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12/12/2012 - The Hungarian Scholarship Fund (HSF) / Magyar Ösztöndíjalap surpasses $400,000.00. AHF's Hungarian American Education and Cultural Preservation Fund (Amerikai Magyar Oktatási és Kultúrális Alap (AMOKA) supports the HSF. Founded by AHF Board Member, Prof. Bela Bognar, the HSF supports students who are economically disadvantaged and live in Hungary and in the countries which were separated from Hungary at the Treaty of Trianon which cost Hungary 2/3 of her territory, 1/3 of her Hungarian population and vast natural resources.
To date, almost 140 ethnic-Hungarian students from Hungary, Transylvania, Slovakia, Transcarpathian Ukraine, and Vojvodina, Serbia (Vajdasag in Hungarian, annexed by Serbia) have benefitted from the HSF. [read more & HELP!]
11/28/2012 - AHF Members React to Anti-Semitic Statement by a Hungarian far-right politician urging the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a "national security risk." AHF applauds the government for promptly condemning the statement and speaking out against "extremist, racist, anti-Semitic voices of any kind."
An excerpt from the statement::
"Kövér László, a Magyar Országgyulés Elnöke!
Mi, az Egyesült Államokban és Kanadában élő magyarok és magyarul beszélők, politikai meggyőződésre való tekintet nélkül a leghatározottabban tiltakozunk az ellen, hogy Gyöngyösi Márton Jobbikos képviselő rasszista hozzászólását a magyar országgyulés tagjai a november 26-i ülésen pisszenés nélkül fogadták. Emlékeztetjük a honatyákat arra, hogy Magyarország becsületéről van szó; nem akarunk szégyenkezni szülőhazánk miatt."
11/15/2012 - Putting principle over politics, a cross-section of the Hungarian American community issued a statement regarding unwarranted attacks against former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Geza Jeszenszky: "We the undersigned are not only familiar with the writings of Geza Jeszenszky but have known him for years and spent many hours in his company. In his public statements and private conversations we have never heard him expressing racist views of any kind, not even subtle or light-hearted comments that some people allow themselves after hours in Hungary as well as in the United States. To the contrary, he has been a model professor and public servant espousing nondiscrimination and diversity as indispensable in a democracy."
The co-signers, some AHF members, include accomplished professionals in such fields as: journalism, economics, law, medicine, science, civil service, academia, and labor. Some are liberals while others are conservatives. As one of the co-signers noted, “whether liberal or conservative, it is apparent that we can promote democracy in Hungary, by serving as examples, respecting political pluralism and debating differences on their merits not through ad hominem attacks and labeling, as unfortunately occurred in the Jeszenszky matter.” [read more]
Featured Books & Articles
T. Zane Reeves: "Shoes Along the Danube." Based on a true story, this amazing book follows the lives of two extended Hungarian families, the Rézlers and the Földes, one gentile and the other Jewish, through three decades. The story begins in pre-World War II Budapest, as increasing fascism and anti-Semitism lead Hungary to become an ally of Germany. In 1944, Germany invades Hungary to exterminate Europe’s last remaining group of Jews at the infamous Auschwitz death camp. The story builds through the siege of Budapest, the Russian occupation of Hungary, and separation by exile. It includes the story of Col. Ferenc Koszorus and the battle against Nazi forces. Buy [his books] and other products on the AHF Amazon Store
How did a wine from a remote corner of Europe gain unparalleled fame worldwide? This is the central question answered on virtually every page of Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition, a new book that promises to be a touchstone for all future writing on Tokaji. The world's first botrytis wine, Hungary's Tokaji won an enviable reputation centuries ago. But never before have the development of its winetypes and the story of its ups and downs in fame and prestige been presented so fully in English. [read more] or Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
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Miles Lambert-Gocs: "Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition: A Journey into Tokaji Wine History." Wine Spectator called it "the most comprehensive reference book on Tokaji available in the English language." [read more] and Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store
Kitty Gogins: "My flag Grew Stars" by [Read more] about the book or purchase the book on
Simon, Paul M: "The Old lady and the Fawn," the first bilingual edition of "Öreg néne ozikéje" (Hungarian)
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Rebecca McEldowney's "Soul of Flesh: A Novel of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution" [read more]
Dr. Katalin Kadar Lynn's "Tibor Eckhardt in His Own Words: An Autobiography" [read more]
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1990: Kossuth in the US Capitol:
To celebrate and commemorate the friendship and shared values between the people of the United States and those of Hungarian descent, The American Hungarian Federation commissioned a bronze bust of Lajos Kossuth and offered it to U.S. Congress. House Concurrent Resolution 251 (Introduced by Congressman Tom Lantos,
cosponsored by Congressman William Broomfield and a Senate support motion
by Sen. Pell) called for placement of the statue in the US Capitol. It
was adopted on Feb 27, 1990 (House) and March 1 (Senate).
Naomi Halas, D.Sci, Ph.D.:
Dr. Naomi Halas (Halász) is the Stanley C. Moore Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University where she holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Bioengineering and leads the Halas Research Group for Nanoengineered Photonics and Plasmonics. She is a pioneering nanotechnologist seeking practical applications for her work.
She is known as the inventor of nanoparticles with tunable optical properties controlled by their shape and structure and pursues fundamental studies of light-nanoparticle interactions that give rise to new properties and effects, leading to useful applications in biomedicine, chemical sensing, and energy. Her "gold nanoshells" (tiny glass nanoparticles coated in gold) are
so small that 1,000 would fit across the width of a human hair and absorb large amounts of light, resulting in a dramatic rise in their temperature. They interact with the widest possible spectrum of sunlight energy and can be tuned to absorb specific wavelengths of light. For example, when light passes harmlessly through the human body, that light hits the injested nanoshells where they grow hot enough to burn away targeted nearby tissue such as a tumor. Later research revealed this same behavior could turn ice water into steam with sunlight, leading to far-reaching implications for disinfection, water distillation and desalinization, and green energy. With over 200 publication and election to Fellow of the American Physical Society, Dr. Halas' scientific career and history of innovation is nothing less then remarkable and a great source of pride for the Hungarian-American community.
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The DVD now available online! Order your copy of Freedom Dance!
"Freedom Dance" re-tells the inspiring story of a Hungarian-born artist named Edward Hilbert who (with his newly wedded wife, Judy) made a dangerous escape from occupied Hungary in 1956 during the violent Hungarian Revolution, taking refuge in the land of Edward's dreams: America! This remarkable story of faith and courage, uniquely animated, can be yours for only $20.
[Read more] about this unique film by AHF member and Grammy-nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer or [Click here] to place your order with your credit card or PayPal account. If you would like to pay by check, [email] the producer for details. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
A new two volume work by the former Polish ambassador to Hungary, Grzegorz Łubczyk and his wife Krystyna under the patronage of the Polish president, document the story of the Polish refugees in Hungary in Emlékezés (Pamięć or Rememberance) Polish Refugees in Hungary 1939-1946. The first volume gives an overview of what transpired and the second volume gives personal stories of many of the nearly 120,000 Polish refugees who were granted redoubt at nearly 200 locations scattered throughout Hungary. [Read the AHF Book Review] by Csaba Zoltani.
The American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA) will hold its 38th Annual Conference from 2 May through 5 May 2013 at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. We welcome participation by academic scholars, independent scholars, other educators, and graduate students who are devoted to the teaching, research, and dissemination of Hungarian culture, history, folklore, literature, language, fine arts, and music. Presenters must be or become members of AHEA to have their names appear on the program.
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