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AHF Chairman presented with the Gabor Bethlen Award: Photo courtesy MTI11/18/2016 - AHF Chairman receives Gábor Bethlen Award: AHF Chairman, Frank Koszorus, was honored for his service to the Hungarian-American community and decades long work on autonomy and minority rights for Rumania's 1.5 million-strong Hungarian community in Transylvania. Hungarian Parliamentary Vice-President, Sándor Lezsák presented the award. [Read more and see his comments in Hungarian]


AHF thanks US Ambassador for his "moral and political courage in being photographed with the Szekler flag"10/25/2016 - AHF sends follow up to US Ambassador to Rumania for praising Rumania's "model democracy." "Considering the irrefutable record of discrimination, intolerance, and anti-democratic attitudes, practices and policies by Romanian authorities, not to mention your experience relative to the Szekely flag, we are puzzled... by your statement last week praising Romania for being a model of democracy and observing the rights of minorities. [read more]


AHF co-sponsored a temporary “Exhibition at the United States Congress Commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight."10/18/2016 - AHF co-sponsors temporary “Exhibition at the United States Congress Commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight." Our Federation honors the heroes of 1956 today as we did during those fateful days when AHF activated its Hungarian Relief Program, raised over $525,000 -- $4.5 million in today’s dollars – and worked closely with the International Rescue Committee and others, to aid in the refugee resettlement effort. [read more]


AHF Chairman addresses National Defense University on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution10/13/2016 - AHF Chairman addresses National Defense University on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. "I remember that as I matured, the often articulated view that 'well, we couldn’t go to war over Hungary' somehow didn’t quite sound right to me." [read more]


In 2004, the Szekler National Council (SNC) created an emblem for the Szeklers of Transylvania, the descendants of the original Hungarian settlers. On a light blue background with a horizontal gold bar in the middle and an eight pronged gold star representing the eight Szekler regional jurisdictions and with the crescent moon next to it symbolizing the Szekler belief of a better future. The symbolism is derived from a 1659 seal of the National Assembly of Transylvania.October issue of Transylvania Today - Hungarian minority rights continue to be limited throughout Transylvania, but the people’s resolve remains strong and has been encouraged by the recent visit of the American Ambassador to Romania. [read more]


Mit üzen a múlt a jövőnek? Külföld, vélemény, belföld, USA, 1956, történelem, 1944, Koszorús Ferenc, Szovjetunió, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles. "Ennek a kormányzatnak a cselekvőképtelensége, ötlettelensége, a helyzet hallgatólagos elfogadása meggyőzte a szovjeteket, hogy a magyar forradalom és bármilyen utólagos lázadás leverésével vajmi keveset kockáztatnak." 10/18/2016 - Mit üzen a múlt a jövőnek? Külföld, vélemény, belföld, USA, 1956, történelem, 1944, Koszorús Ferenc, Szovjetunió, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles. "Ennek a kormányzatnak a cselekvőképtelensége, ötlettelensége, a helyzet hallgatólagos elfogadása meggyőzte a szovjeteket, hogy a magyar forradalom és bármilyen utólagos lázadás leverésével vajmi keveset kockáztatnak." [tovább a Mandiner-hez] [a cikk leltöltése]


Heti Válasz: Abszurd vádak a székely zászlót felvállaló amerikai nagykövet ellen:
9/30/2016 - Abszurd vádak a székely zászlót felvállaló amerikai nagykövet ellen: Míg az eseményt hevesen támadták Romániában, addig a magyar kisebbségi jogokért harcolók dicsérték. Közéjük tartozott az Amerikai Magyar Szövetség, amely levélben köszönte meg a nagykövet morális és politikai bátorságát. [tovább]


AHF thanks US Ambassador for his "moral and political courage in being photographed with the Szekler flag"9/29/2016 - The "Hungarian Free Press" attacked AHF for supporting a senior American diplomat who had the wisdom and courage to pose with the Szekely flag. While it is our general policy not to respond to such attacks, we make an exception when appropriate.
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AHF thanks US Ambassador for his "moral and political courage in being photographed with the Szekler flag"9/15/2016 - AHF thanks US Ambassador for his "moral and political courage in being photographed with the Szekler flag... It is unacceptable for Romania to stifle measures by the Hungarian minority, such as using the Szekler flag, to preserve their unique culture in their ancient homeland and to overcome the effects of discrimination, persecution, and in some instances violence they have faced." [read more]


