister recalls the fairs of her youth. See the full story...
Dora Tima Irma

Animal References – 2

As we mentioned previously, Hungarian often makes reference to animals in words and expressions that may have nothing to do with the named critters. Her are some more.

 

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Erika Papp Faber and Olga Vállay Szokolay

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Kürtőskalács – a Transylvanian wedding pastry

This traditional pastry, translated as “chimney cake”, has become very popular not only in Hungary, but also in the United States (see the “Did you know...” section of this issue). Here is a recipe taken from Péter Jánosné Süteménykönyve.

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 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Kicsi a világ! It’s a Small World!

The real lingua franca today is Hungarian!

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Ili Osztrovszki

Did you know...

...that our ”chimney cake” is becoming popular around the world? Or that the designer of the Atlanta Falcons’ statue is a Hungarian?  Read about these and other items here. 

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