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AHF News Archive 2007

“Hungarians are the cancer of the Slovak nation, without delay we need to remove them from the body of the nation.” By a step that has fueled ethnic hatred and assaulted good relations with Hungary, the Slovak Parliament on September 20, 2007 adopted a resolution proposed by extremist Jan Slota ratifying and confirming the Benes decrees.10/20/2007 - “Hungarians are the cancer of the Slovak nation, without delay we need to remove them from the body of the nation” - Jan Slota. AHF releases statement on the Benes Decrees and recent extremist developments in Slovakia. "Having taken a step that has fueled ethnic hatred and assaulted good relations with Hungary, the Slovak Parliament on September 20, 2007 adopted a resolution proposed by extremist Jan Slota ratifying and confirming the Benes decrees." [read more]


Hungarian-American leaders prepare to lay wreath at the Darr Mine Commemoration at Olive Branch Church in Rostraver, PA10/3/2007– Hungarian-American Organizations join Local Community to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Darr Mine Disaster. Key AHF member organizations joined forces to remember the worst minThe Darr Mine Commemoration at Olive Branch Church in Rostraver, PA: The AHF Memorial placed in 1909 to the Victimsing disaster in Pennsylvania history. On December 19, 1907 an explosion in the Darr Mine took the lives of an estimated 239 men and teenage boys. Though most of those killed were Hungarian immigrant laborers, AHF honors all those that sacrificed their lives. Many of the miners were buried in a common grave above which AHF placed a memorial in 1909 seen here. [read more]


AHF's chair of the International Affairs Committee recaps the effort to protect the minority rights of the Hungarian community in the Voivodina region of northern Serbia and the Senator's role in blocking those efforts.10/2/2007 - Senator Larry Craig and the Hungarian (Dis)Connection: The Hungarians of Voivodina. AHF's chair of the International Affairs Committee recaps the effort to protect the minority rights of the Hungarian community in the Vojvodina region of northern Serbia and the Senator's role in blocking those efforts. The bi-partisan, bicameral measure had stated that "during the past 10 years...ethnic cleansing has already driven 50,000 ethnic Hungarians out of the province of Voivodina." [read more]


French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is the son of a Hungarian immigrant father, Pál Sárközy de Nagy-Bócsa9/14/2007 - Nicholas Sarkozy visits Hungary, the first stop in a tour of Europe, comments on his Hungarian ancestry... "I do not forget that this the birthplace of my father. And after all, it's not everyday that there is a president of the republic who is half-Hungarian." AHF had earlier congratulated Sarkozy on his election as French Prime Minister. [read more]


8/28/2007 - Ambassador Simonyi bids farewell to Washington, Thanks "Hungarian Community" for Support. AHF Issues Statement: "In addition to government officials and personalities, Simonyi expressed his appreciation to the “Hungarian community who have [sic] embraced us, supported us, and rooted for us” and highlighted several individuals. The Ambassador overstated the case. There have been few Hungarian-American individuals or organizations that fell into the category of uncritical supporters." [read more in English] [tovább magyarul]


Video of the 2007 Memorial Day Commemoration and Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery8/13/2007 - Video of the 2007 Memorial Day Commemoration and Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery. AHF's annual Memorial Day Commemoration was held on May 27, 2007 at Arlington National Cemetery. This special 100th anniversary year included wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. [read more] or [click to see video] now!


AHF Board meets at the Bethlen Home in Ligonier, PA, confirms 2007 programs7/28/2007 - AHF Board meets at the Bethlen Home in Ligonier, PA, confirms 2007 programs, declares July 15 "Justice for Hungarians Day." The AHF Board of Directors met for two days to discuss 2007 programs and the state of the Federation. Topics included increasing support for the Hungarian Scholarship Fund, supporting the October 23 Civil Defense Committee in Hungary (Civil Jogász Bizottság), Congressional and media relations, support of the historic Hungarian communities in Vojvodina, Transylvania, Slovakia and Carpatho-Ukraine, and commemorating the Darr Mine diasaster of 1907 and the Federation's 100th Anniversary. [read more]


AHF Letter to the Editor regarding Kosovo Independence7/25/2007 - AHF Calls for protection on minorities in both Kosovo and Vojvodina. With independence of Kosovo inevitable, and the potential for violence, the Federation calls international attention to the other large minority in the former Yugoslavia: The Hungarians of Vojvodina who lost autonomy by Serbian totalitarian regime of Milosevic. AHF publishes Letter to the Editor regarding Kosovo Independence: "Because intolerance toward minorities characterizes the region, minority rights guarantees – a prerequisite to democracy and stability -- must not be entrusted exclusively to the local political elites." [read more]


7/27/2007 - The Armenian Assembly announced that the Armenian Genocide resolution (H. Res.106) achieved a major milestone by garnering the support of a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives. H. Res. 106 now has 218 cosponsors. The Assembly publicly thanked the American Hungarian Federation and other organizations for their support. [read more]


The American Hungarian Federation of Metropolitan Washington expands report on Hungary's accession to NATO7/17/2007 - Hungary's Accession to NATO: An expanded report. The American Hungarian Federation of Metropolitan Washington expands report on Hungary's accession to NATO to provide researchers a unique perspective on key events relating to NATO’s enlargement and the debate to include Hungary in the alliance. [read more]