Hungarian populations declined significantly after forced removals such as the Benes Decrees and other pograms, the effects of WWI, and Trianon in 1920. With continued pressure and discriminative policies sucha s the 2009 Slovak Language Law, this trend continued over the past 90 years.9/13/2016 - AHF issues statement on Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe. Throughout its more than 100 year old existence, AHF has decried and vigorously opposed manifestations of xenophobia, discrimination, racism and hate directed at national, ethnic, racial and religious minorities, including but not limited to expressions of anti-Semitism and hate speech directed against any minority group. Sadly the rights of Hungarian minorities have been largely ignored. [read more]


9/11/2016 - AHF honors the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. We will never forget.


AHF participates in drafting Central and East European Coalition Fall 2016 Policy Paper.8/8/2016 - With the active participation of AHF, the Central and East European Coalition issued a statement reaffirming the need for strong U.S. leadership in Europe. "The security of the United States lies in the peaceful expansion of democracy, not in the appeasement of aggressor states making imperial claims." [read more]


In 2004, the Szekler National Council (SNC) created an emblem for the Szeklers of Transylvania, the descendants of the original Hungarian settlers. On a light blue background with a horizontal gold bar in the middle and an eight pronged gold star representing the eight Szekler regional jurisdictions and with the crescent moon next to it symbolizing the Szekler belief of a better future. The symbolism is derived from a 1659 seal of the National Assembly of Transylvania.AHF Launches New Transylvania Quarterly - Founded over 100 years ago, the American Hungarian Federation (“AHF”) has for decades promoted human and minority rights, including the rights of Hungarians living in the countries neighboring Hungary.

AHF's International Relations Committee is proud to announce, consistent with and in furtherance of its continuing and long-standing tradition and mission, AHF has launched a new initiative -- quarterly updates relating to the Hungarian minority in Transylvania. [read more]


AHF and PAC address Bill Clinton's Hungary remarks5/18/2016 - AHF and PAC address Bill Clinton's Hungary remarks: The Presidents of the American Hungarian Federation and the Polish American Congress issue a joint statement objecting to the collective characterization by former President Bill Clinton of the Hungarian and Polish people as tired of democracy and desirous of “authoritarian dictatorship.” [read more]


AHF attends Friends of Hungary Conference, attends meeting with US Amb. Colleen Bell and submits letter5/6/2016 - AHF attends Friends of Hungary Conference, attends meeting with US Amb. Colleen Bell and submits letter: The Friends of Hungary Foundation held its third conference in Budapest on May 6 -8. Frank Koszorus, Jr., President of the American Hungarian Federation, attended the event along with  Federation  members and officers, Andras Ludanyi, Gyula Balogh, Zsuzsa Dreisziger, and Katalin Kadar Lynn. [read more]


AHF participates in drafting Central and East European Coalition Fall 2016 Policy Paper.5/1/2016 - AHF participates in drafting Central and East European Coalition Spring 2016 Policy Paper. The 2016 brief addresses Ukraine; NATO and Security in Central and Eastern Europe; the Visa Waiver Program and Immigration Reform; Energy Security; Democracy, Human and Minority Rights, the Rule of Law, and the Information War; US Assistance to and Promotion of Regional Democratic Governance; Trade and Economic Integration; Trade and Economic Integration; Energy; and Black Ribbon Day. [read more]


Ujvidek, Vajdasag, Southern Hungary. Now part of Vojvodina in Serbia after annexation at #Trianon3/6/2016 - AHF launches new Twitter account that reminds us of the beauty of Historic Hungary. Follow @regikepek to see historic photos from Historic Hungary across the former pre-Trianon Hungarian lands in the Carpathian basin from Transylvania to today's Ukraine, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia.


