AHF Action Alert: April 9, 2008
Benes Decrees Petition Drive! Only a few days left! On September 20, 2007, the Slovak Parliament adopted a resolution proposed by extremist
Jan Slota ratifying and confirming the Benes decrees. Slota said "Hungarians are the cancer of the Slovak nation, without delay we need to remove them from the body of the nation." This is unacceptable.
Make your feelings known. Signed petitions will be delivered to the European Parliament on April 22nd. The American Hungarian Federation is planning an extended petition drive to coincide with a planned symposium in US Congress in September.
About the Benes Decrees:
The peace treaty of Trianon (1920) resulted in the dismemberment of the thousand-year-old Hungarian Kingdom. The consequence to Hungary was a loss of 71.5% of its territory and 63.6% of its population. Trianon forced three and a half million Magyars to live, without their consent, in Czechoslovakia, the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenians (Yugoslavia), and Rumania, with the stroke of a pen. The right of self-determination of nations, solemnly promised in the 14 points of US President Woodrow Wilson, was forgotten.
There are presently about 578,000 ethnic Hungarians, or Magyars, living in scattered settlements along the southern border areas of the Slovakia and constitute the largest ethnic minority in the country. This is 10.8% of the Slovak Republic's population of 5,353,000 as estimated from a 1991 census and country population review from the UN. These numbers are easily argued as many ethnic Hungarians do not self-identify to avoid discrimination. In either case, these Magyars are what remains of the Hungarians in what was "Upper Hungary" for about 1000 years until 1919, when "Czechoslovakia" was created.
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MAGYAR BÁL INVITATION / MEGHIVÓ: April 12th, 2008!The Annual Hungarian Spring Ball - A very special evening benefitting the Hungarian Scouts of Washington and AHF's 2008 programs. The phenomenal New York Continental Band and traditional dance performance by local scouts will make for another very special evening of dancing and debutantes.
$120 Tickets may be ordered ONLINE!
INVITATION / MEGHIVÓ: May 17th, 2008! 24th Semi-Annual Hungarian Picnic!
Kedves Los Angeles-i Magyarok!!
Tavaly összel a szlovák parlament elé került a Benes dekrétum kérdése, amely dekrétum a II. világháború után a magyarokat és a szudéta németeket egységesen megbélyegezte, állampolgárságuktól, vagyonuktól megfosztotta. A szlovákiai magyarságot 1945 és '48 között szervezett, programozott népirtással pusztították. A mostani szlovák parlament nemhogy nem itélte el az akkori bünöket, hanem megerösitette a Benes dekrétumot. A szlovák politikát bizonyos értelemben - a Benes-dekrétumokhoz való görcsös ragaszkodással - ma is a kollektív bűnösség elvének elfogadása jellemzi, a magyar nemzet hallgatólagos megbélyegzése.
Ez ellen készül a világ magyarságának összefogása
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