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AHF News Archive: 2009


Ambassador Bela Szombati11/27/09 - American Hungarian Federation and others express their concern about sweeping statements made by Ambassador in interview concerning Hungary. The Washington Times publishes Federation's letter and former Foreign Service Officer pens letter to the Ambassador. "[The Ambassador is] ignoring an exceedingly complex social problem that not even the government has been able to address effectively. While discussing prejudice, he also could have referred to the intolerance toward the Hungarian minorities throughout the region."[Read more]


Sloval Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak dismisses Hungarian protests over the new language law which would impose fines for using minority languages11/24/09 - The American Hungarian Federation's call for greater cooperation among Hungarian American organizations in raising the ill-advised and discriminatory Slovak language law published in Heti Valasz.  The same letter questions conclusions about various foreign policy issues made in an earlier interview. [Read more]


Hungary dismantled its "Iron Curtain" in the Summer of 1989, laying the foundations for the fall of the Berlin Wall11/06/2009 - 20th Anniverary of the Fall of the Berlin wall - 1989 - 2009! American Hungarian Federation calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to recognize the significant role Hungary played in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. Read more. AHF Letter/White House Release. Read More


Robert Gibbs10/24/2009 - Federation thanks Press Secretary for statement on the 53rd anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and raises fact that not all Hungarians in the region enjoy the full benefits of democracy, referring to the discriminatory language law in Slovakia and the failure of Romania to restore the Hungarian Babes/Bolyai University in Cluj/Kolozsvar or grant the Szeklerland autonomy. Read More - AHF Letter / Press Secretary's statement


Geza Jeszenszky10/19/2009 - Former Hungarian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States Geza Jeszenszky Writes Article entitled, "Magyar lobby Amerikában?" about the American Hungarian Federation and Other Hungarian American Organizations. "Koszorús Ferenc washingtoni ügyvéd, az 1944-es Horthy- és zsidóellenes puccskísérletet meghiúsító Koszorús ezredes fia, kiváló szakember a kongresszusi kapcsolatok, a politikai lobbizás tekintetében is, ő a legpatinásabb amerikai magyar szervezet, a több mint száz éves Amerikai Magyar Szövetség társelnöke. A közelmúltban az alábbi helyzetképet adta a magyar érdekek amerikai érvényesítésével kapcsolatban." Read More


AHF9/26/2009 - AHF holds its more than 100 years of service celebration... On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the American Hungarian Federation (AHF) celebrated its more than 100 years of service to the Hungarian American community with a magnificent Gala Ball at the Hungarian American Athletic Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  A capacity crowd of over 250 people from all walks of life, listened to heartrending patriotic recitals, and beautiful renditions of the American, Hungarian and Transylvanian (Szekely) national anthems. A unique collection of Hungarian songs and poems were played throughout the evening. The theme of these wonderful pieces and the evening was, “the future will only be beautiful, if the Magyar nation unites”. Moving congratulatory letters from former Prime Minister Viktor Orban (read here), and from former Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the U.S., Geza Jeszenszky (read here), were read, among others. Six awards for lifetime contributions to the Hungarian and American Hungarian communities were given, including long overdue recognition of Gabor Bodnar, a legend in worldwide Hungarian scouting.  Read the press release in English. Read the press release in Hungarian. AHF  thanks all who supported us (Orban Thank you- read here and Jeszensky Thank you - read here).


Office of the President8/28/09 - Federation Participates in Meeting with Foreign Policy Advisors.. Washington, DC – On Wednesday, August 26, the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), an assembly of 18 ethnic organizations representing the communities of Central and East European descent, met with Obama Administration foreign policy officials. [read more]


AHF Delivers Letter to President Obama... in response to Hungarian Foreign Minister's suggestion to Secretary Clinton to invite Hungary’s Prime Minister Bajnai to Washington. The Federation believes, with general elections scheduled to be held in less than a year, that such an invitation might be premature and not serve U.S. interests in Hungary.6/30/2009 - Federation supports Hungarian Prime Minister visit after general elections and formation of new government... AHF Delivers Letter to President Obama... the Federation believes that an invitation to Mr. Bajnai at this time would be ill-advised and would not serve the best interests of either country – as would such a visit scheduled at a more appropriate time. Federation suggests that other Hungarian American organizations endorse the letter. [read more]


The UNPO (Unrepresented Peoples Organization) publishes press release on the Rumanian government plans to purge Hungarian civil service officers from local administration, including areas where Hungarians make up more the 85% of the population6/29/2009 - Ethnic purges of local government services in Rumania... The UNPO (Unrepresented Peoples Organization) calls attention to purges of Hungarian civil service officers from local administration, including areas where Hungarians make up more the 85% of the population. The American Hungarian Federation urges the Rumanian government to adopt policies that end discrimination along ethnic lines, take steps to increase local autonomy, and strengthen inter-ethnic relations. [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.6/4/2009 - The 89th Anniversary of Hungary's Dismemberment... AHF Remembers Trianon. The statement reads, "Trianon is not a relic of the past to be ignored.  As several recent publications astutely suggest, Trianon, as part of a blunder of a massive scale, had far-reaching consequences that are still with us today and continue to affect both the lives of the Hungarian historical communities found in states neighboring Hungary and the region." [read more]


"Global Unity:" Hungarian Reformed Churches Unite5/22/2009 - Globális egyesülés – A Kárpát-medencei egység után jövőre megalakul a Református Világközösség / "Global Unity:" Hungarian Reformed Churches Unite... On May 22, 2009 the Reformed Churches in the Carpathian Basin expressed their unity by accepting a common constitution. This is an tremendously symbolic action uniting Hungarian communities throughout the Carpathian Basin for the first time since Trianon. On a related note, the Budapest – Pannonhalma Magtár Művészeti Alapítvány is publishing a new leather-bound edition of the Vizsoly Bible with an accompanying DVD. [read more]