"Further Reflections on 19 March 1944 and its Aftermath: A Perfect Storm of Tragedy and Folly"Further Reflections on 19 March 1944 and its Aftermath: A Perfect Storm of Tragedy and Folly: Regarding the history of the Hungarian Holocaust, two fundamental issues should be considered: the unacceptability of “whitewashing” or “cleansing” the Holocaust as well as the unacceptability of ”blackening” history by denying, omitting or belittling rescue initiatives and anti-Nazi activities in Hungary even after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied the country. [read more]


Szekler Independence Day! AHF Leaders joined the Community to show Support for Autonomy of Rumania's ethnic-Hungarian community3/6/2016 -- Szekler Independence Day! AHF Leaders joined the Community to show Support for Autonomy of Rumania's ethnic-Hungarian community... Carrying the Szekely Flag and a sign that read "Autonomy for Szekelyland," the group marched around the White House in Washington, DC, and raised awareness of the situation facing the ethnic-Hungarian community in Rumania. Numerous demonstrations were held in Europe and in North America. [read more]


How Hungary Shrank: Ostensibly in the name of national self-determination, the Treaty dismembered the thousand-year-old Kingdom of Hungary, a self-contained, geographically and economically coherent and durable formation in the Carpathian Basin and boasting the longest lasting historical borders in Europe. It was imposed on Hungary without any negotiation by vengeful leaders who were ignorant or ignored the region’s history, and mercilessly tore that country apart. By drawing artificial borders in gross violation of the ethnic principle, it also transferred over three million indigenous ethnic Hungarians and over 70% of the country's territory to foreign rule.12/15/2015 - AHF responds to James Traub article, “Hungary’s 500-Year-Old Victim Complex,” that appeared in Foreign Policy: "Hungarians share a collective pathology known as the 'Trianon syndrome,' asserts the article. Ever since Trianon, according to the article, Hungarians allegedly have resented the fact that they no longer matter. But what is the real issue?" [read more]


American Hungarian Federation has follow-up meeting with Ambassador Colleen Bell12/3/2015 - American Hungarian Federation has follow-up meeting with Ambassador Colleen Bell... During his stay in Budapest, Mr. Koszorus also met with United States Ambassador Colleen Bell. The purpose of the meeting wasto follow up on AHF’s November 4, 2015 letter to Ambassador Bell in which AHF suggested that U.S. interests – promotion of democracy and human rights, strategic and economic -- may not always be served by public criticisms which are perceived by the man-on-the-street in Hungary, whether a supporter of the government or not, to be demeaning and humiliating. [read more]


12/2/2015 - American Hungarian Federation President attends 5th Hungarian Diaspora Council. The Council is devoted to safeguarding the Hungarian Diaspora physical cultural heritage (museums, Hungariand Houses, libraries, churches, archives). It also focuses on Hungarian language teaching in the various Hungarian Diaspora communities throughout the world. [read more]


12/2/2015: AHF Leaders attend Son of Saul Premier in Washington, D.C. AHF members Irvin Varkonyi and Atilla Kocsis attended the Premier of Academy Award-winning Hungarian film, "Son of Saul," in Washington, DC. In attendance were the current Hungarian ambassador, H.E. Reka Szemerkenyi, along with former ambassador Andras Simonyi and other dignitaries from the community.
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American Hungarian Federation Submits Open letter to Ambassador Bell11/4/2015 - American Hungarian Federation Submits Open letter to Ambassador Bell in which AHF suggested that U.S. interests – promotion of democracy and human rights, strategic and economic - may not always be served by public criticisms which are perceived by the man-on-the-street in Hungary. [read more]


Left to Right: AHF President Frank Koszorus; Hungarian Ambassador Reka Szemerkeny; Rep. Smith; Rep. Dan Lipinski; AHF Chairman Akos Nagy10/22/2015 - AHF organizes Congressional Reception with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation commemorating the 59th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and Honoring Members of Congress. [read more]


8/29/2015 - AHF supported the Dedication of the Chapel of "Our Lady of Hungary" in DC honoring Hungarian-American history in the USA in the magnificent Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception... The Dedication of the Hungarian Chapel fulfils the long aspiration of many to have a Hungarian national shrine in the nation's capital. [read more]


The American Hungarian Federation is especially proud to have sponsored a statue honoring Hungarian Holocaust Hero Col. Ferenc Koszorus7/15/2015 - The American Hungarian Federation is especially proud to have sponsored a statue honoring Hungarian Holocaust Hero Col. Ferenc Koszorus. The unveiling of the bust, sculpted by the internationally recognized artist Imre Varga, took place in July 2015 in Budapest. An extraordinary man, a soldier and a hero, Col. Ferenc Koszorús had his statue unveiled on July 7, 2015 in the Castle Hill district at the Tóth Árpád promenade. [read more]


