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Hungary Past and Present

Petőfi’s Widow Rehabilitated

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

II. Rákóczi Ferenc – part II

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