Enduring Strains of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe: A distinguished panel of experts convened by Hudson’s Center for European Studies offered their perspectives.6/14/2007 - Enduring Strains of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe: A distinguished panel of experts convened by Hudson’s Center for European Studies offered their perspectives. Panelists included The Honorable Dr. János Horváth, member of the Hungarian Parliament and Professor of Economics Emeritus at Indiana’s Butler University; Keith Smith, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, consultant on international energy affairs, and former diplomat to Europe for over thirteen years, including a final posting as U.S. ambassador to Lithuania; and Frank Koszorus Jr., former chairman of the private-sector NATO Enlargement Working Group’s steering committee and co-president of the American Hungarian Federation.[read more]


The Rev. Arpad Szabo of Romania is Bishop of the Unitarian Church of Romania. The Unitarian Church was founded in 1567 in Transylvania, then an organic part of Hungary. Transylvania was transferred to Romania by the Treaty of Trianon following the First World War. There are currently over 80,000 Unitarians in Rumania.6/14/2007 - "There are no Nationalities in Romania?" The American Hungarian Federation Co-Hosts Lecture by Bishop Arpad Szabo from Kolozsvar... The Federation and the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America (HRFA) sponsored a presentation by Dr. Arpad Szabo entitled "In Europe, but . . ." at the HRFA Kossuth House. Bishop Szabo is the head of the Unitarian Church in Romania and is in the United States to attend the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Federation’s program was the latest in its series of lectures relating to Central and Eastern Europe. [read more]


The Victims of Communism Memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush in a morning ceremony on Tuesday, June 12th, 2007.6/12/2007 - The Victims of Communism Memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush in a morning ceremony on Tuesday, June 12th. Washington's newest memorial honors the 100 million people who have been killed by communist totalitarian regimes worldwide. AHF is proud to have contributed to this great effort. AHF leaders attended the Gala Awards Ceremony that same evening where Bishop Laszlo Tokes delivered a stirring convocation. [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.6/4/2007 - "Trianon: Tragedy, Dissolution, and Remedy." Frank Koszorus, Jr. and the AHF International Relations Committee release essay on treaty's 87th anniversary. "...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... it also transferred over three million indigenous ethnic Hungarians and over 70% of the country's territory to foreign rule." [read more]


About 40 members and guests and throngs of tourists witnessed the special ceremony as AHF President Atilla Micheller was escorted by Lt. Col. Steve Vekony (US Army) and the First Califiornia Hussar Regiment.5/27/2007 - AHF lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The American Hungarin Federation's 2007 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery included a wreath laying the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 40 members and guests and throngs of AHF lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The American Hungarin Federation's 2007 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery included a wreath laying the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.tourists witnessed the special ceremony as AHF President Atilla Micheller was escorted by Lt. Col. Steve Vekony (US Army) and the First Califiornia Hussar Regiment. Arlington National is the final resting place for a number of Hungarian American Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Following the wreath laying, the program included a remembrance and walking tour of Hungarian-American gravesites. [more]


Representatives of the American Hungarian Federation met with the Honorable Janos Horvath on May 2, 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the Kossuth House. Seen here left to right: Gyula Balogh (AHF Co-President), Erika Fedor (former AHF National Secretary), and Dr. Janos Horvath.5/8/2007 - Representatives of the American Hungarian Federation met with the Honorable Janos Horvath on May 2, 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the Kossuth House.... Dr. Horvath generously spent over three hours with representatives of the American Hungarian Federation and gave a detailed presentation of his work and the situation in Hungary, including why Hungary is not living up to its potential. Dr. Horvath holds the distinguished title of ‘Senior Member of the Parliament’ and focuses on political/economic matters and foreign affairs. He was also a 2006 recipient of the Federation's highest honor, the Col. Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom for his lifetime achievements and committment to democratic values awarded during his US voting rights awareness campaign. [read more]


4/16/2007 - Dr. Ibolya David, head of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF / Magyar Demokrata Fórum) discusses current political affairs in Hungary. In an event co-sponsored by the American Hungarian Federation (AHF) and the Hungarian American Coalition and hosted by the Hungarian Reformed Federation, Dr. David addressed concerns expressed by the organizing committee ranging from US-Hungarian bilateral relations to Hungarian energy policy and relations with Russia. [read more]


members of the Bathori Jozsef Hungarian Scout Troup of Washington3/18/2007 - Washington-area Hungarians commemorate the 1848 Revolution... AHF Vice-President Yvette Görög-Boone delivered the keynote address calling on the Hungarian community to rekindle the spirit of 1848 and to guard Hungary's place in the community of democratic nations. AHF Co-President Frank Koszorus, Jr.'s address, "Kossuth and the Meaning of Democracy," focused attention on the dangers of "illberal democracy" and the "tyranny of the majority" in Central and Eastern Europe. The program included performances by members of the Hungarian Scouts of Washington. [read more]


3/5/2007 - ACTION ALERT: Help build the Congressional Friends of Hungary (CFH)... On February 12, Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT) circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter inviting Members of Congress to join the Congressional Friends of Hungary (CFH). The purpose of the caucus, as noted by the co-chairs, is "to recognize the contributions of Hungarian-Americans to the United States and to strengthen the ties between the United States and Hungary." We need your help to build the CFH! How can you help? [read more]

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