The American Hungarian Federation was proud to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on June 12 at the Victims of Communism Memorial statue, the "Goddess of Democracy," a replica of statue erected by Chinese dissidents in Tiananmen Square in 1989.6/12/2015 - The American Hungarian Federation was proud to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on June 12 at the Victims of Communism Memorial statue, the "Goddess of Democracy," a replica of statue erected by Chinese dissidents in Tiananmen Square in 1989. 23 embassies, and 26 ethnic and human rights organizations joined 10 Members of Congress and over 300 participants for the annual Victims of Communism Commemoration on Capitol Hill [read more]


2014 Hungarian Ball5/20/2016- SAVE THE DATE: The 11th Annual Hungarian Charity Ball in Washington DC is set for May 20, 2016 and raises funds for worthy causes... Over the past decade, the Ball has raised tens of thousands of dollars supporting programs both in the United States and throughout the Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin. [read more and BUY TICKETS ONLINE]


AHF Book Highlight - Dr. George Szele: "From Hungary With Love"5/21/2015 - AHF Book Review: "From Hungary with Love" by Dr. George Szele. “From Hungary with Love” is a recollection, based of real life events, of a teenage boy living in Hungary during WWII, who witnessed first hand the horrors of the Nazi occupation and cold ruthlessness of communism that the Soviets instilled in Hungary after the war.
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House Committee on Foreign Affairs5/19/2015 -AHF Submits Statement to US Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the "Future of US - Hungarian Relations." The focus of its statement is "(1) the extent to which good relations with Hungary serve the strategic interests of the United States; (2) and the steps the United States can take to maintain and improve its relations with Hungary, including arriving at balanced and informed judgments relating to Hungary." [read more]


Book Signing in Budapest Honoring Holocaust Hero Col. Koszorus. On March 10, 2015, a book signing and reception introducing an excellent volume, "Armored Soldiers for Life: Ferenc Koszorus a Hero of the Holocaust" ("Páncélosokkal az életért: Koszorús Ferenc a Holokauszt hőse"), took place in Budapest. AHF was also a co-sponsor of the book.3/15/2015 - Book Signing in Budapest Honoring Holocaust Hero Col. Koszorus. On March 10, 2015, a book signing and reception introducing an excellent volume, "Armored Soldiers for Life: Ferenc Koszorus a Hero of the Holocaust" ("Páncélosokkal az életért: Koszorús Ferenc a Holokauszt hőse"), took place in Budapest. AHF was also a co-sponsor of the book. [read more]


AHF Honors Holocaust Memorial Month 2015, o-sponsors Concert dedicated to International Holocaust Memorial Day and to Victims of Terrorism in Paris: The concert, held at the Hungarian Embasy in Washington, DC and organized by the Embassy Series, featured George Peachey, piano; Jerome Barry, baritone; and Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello2/5/2015 - AHF Co-sponsors Concert dedicated to International Holocaust Memorial Day and to Victims of Terrorism in Paris: The concert, held at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC and organized by the Embassy Series, featured George Peachey, piano; Jerome Barry, baritone; and Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello; on January 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp where thousands of Hungarian Jews lost their lives. [read more]


Politics.hu publishes OpEd by AHF President, Frank Koszorus, "What is the endgame for U.S.-Hungarian relations?"1/20/2015 - Politics.hu publishes Op-Ed by AHF President, Frank Koszorus, "What is the endgame for U.S.-Hungarian relations?"In a Tweet on January 12, 2015, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Andre Goodfriend quoted Stephen I, the first king of Hungary (975–1038), who urged his son Emeric to welcome foreigners.The Tweet...clearly made in response to the Hungarian Prime Minister's recent policy statement... that Hungary and Europe Politics.hu: American Hungarian Federation slams “unmerited criticism directed at Hungary”should, with the exception of political asylum, curb economic immigration.
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Federation leaders meet with new US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell and Hungarian Desk Officer Ivan Weinstein1/15/2015 - Federation leaders meet with new US Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell and Hungarian Desk Officer Ivan Weinstein. The meeting took place at the State Department and was intended to review American / Hungarian bilateral relations with Ambassador Bell as she prepares to take up her post in Budapest shortly. [read more]