The American Hungarian Federation Participates in White House Meeting on April 24, 20094/25/2009 - The American Hungarian Federation Participates in White House Meeting... On April 24, 2009, the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) met with Jeffrey M. Hovenier, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, National Security Council, and Katherine M. Helgerson, Director for Southeast European Affairs, National Security Council. [read more]


The Annual Hungarian May Ball - A very special evening benefitting AHF's 100th Anniversary programs and the Hungarian Scouts of Washington5/16/2009 - INVITATION: Saturday, May 16, 2009! The Annual Hungarian May Ball / Májusi Magyar Bál... The American Hungarian Federation and The Hungarian Scouts of Washington cordially invite you to the annual Hungarian May Ball. The two organizations will donate part of the proceeds from the Ball to support the work of the Budapest based Juvenile Cancer Foundation to build an Oncology Treatment Center for Children in Hungary. [read more]
A Bál jövedelmének egy részét mindkét szervezet a Budapesten létrehozott Gyermekrák Alapítvány munkájának támogatására kívánja fordítani, amelynek célja egy Gyermekonkológiai Gyógyító Központ felépítése Magyarországon. [tovább]


U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt VolkerNATO Logo4/2/2009 - American Hungarian Federation Actively Participates in Congressional Policy Reception in Honor of NATO and its Enlargement sponsored by the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC). AHF Co-President, Frank Koszorus, Jr., outlined the accomplishments of the CEEC. 2009 marked the 10th anniversary of Hungary's accession to the alliance. [read more]


Col. Ferenc Koszorus, posthumously promoted to the rank of General by Prime Minister Antall after the fall of Communism, who volunteered his services and mobilized the 1st Armored Division under his command to militarily intervene on July 5, 1944 to stop Laszlo Baky, a secretary of state in the Ministry of Interior for “Jewish Affairs," from deporting the approximately 200,000 plus Jews from Budapest.The Federation believes it would be appropriate that the Embassy of Hungary, as a representative of all Hungarians, expand such exhibits to include Hungarian heroes of the Holocaust.3/24/2009 - As part of the Holocaust Memorial Month, the Embassy of Hungary is sponsoring the Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest traveling exhibit in Washington, DC. The Carl Lutz Foundation, Hungarian American Coalition, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, Mensch International Foundation and the Embassies of Switzerland and Israel are co-sponsors. The Federation believes it would be appropriate that the Embassy of Hungary, as a representative of all Hungarians, expand such exhibits to include Hungarian heroes of the Holocaust. [read more]


AHF Co-Presidents Zoltan Bagdy and Frank Koszorus with Katalin Almay-Volker, organizer of the exhibit.3/29/2009 - The American HungarianFederation Co-Sponsors “Treasures and Highlights of Hungary’s Millenary Heritage” Exhibits... The first of three exhibits, “Treasures and Highlights of Hungary’s Millenary Heritage,” opened on March 28, 2009 at the Kossuth House in Washington, D.C. The three exhibits can be viewed in April and May, July and August,and October and November of 2009. [read more]


Hungarian Prime Minisiter Gyurcsány Resigns - Hungary's President Solyom favors early elections (Sólyom: Az előre hozott választás a legjobb megoldás)3/30/2009 - Hungarian Prime Minisiter Gyurcsány Resigns - President Solyom favors early elections (Sólyom: Az előre hozott választás a legjobb megoldás) Budapest (MTI)...Reacting to Prime Minister Gyurcsany's resignation amid the deepening economic crisis in Hungary: "Only early elections can give Hungary a chance to have a stable government..." he said. [download Solyom's interview with MTI]
or [Gyurcsány Ferenc lemondása - videó]

New Prime Minister Nominee Gordon Bajnai says, "It will Hurt" "Fájni Fog" - Minden embert érinteni fog és fájdalmas lesz - így harangozta be programját Bajnai Gordon, az MSZP és az SZDSZ közös kormányfőjelöltje hétfői sajtónyilatkozatában.New Prime Minister Nominee Gordon Bajnai says, "It will Hurt" "Fájni Fog" - Minden embert érinteni fog és fájdalmas lesz..." Bajnai Gordon, az MSZP és az SZDSZ közös kormányfőjelöltje. [Bajnai Gordon Sajtónyilatkozata- videó]


The American Hungarian Federation of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., joined Hungarian American communities worldwide andpresented a program commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The 1848-1849 flag is shown here.3/15/2009 - President Obama congratulates Hungary on its National Day and anniversary of its 1848 War of Liberation... "Today we honor the courageous Hungarians who set their country on the path to freedom.The legacy of the revolution continues to inspire as Hungarians advocate for freedom's cause," he said. President Obama congratulates Hungary on its National Day!The American Hungarian Federation of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., joined Hungarian American communitiesworldwide and presented a program commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849. Speakers noted the significance of the revolution and how its ideals and goals relate to the political climate in today's Hungary. [read more, download the speeches and President Obama's letter]


Ambassadors listen to the speech of Senator George Voinovich during Reception Celebrating The Visa Waiver Program2/6/2009 - The American Hungarian Federation Attends Reception Celebrating The Visa Waiver Program... On February 3, the Embassies of Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta and South Korea hosted a reception at the Hart Senate Office Building to celebrate the enlargement of the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”).  The ambassadors of each country, including Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi, greeted the guests. [read more]


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