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Boldog Anyák Napját kivánunk minden Édesanyának!

Happy Mother's Day!

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World War I, the Beginning of the End

Bells waiting to be melted down into cannons
World War I, the Beginning of the End

To say that for Hungary, the time of World War I and its aftermath were turbulent, is a gross understatement. Not only was the country weakened by the enormous number of war casualties (as compared to the number of enlisted men), but it was further demoralized by invasions into its sovereign territory by various national minorities that had declared themselves independent states, and whose rampaging and looting were encouraged by the Entente powers. Combined with the breakdown of the political system, the ravages of the Spanish flu, the social and political unrest, the scene was set for the establishment of a Communist interregnum.

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Erika Papp Faber

Károlyi Mihály at the Helm
Károlyi Mihály at the Helm

He was born into one of the wealthiest Hungarian aristocratic families, and became a member of Parliament in  1910.  In the turbulent time at the end of World War I, he was named Prime Minister on October 31st, 1918. Probably his biggest mistake was naming Linder Béla to be Minister of Defense.  Because it was Linder who dissolved the still intact Hungarian army.   

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EPF

Deposing the Habsburgs – Four Times

Lest anyone think Hungarians meekly allowed themselves to be ruled by the Habsburgs for 400 years – 1526-1921 – here are four examples – one in every century – when they attempted to get rid of their foreign overlords. In addition, they also revolted against the Habsburgs, twice – 1703-1711 and 1848-49.

But some people just can’t see when they’re not wanted!

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Magyar Treasures: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő

Ornate façade of Gödöllő royal palace
Magyar Treasures: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő
Hungary had many castles and palaces, but none surpassed the magnificence of the royal palace of Gödöllő.                                         See the full story...
Judit Vasmatics Paolini