AHF Meets with Kathy Kavalec, Director, U.S. Department of State, Office of Russian Affairs. "Winning instead of alienating public opinion is critical to advance these goals" 12/17/14 - AHF Meets with Kathy Kavalec, Director, U.S. Department of State, Office of Russian Affairs: On December 17, AHF met with Kathy Kavalec, Director, U.S. Department of State, Office of Russian Affairs, to discuss Russia's policies and activities in Central Europe, including Hungary, and U.S. response thereto. "Our Federation believes that good bilateral relations between the United States and Hungary and a strong and united NATO are in the interest of both countries and necessary to meet the formidable challenges posed by Russia in the region," said the Federation's president Frank Koszorus, Jr. "Winning instead of alienating public opinion is critical to advance these goals," he added.


AHF submits letter to Sen. John McCain over his "neo-fascist, dictator" comments12/08/14 - AHF submits letter to Sen. John McCain over his "neo-fascist, dictator" comments: "We agree that Hungary is an important country given the recent, alarming and unacceptable developments in Ukraine and otherwise. We fear that your critical characterization of Hungary last week was unjustified and unbalanced and your labeling its prime minister a neo-fascist dictator was just plain wrong. These gratuitous statements further confused, alienated and angered the Hungarian people. Unless appropriately and timely addressed, this, in turn, will undermine support for the security matters noted above to the detriment of American strategic goals." [read more]


AHF sponsors Forum on on US - Hungarian Relations hosted by sister foundation in Hungary the Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Alapítvány (AMKA or Americans for Hungarians Foundation)12/2/2014 - AHF sponsors Forum on on US - Hungarian Relations hosted by sister foundation in Hungary the Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Alapítvány (AMKA or Americans for Hungarians Foundation): Panel participants included André Goodfriend, the Charge d' Affaires of the US embassy; Frank Koszorus Jr. the President of American Hungarian Federation, Dr. Lomnici Zoltán the spokesperson of the Civil Összefogás Fórum (CÖF); Hejj Tibor, the President of P-M-C Consulting who has sponsored many charity projects; and Gyula (Jules) Balogh, President of the Amerikaiak a Magyarokért Alapítvány. [read more]


AHF, member organizations, and representatives of the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC placed flowers at the grave of Holocaust Hero, colonel Ferenc Koszorús, in Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia11/15/2014 - AHF, member organizations, and representatives of the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC placed flowers at the grave of Holocaust Hero, colonel Ferenc Koszorús, in Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Koszorús, as the commander of Hungary’s first armoured division, thwarted a planned government coup dubbed the gendarmerie coup, which aimed to carry out the deportation of the Jews of Budapest on July 5 and 6 of 1944. [read more]


On Friday, November 14, 2014, Frank Koszorus, Jr., President of the American Hungarian Federation, and Paul Kamenar and Imre Nemeth, members of the Federation's International Relations Committee, met with Nathaniel Dean, Director for Central and North European Affairs at the National Security Council, Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Ivan Weinstein, Desk Officer for Hungary at the Department of State.11/14/14 - AHF meets with National Security Council and State Department Officials - On Friday, November 14, 2014, Frank Koszorus, Jr., President of the American Hungarian Federation, and Paul Kamenar and Imre Nemeth, members of the Federation's International Relations Committee, met with Nathaniel Dean, Director for Central and North European Affairs at the National Security Council, Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Ivan Weinstein, Desk Officer for Hungary at the Department of State. [read more]


AHF submits letter to US Asst. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland: "The appearance of selective enforcement and the use of anti-corruption measuresas a “big gun” for political purposes that are unrelated to corruption, coupled with the other issues noted in this letter merely befuddle and alienate the Hungarian people and undermine U.S. goals."10/22/14 - AHF submits letter to US Asst. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland: "The appearance of selective enforcement and the use of anti-corruption measuresas a “big gun” for political purposes that are unrelated to corruption, coupled with the other issues noted in this letter merely befuddle and alienate the Hungarian people and undermine U.S. goals...Corruption cannot, must not be tolerated. It needs to be eradicated wherever found. If not halted, it will undermine democracy and the free market system. We, therefore, support U.S. anti-corruption initiatives. However, in order to be effective, selective prosecution should be meticulously avoided."[read more]


