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*Memorial plaque in honor of the Hungarian
Revolution of 1956, erected at the Fairfield,CT
own Hall by Magyar Studies of America
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This piece by Pongrátz Gergely has been translated from the book Corvin köz – 1956 (Corvin Passage). He was Commander of the volunteers fighting the Russians at what was perhaps the best known center of resistance in Budapest in the 1956 Revolution. (See map with article) This episode took place on November 2nd, when it still seemed as if the Revolution had been successful.
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|Dr. Alexander Havadtoy (1924 – 2019)|
We have to say good-bye now to a very prominent member of our community, well-known and respected not only in the immediate Connecticut area, but also in Transylvania and Canada. Eternal rest grant unto him, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace! See the full story...
|October 23rd Remembrance in Fairfield, CT|
A very light drizzle was falling as we gathered at Fairfield Town Hall to place flowers at the 1956 memorial plaque on October 20th. . Rev. Tibor Király of the Calvin United Church of Christ gave the invocation. Consul Peter B. Nagy, Counselor of National Cohesion, brought a wreath from the New York Consulate General, and gave the keynote speech during the program which followed in the hall of the Fairfield Historical Society.
In his speech, Consul Nagy pointed out that, in 1956, ”this small nation gave an example to every country in the world, to the West famous for its freedom, as well as to the East suffering from oppression. Hungary accomplished one of the greatest acts of heroism of modern times when it expressed its desire for independence, its faith in freedom and stood up against tyranny. We revolted not only against a dictatorship, but also against lies and fear...
”Should our faith and confidence sometimes wane, let us derive strength from those who went before us. Let us learn the determination of the university students of Szeged, of the youngsters of Pest... May their courage be our compass... May we all have the strength for quiet building, that those coming after us may be proud of our deeds in this diaspora...” See the full story...
A 1956 Hero Recognized as Vitéz
Gyula Gyenis, whom the Hungarians of Fairfield, CT will remember as the speaker at the October 23rd commemoration in 2017, has just been recognized as Vitéz, for his role in the Revolution of 1956. See the full story...
This wonderful Hungarian cake was invented in the 19th century by an unknown confectioner, and it was named after Prince Paul III Anton Eszterházy de Galántha.
The number of layers is usually 5 or 6. The cake layers don’t contain flour, consist only of sugar, egg whites and ground walnuts or almonds.
The filling is a cooked vanilla cream combined with butter. It can be flavored with rum or other liquor.
The torte can be recognized by the decorations of the top, which is made out of fondant, or white chocolate icing and dark chocolate spider web like decoration. See the full story...
Kőrösi Csoma Sándor
Bust of Kőrösi Csoma Sándor in his native village of Csomakőrös (photo by EPF). His tomb in Darjeeling.
More and more people nowadays are trying to explore their roots. Companies offer services to help in their endeavors, using their DNA in the exploration of their origins. Two hundred years ago this month, a most remarkable Hungarian explorer, philologist and linguist set off to Asia to find the origins and homeland of the nation, the Magyars. In order to follow this complicated pilgrimage, it is advisable to have a map or globe on hand. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
Two Counties’ Coat of Arms
Coat-of-arms of Szolnok-Doboka and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok
Each of the 64 (71?) counties in pre-World War I Hungary had its own coat of arms. The variety of elements used in their composition has always held great fascination for me. Some elements are repeated in the escutcheons (shields) of different counties.
Here we present two such coats of arms, of counties in different areas, with some similar major components. But in no way is this meant as a scholarly study; it is merely a layman’s look at curious coincidences. See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber
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