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Föltámadott a tenger...

The Hungarian Revolution broke out on March 15th, 1848. Petőfi wrote this allegoric poem at the end of March, in response to rumors that the king was about to withdraw his promise of an independent national government. This rumor was confirmed by an ordinance issued on March 28th.  Consequently, the newly named Hungarian Prime Minister, Count Batthyány Lajos resigned, and Petőfi and his friends, the "Youth of March" called on the people to take up arms.  A new revolt was in the making, which Petőfi saw as proof of the power of the people.  His verses celebrate their victory. 

In the poem, the sea represents the people, the storm stands for the revolution, the ship being tossed about is the ruling class and the king.  Petőfi speaks of "peoples", since the Hungarian Revolution was only one of numerous uprisings across Europe at the time.  Therefore the poem is addressed to all rulers who oppress their people.  


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Petőfi Sándor

 American-Hungarian Community

1848 Magyar Forradalom Emlékünnepély
The Hungarian Community Club along with the Pannonia Club, the Hungarian Cultural Society of Connecticut, and the Hungarian Church of Fairfield, invite you to a commemorative program to mark the anniversary of the 1848 War of Independence.  The event will take place on Sunday, March 17th at 3:30 pm.  See the full story...

Ünnepi megemlékezés a new york-i Magyar Házban See the full story...

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Ally Szabo and her Escort Beau Dragone
Café Budapest 2019, My Debutante Ball

Some 69 years, ago a few young Hungarian refugees started the Pannonia American-Hungarian Club in Fairfield, CT .  A few years after, during farsang, they organized a ball.  That was the first Café Budapest Ball; of course the name came later.

On Saturday, February 23rd the Pannonia Club organized the 66th Café Budapest Debutante Ball at Waterview, located on picturesque Lake Zoar in Monroe.  After cocktails we moved into the elegant dining room where Dr. Balázs Somogyi, Master of Ceremonies welcomed the guests and introduced Valéria Miklós, the Club’s President.  Dr. Imre Szakács, Consul, represented the Consulate General of Hungary of New York.  He read a message from Dr. István Pásztor, Consul General.

Every year, the Club gives out scholarships to “Hungarian-American youth who entered higher-level education and who as children have actively participated in our community”.  This year, Claudia Margitay Balogh presented the Justin Margitay Balogh Scholarship to two young college students, Lilianna Giaume, and Erik Mihok, wishing them much success!

Following the scholarship presentation, Dr. Somogyi introduced this year’s Debutantes and their Escorts.  Ally Szabo, one of the Debutantes shares her experience at the Ball. 

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Ally Szabo

Michigan White Rose Ball
The White Rose Ball of the Hungarian Arts  Club of Detroit has a history dating back to 1958.  It was held again this year in Dearborm, MI on February 2nd.  We are pleased to bring a report on the festivities. See the full story...
Laura A. Kuczajda

 Magyar News Classics

From Kossuth Banko to Hungarian Fund
The original article was printed in the March 1999 issue of Magyar News See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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Mága Zoltán at Carnegie Hall
Zoltán Mága and the Budapest Gypsy Virtuosi will be performing in Carnegie Hall on April 11th. See the full story...

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Florence, Lady Baker
Florence Baker, a Nearly Forgotten Hungarian Explorer

Florence, Lady Baker or Barbara Szasz; Maria Freiin von Sass; Barbara Szasz, Barbara Maria Szasz, Sass Flóra  (August 6, 1841-March 11, 1916), was a Hungarian-British explorer.  Born in Nagyenyed, Háromszék, Transylvania (then Austro-Hungarian Empire), she became an orphan and was sold as a slave to Samuel Baker.  Together they went on a four year expedition to search for the source of the Nile and discovered Lake Albert.  When they returned to Baker’s home in England they married in 1864, Sam  was knighted by Queen Victoria the following year and she became Lady Baker.  In 1869, she returned to Africa with her husband to put down the slave trade.  They both retired and died in Devon, England.  This is her life story in a nutshell.

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Éva Wajda

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Two mammoths at the Buda Mammut mall
Pécs Mammoth Exhibit Opens

Remains of a mammoth discovered in a sand pit at Pécsbányatelep in 1928 will go on exhibit at the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs on March 1st this year. It will be open to visitors until May 30th.



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viola vonfi

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Bonyhádi Perczel Miklós
Perczel Miklós - Fought for Freedom on Two Continents

The thirst for freedom is unquenchable, and many have fought untiringly to achieve and preserve that freedom.  As we commemorate the outbreak of the 1848-49 Revolution and Freedom Fight this month, let us look at one of the leading men who took part in that fight – and could not stop  battling for freedom.

After the Hungarian Freedom Fight was put down by the Habsburgs with Russian help, many officers escaped retribution by coming to the United States. When a dozen years later the Civil War broke out in America, a good number of them took part in it, mostly on the side of the North.  Among them was Perczel Miklós, known here as Nicholas Perczel. This is his story in brief.

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Some Like it Hot

Believe it or not, but “Some Like It Hot”, that unforgettable comedy was originally a Hungarian movie! Read on to find out how it happened.



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Olga Vállay Szokolay

Fish in Wine

With Lent starting on March 6th this nyear, here is an easy lenten recipe.


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 Hungary Past and Present

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Szendrey Júlia
Petőfi’s Widow Rehabilitated

From the time of her death, Szendrey Júlia had been characterized as the epitome of unfaithfulness to her husband’s memory, fulfilling Petőfi’s projection, in his poem ”The End of September”, of her ”throwing off her veil of deep mourning” for another man soon after his death.  But her letters and diary, which were discovered only in the 1920s, laid bare the truth of a viciously maligned widow.  

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Erika Papp Faber

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II. Rákóczi Ferenc
II. Rákóczi Ferenc – part II

In our February issue, we looked at the events leading up to the appearance of II. Rákóczi Ferenc on the scene.  Here we will follow his rise and fall in Hungarian history. 

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Erika Papp Faber

 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Did you know...
... that we once again have some film-related  and other items ? See the full story...