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Moments in History

1956-2016

Time's Man of the Year: The 1956 Hungarian Freedom FighterHungary's 1956 Revolution marked the first tear in the Iron Curtain. Hungarians from all walks of life rose up against the mighty Soviet Union in a desperate fight for freedom. Thousands died, many others tortured and jailed, 200,000 would flee, bringing untold talents to the shores of many nations, some 38,000 coming to the U.S. in the first year alone.

AHF 100 YEARS DISPLAY: AHF relief efforts during the 1956 Hungarian RevolutionAHF, member organizations and the entire community sprung into action. Building on its experience during WWII, AHF activated its second Hungarian Relief Program, raising over $525,000 (over $4.5 million in today's dollars) and, working closely with the International Rescue Committee, found beds and supplies to aid in the resettlement effort. [read more]

Hungarian Olympic Triumph

The 2016 Rio Olympics once again showed Hungary's amazing Olympic prowess as she finished tied for 9th in overall gold!

Did you know Hungary was a founding member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and ranks 8th in the world in medals?

The 2016 Rio Olympics once again showed Hungary's amazing Olympic prowess as she finished tied for 9th in overall gold! "Iron Lady" Katinka Hosszu shattered the world record. Read more on [Hungarian Olympic Triumph]


Featured Hungarian

"Iron Lady" Katinka Hosszú
(b. 3 May 1989, Pécs, Hungary)

Katinka Hosszu is a World Cup and multiple Gold Medal winning Hungarian Olympian and one of the most versatile swimmers in the world. Hosszu holds two-thirds of the Hungarian National Records. Hosszu won 3 golds and 1 silver at the Rio Olympics.Katinka Hosszu is a World Cup and multiple Gold Medal winning Hungarian Olympian and one of the most versatile swimmers in the world. Hosszu holds two-thirds of the Hungarian National Records. Hosszu won 3 golds and 1 silver at the Rio Olympics (shattering the world record by two seconds finishing second to Maya DiRado of the US by just six one hundredths of a second. She also set an Olympic record) and the most wins of any swimmer ever in the FINA World Cup Series with over 200 wins, setting multiple records along the way. At the World Championships, she's won gold in 2009 (400m individual medley), two golds in 2013 (200 and 400m individual medley), and 2 golds in 2015 (200 and 400m individual medley).

Nicknamed the "Iron Lady," she has since turned into a fast growing International brand. She is the first race-prize dollar millionaire in swimming history. She currently swims for the Vasas SC, under husband and head coach Shane Tusup. Katinka was swim coached by her grandfather, László Bakos until the age of 13. Hosszú met her future husband Shane Tusup, when they were both freshmen at the University of Southern California. After being crushed under the pressure of expectations at the 2012 London Olympics, and not medalling, she asked her then boyfriend Tusup to become her coach, replacing her coach since her U.S.C. swim team days, Dave Salo. After the Olympics, at the Beijing World Cup swim meet, she competed in 8 events, medalling in 5 of them, leading to Chinese newspapers says she was made out of iron, leading to her nickname, the Iron Lady. Hosszú married Tusup in 2013. Read more on [Hungarian Olympic Triumph]

Waterpolo Team Hungary!

The International Swimming Hall of Hungary ranks first in medals in Modern Pentathlon and Water Polo. In 2016, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), recognized by FINA, the international governing body for the Olympic aquatic sports as its official Hall of Fame, announced that Water Polo TEAM HUNGARY became the first team in the history of the Hall to be recognized as an Honoree. [read more]

