In Memoriam: Jeno Szeredas
12/10/2004 - JENO SZEREDAS, 90, Hungarian Freedom Fighter Federation Founder, AHF Member, and Noted Artist Dies...
Jeno Andras Szeredas, Hungarian political activist and Senator, 1956 Freedom Fighter, Founder of the Freedom Fighters Federation in the United States, poet and artist of rare talent died quietly in his sleep at his daughter's home in Connecticut on November 30. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday.
Born in Iglo, Hungary (now Slovakia) in 1914, Mr. Szeredas was both witness to and active participant in the turmoil sweeping over Europe for the balance of the 20th century. The young Mr. Szeredas spent seven years in Antwerp with uncles, one owner of the Red Star Shipping Line and the other a Dominican monk and doctor working with lepers in the Belgium Congo. During this time his family relocated to what remained of Hungary after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. After high school in Budapest under the tutelage of the Piarist Fathers, he attended the medical University in Debrecen, studying anatomy.
However, his artistic side was calling to him and he left medical school
and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, working under
Professor Stephan Szonyi, a well-known modern Hungarian artist. He then
studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, returning to Budapest
to attain a Masters in Fine Art and continuing studies for a Doctorate
in Far Eastern Philosophy. He
Politically, Mr. Szeredas fought against tyranny, whether it was the
Forced to flee for his life, he reached the Austrian border and freedom with a Russian bullet in his shoulder. Airlifted by the US Airforce Camp Kilmer in New Jersey in the United States, he went on to found the Freedom Fighters Federation and was active in the American Hungarian Federation and in politics in seeking and sending help to his homeland.
He married Pauline Parke in 1972 and they moved to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, where he found the peace to paint again. He is survived by his wife, a stepdaughter, Polly Kelly and her husband Thomas, two grand daughters, Pia Fontaine and Gabrielle Santos, a step grand son, Thomas Kelly and eleven great grand children.
"Always in my art a sort of sacred inspiration leads me...a Wonderment over ever-changing Nature which brings one near the Great Creator. From the surrounding harmony, God-given talent weaves celestial music. One's earthly being shrinks to nothingness freeing the essence from the body's cage, rising to infinite space and time." Jeno Szeredas.
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