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The Assassination that Sparked World War I

A blow-by-blow account of those two shots that changed the history, not only of Hungary but also of Europe – and even of the world! – in a remote corner of the Balkans. 

 

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Erika Papp Faber

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Count István Tisza
World War I: the Ministerial Council

Before starting to present the background of how Hungary became involved in World War I,  I must emphasize that there are libraries full of material, detailing all the diplomatic finagling that went on behind the scenes before the actual declaration of war at the end of July 1914. It is next to impossible to sift  through all the diplomatic notes, memoranda, letters and messages exchanged among the Austro-Hungarian, German, British and Russian diplomats and heads of state, and to reduce this overwhelming wealth of information to an understandable report of the most basic facts. So I beg the reader’s patience and understanding for the complicated task I have undertaken. Thank you!

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Erika Papp Faber

 American-Hungarian Community

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Mickey Mouse’s Magyar Roots?

To state that the mother of Mickey Mouse was Hungarian might be stretching it a little…Yet, without Margaret Winkler’s visionary sense for art and business, Walt Disney may have never emerged to the kingdom of the Hollywood film industry almost a hundred years ago, flourishing even posthumously to the present day.  This amazing discovery was not heralded by some Hungarian publication, but by the very popular American magazine Newsweek, in December 2019, under the title: “The Hungarian Immigrant Who Funded Walt Disney”.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

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Rev. Kiss Gábor, SJ
Rev. Kiss Gábor, SJ – May He Rest in Peace!

Although he spent only 19 years of his long priestly service as Pastor at Szt. Margit Church in Yonkers, many of us from the New York area still remember Fr. Kiss (sometimes spelled Kish), who passed away on December 23rd, 2019.  (Szt. Margit Church was closed in 2007.)

 

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Cafe Budapest
For the 67th time, the Pannonia Hungarian-American Club will be hosting its fund-raiser "Cafe Budapest" to support college students of Hungarian by offering scholarships.   See the full story...

 Magyar News Classics

Tea with Liszt
The original article was printed in the February 2001 issue of Magyar News See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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February 2nd : Gyertyaszentelő or Karolina

In the Christian calendar, the 2nd of February is marked as the Virgin Mary’s purification day.  In Hungary, we call that day “Gyertyaszentelő Boldogasszony”, or just “Gyertyaszentelő” (Candlemas in English).  On this day, 40 days after Jesus was born, Mary took Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem.  Simeon called Jesus the “Light of Nations”.

There are many traditions tied to this day.  One is that the newborn child was considered a pagan until its Baptism, and a burning candle was placed next to its bed.

If the bear came out of his den on February 2nd (in the U.S., the ground hog) and saw his shadow, he went back to sleep some more, because winter would last many more days.

To me February 2nd means something different: It is my mother’s name day.

 

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Karolina Tima Szabó

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Méry Margit and Stubendek István
High Achievement of the Concordia Chorus of Komárom

It was my extreme pleasure to read the story about the prize the Concordia Chorus, and Conductor Stubendek István received recently.

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Karolina Tima Szabó

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Magyar Treasures: The Illuminated Chronicle

In its eleven-hundred-year history, Hungary created many unique cultural treasures. We will look at some of them in this and upcoming issues, without following any historic order or timeline. 

Chronicles were a medieval literary form, recording historical events in sequence. Dating to the 14th century, but drawing on earlier sources, they were the first formal descriptions of Hungarian history.

The first Magyar Treasure we will consider is The Illuminated Chronicle, composed in Latin, by an anonymous author. Some have tried to identify him as Kálti Márk, a canon at Székesfehárvár, but this is mere conjecture.  It was transcribed at the court of King Lajos the Great (reigned 1342-1382). 

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Erika Papp Faber

Isten oltó-kése / God’s Pruning Knife

In this mild poem born of his sickness, Tóth Árpád declares that he accepts God’s ”pruning knife” at work on his insides, because it prompts him to create new beauty in His service. 

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Tóth Árpád

 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Did you know...

... that we have again upheld our waterpolo tradition, or that a famous Budapest landmark may change its function? 

 

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It's a Small World!

According  to  statistics,  there  are  about  15  million  Hungarians in  the  world,  but  only  about  10  million  of  them  live  in  Hungary.  The  rest  of  us  live  in  the  neighboring   countries  ("Nagymagyarország") or  anywhere,  everywhere  in  the  world.  So,  no  matter  where  you are,  do  not  be  surprised  if  someone  near  you  "speaks  the  same language"! 

 

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László Oroszlány