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Katalin Kádár Lynn, Ph.D. - An independent author and historian living in Saint Helena, California, specializing in 20th century history with an emphasis on WWII, the Cold War and East European political relations and Émigré Political Movements. Her dissertation, “Tibor Eckhardt his American Years 1941-1972,” was published in 2007Katalin Kádár Lynn, Ph.D. is a sustaining AHF Kovats Circle Member. She was born in Budapest and emigrated with her family to Germany at the end of WWII and then came to the US as part of the Displaced Persons immigration program. She was educated in the United States ( BA from the University of Colorado and an MLA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO). After a long career in the world of business, including a stint as a business professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, she returned to graduate school to obtain a PhD at ELTE in Budapest and was awarded her PhD with honors. She is a publisher and author specializing in 20th century history, with an emphasis on WWII, the Cold War, and U.S.–East European political relations and Émigré Political Movements. [Read more about her] and purchase her books!
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AHF Books, Film Highlights & Reviews: AHF presents films and books and articles written by distinguished AHF members as well reviews of pertinent publications. AHF encourages all members to submit scholarly essays, books, and other materials which will be featured on our Publications page. 1956 Revolution-related materials are also featured on www.hungary1956.com

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Through an American Lens, Hungary, 1938: Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White. Kadar Lynn's recently discovered a treasure trove of mostly unpublished photographs taken during the artist's month-long trip to Hungary in 1938 by Life Magazine's most renowned photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White. Through an American Lens, Hungary, 1938: Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White. Kadar Lynn's recently discovered a treasure trove of mostly unpublished photographs taken during the artist's month-long trip to Hungary in 1938 by Life Magazine's most renowned photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White. The photographs not only furnish us with a look at pre-WWII Hungary and its people, but because Bourke-White took unsentimental portraits of the major political figures in Hungary, from the far right to the far left, Communists, Fascists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Smallholders, as well as the primary government officials, it provides us with an insight into these individuals and history provides us with the consequences of their actions. Purchase this book on Buy Tibor Eckhardt in his own words on Amazon [read more]
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My Only Choice: Hungary 1942-1956
”It happened to me!” are the most powerful words in the human language. ”My Only Choice” is the story of what happened to me! It is the pursuit of freedom as lived through the coming of age journey of a seven year old little girl who becomes a woman and mother in Hungary. Nazism and Communism are equally cruel, life is a matter of survival. Our life is a libretto in which we play the lead, but the script has to be invented as we live it.

“From the eyes and mind of an innocent but precocious young teen, Helen Szablya, paints a picture of how the inconceivable became reality. Hungary, as the playground of tyrants in the 1940's, is depicted in its inability to withstand fascism or communism. A personal account, as engrossing as fiction but true, this book serves the lessons of history irresistibly on a silver tray.” - Annette Lantos-Tilleman-Dick, Daughter of the late Congressman Tom Lantos. Purchase the book on AHF's Amazon Store! Amazon
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"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!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.

AHF Book Review: "Transylvania Today: Diversity at Risk," edited by Csaba Zoltani. Written by noted experts, describes the issues faced by minorities in Transylvania in their effort to retain their identity in an adverse environment. The essays of the book capture some of the fault lines in Transylvania, created by the incorporation of a territory with western traditions into one of Byzantine culture. Minorities, according to the official census, constitute nearly one-quarter of the population of Romania. Contributors include Amb. Geza Jeszenszky, Prof. Andrew Ludanyi, Tilhamer Czika, Viktor Segesvary, and Andreas Bereznay. [read more]

AHF Book Review: Rememberance (Pamięć): Polish Refugees in Hungary 1939-1946 (Emlékezés - Lengyel menekültek Magyarorszagon 1939-1946) by Grzegorz Lubczyk, Krystyna LubczykAHF Book Review: Rememberance (Pamięć): Polish Refugees in Hungary 1939-1946 (Emlékezés - Lengyel Menekültek Magyarorszagon 1939-1946) by Grzegorz and Krystyna Lubczyk. Throughout its history, Hungary offered refuge to a wide variety of ethnicities trying to escape persecution in their homelands. At the beginning and throughout the Second World War, Poles, including considerable number of its military, sought and received refuge from Nazi and Stalinist persecution. Eventually most of the soldiers went on and joined the Allied war effort and played an important part in the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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.
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Deborah Cornelius’ Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron (Fordham University Press, New York 2011) gives an excellent overview of the events leading up to and the horrendous events of World War II in Hungary.Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron by Deborah Cornelius, Fordham University Press, New York, 2011. Csaba Zoltani writes: "Deborah Cornelius’ Hungary in World War II: Caught in the Cauldron (Fordham University Press, New York 2011) gives an excellent overview of the events leading up to and the horrendous events of World War II in Hungary. The effect of the Treaty of Trianon, that without plebiscites, truncated Hungary and deprived it of its natural resources and forced a sizeable portion of its population to live under alien jurisdiction, set the political and sociological climate in Hungary from the 1920's on.  Cornelius gives an excellent overview of the readjustment that expressed itself in the politics and led to the belief that revision of the treaty was only possible through German intervention." [read more] Buy it now on AHF's Amazon Store! Buy it now on AHF's Amazon Store!
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Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition: A Journey into Tokaji Wine History - a book that Wine Spectator called "the most comprehensive reference book on Tokaji available in the English language."Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition: A Journey into Tokaji Wine History -a book that Wine Spectator called "the most comprehensive reference book on Tokaji available in the English language."

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] and Buy his books now on the AHF Amazon Store Help AHF by purchasing products using the AHF Amazon Store!

Meet Zsuzsa Hanto, author of "Kitiltott Családok" (Banished families. Communist repression of "class enemies" in Hungary)New Zsuzsa Hanto, book published: "Kitiltott Családok" (Banished families. Communist repression of "class enemies" in Hungary) Hantó Zsuzsa az elszenvedők és visszaemlékezők emlékeit is magában foglaló könyv történész szerzője nem kevesebbre vállalkozik, mint az 1950-ben és 1951-ben vidékről és Budapestről a kommunista rezsin által kitelepített, kitiltott családok szenvedéseit, megpróbáltatásait, nem egyszer pusztulását mutatja be.
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"Vanished by the Danube: Peace. War, Revolution, and the Flight to the West," by Dr. Charles Farkas."Vanished by the Danube: Peace. War, Revolution, and the Flight to the West," by Dr. Charles Farkas. Germany’s invasion of Hungary in 1944 marked the end of a culture that had dominated Central Europe from the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. In this evocative memoir, Charles Farkas offers a testament to this vanished way of life—its society, morality, personal integrity, wealth, traditions, and chivalry—as well as an eyewitness account of its destruction, begun at the hands of the Nazis and then completed under the heel of Soviet Communism.
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In Memoriam
The Kossuth sculpture was unveiled by the sculptor, Csaba Kur of Youngstown, OH10/21/2009 - AHF mourns the loss of another great Hungarian, sculptor, humanitarian. Csaba Kur emigrated to the United States during the Hungarian revolution against Soviet occupation in 1956. His sculptures and monuments can be seen the worldwide.To celebrate and commemorate the friendship and shared values between the people of the United States and those of Hungarian descent, AHF commissioned a bronze bust of Lajos Kossuth and offered it to U.S. Congress. The American Hungarian Federation commisioned a bronze bust of Lajos Kossuth and presented it to U.S. Congress.The dedication ceremony took place on March 15, 1990, Hungarian National Day, under the magnificent dome of the Capitol Rotunda. The bust is one of only two honoring non-Americans in the Capitol. The base reads, "Louis Kossuth, Father of Hungarian Democracy." He was an AHF Board member and was the beloved husband of the late Marta (nee Ruzicska); dear father of Martha Brooks of GA who was present a the 20th Anniversary Commemoration; grandfather of Noah and Adam Brooks; and brother of the late Zsuzsanna.
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The English-language, NTSC, private / personal-use DVD is suitable for the U.S., Canada and other NTSC countries. Even though Australia and New Zealand are non-NTSC countries, if you have an NTSC DVD player it will accommodate this version. As we continue our '56 AROUND THE WORLD campaign, the group / educational public-use DVD continues to be available for rental in the USA, Canada and now in Australia and New Zealand. [read more], [Buy or Rent] this historic film, movie posters, post cards, and invite the producer to your event!
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Author Susanna (Zsuzsanna) Lápossy is a Freedom Circle Member of the American Hungarian Federation. Her book, the first part of a trilogy entitled "Life behind the iron curtain" contains lesser-known facts about 20th century Hungary as seen through a middle-class familyAuthor Susanna (Zsuzsanna) Lápossy is a Freedom Circle Member of the American Hungarian Federation. Her book, the first part of a trilogy entitled "Life behind the iron curtain" contains lesser-known facts about 20th century Hungary as seen through a middle-class family. [Read more]


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