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4/8/2005 - HOT NEWS: House Resolution 191 moves forward urging the "prompt and fair restitution of church properties by Rumania." AHF strongly supports this measure and will continue its efforts aimed at swift adoption.
“We applaud Representatives Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Tom Tancredo (R-CO) for their leadership on an issue that goes to the very heart of democracy, rule of law and minority rights in Romania – the return of religious properties illegally confiscated by the former Communist government,” noted Frank Koszorus, Jr. “This has been a long process, beginning with statements in 2002 by Representatives Lantos, Tancredo and Robert Matsui urging the prompt and fair restitution of properties by Romania and Slovakia and continuing in 2004 when Representative Tancredo introduced a similar resolution that was cosponsored by 15 Members,” he added.
4/7/2005 - Successful AHF Meeting on April 2nd, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Over 40 Members came together representing organizations from all over the country at the Marriott Crystal City to review the past year and plan for the future. The Meeting, chaired by Dr. Paul J. Szilagyi, was organized by the Executive Committee. Members were welcomed by AHF President Stephen Varga who introduced Rev. Imre Bertalan, Jr., for the invocation. The new found energy was apparent both at the dinner / reception the evening before and at the meeting.
Sandor Murray provided a financial report, noting that donations have risen significantly. AHF has also donated to a number of important causes from university scholarships to the Torn from the Flag project (a documentary film about the 1956 Freedom Fight) by AHF member Klaudia Kovacs. Bryan Dawson-Szilagyi presented highlights of the last year's activities as well as an overview on AHF communications and use of technology. He remarked that AHF was on the right track as both visitors to the Website and additions to the AHF mailing list continue to grow dramatically. Membership has also grown as the Hungarian American community becomes increasingly aware of AHF's activities and direction. New members have also taken advantage of the AHF Website's online eCommerce system to pay member dues.
Atilla Kocsis provided a status report on the National Headquarters, which is located in the National Press Building. AHF 1st VP, Frank Koszorus, summarized both recent and upcoming activities for the Political Affairs committee. He read the most recent public statement signed by AHF and a cross-section of the American Hungarian community and others condemning former President Ion Iliescu’s shocking statement on March 25th blaming Hungarians of Tirgu Mures (Marosvasarhely) for the violence in March 1990 when ethnic Rumanians brought in by trucks viciously attacked ethnic Hungarians who were seeking rights denied them by the dictator Ceaucescu In keeping with AHF's goals of media outreach, the statement was written in English, Hungarian, and Rumanian. See "Related Downloads" on the right to download the letter.
Tibor Purger provided a synopsis on AHF participation in the Szabadka Forum and offered an excellent analysis on its outcomes and future developments. He noted that AHF participated in a truly historic occasion as the forum held in Szabadka (Subotica in Serbo-Croatian) marked the first time ethnic Hungarian political parties met without the support or participation of the Hungarian government in Budapest. Read more and view the joint declaration by clicking [here].
One of the highlights of the meeting included Rev. Dr. Stephen Szilagyi's stirring presentation on his organization's charitable activities. SARA has already provided over 30 million dollars of medical supplies and countless services to the poor in former Hungarian territories such as Carpatho-Ukraine (Karpatalja) and now around the world. In addition to distributing medical supplies, SARA develops a network of doctors, dentists, and other service providers to provide medical care and surgery to those who cannot afford it. AHF presented to Rev. Dr. Szilagyi its second "Tako Geza Award" given to individuals of outstanding character and contributions to the Hungarian people.
Acclaimed poet-performers Mihaly Czinkota and Kinga M. DeChapelle read some of their poems reflecting on the tragedies and triumphs of the 1956 revolution. Their uniquely choreographed presentation echoed each others thoughts and provided a bi-lingual glimpse into their words and ideas.
Dr. Paul J. Szilagyi introduced a new project code-named "Fulgur" or "lightning" in Latin. Fulgur was the title of a children's book about Hungary and its historic borders. Like its namesake, the Fulgur project aims to develop programs to support the survival of Hungarian communities in former Hungarian territories. Bryan Dawson-Szilagyi promoted the idea of supporting ethnic Hungarian organizations through sponsorship of technology and other innovations that can contribute to effective communication and coordination in former Hungarian territories. He commented there is a lack of centralized information and community outreach and that AHF can help provide that. Rev. Imre Bertalan Jr. added that Fulgur can also target ethnic Hungarians in the United States through educational opportunities and information dissemination. Dawson-Szilagyi added that the lack of full-time elementary education as well as a strong national presence in Washington that could offer internship and other government related educational opportunities are a major concern. Those interested in participating, are invited to join us!
Finally, AHF Director Attila Micheller formally announced AHF's plans to commemorate the 1956 Revolution's 50th Anniversary and called on members to join in the "1956 Commemoration Committee." Renowned artist and sculptor George Hollosy, gave a presentation of his work and ideas for a 1956 memorial. His sculptures are already standing in Liberty Square Boston, Cleveland, Akron and New Brunswick. Member organizations around the country are joining in this important milestone. AHF is seeking ways to support these local organizations, coordinate activities to increase media impact, and ways to make a permanent mark in Washington DC. AHF formed a 1956 Commemoration Committee and all are invited to join us and participate. If you are a local organization making plans for this event, please let us know how we can help!
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AHF joins statement entitled,"PROVOCATIVE ANTI-MINORITY STATEMENT UNDERMINES DEMOCRACY IN ROMANIA" - "As much as we welcome newly-elected President Traian Basescu’s pledge to implement reforms in Romania, we are appalled by former President Ion Iliescu’s shocking statement on March 25 blaming Hungarians of Tirgu Mures (Marosvasarhely) for the violence in March 1990 when ethnic Romanians brought in by trucks viciously attacked ethnic Hungarians who were seeking rights denied them by the dictator Ceaucescu."
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A Special Note
4/8/2005 - Tisztelt igazgatosag, tisztelt tagok, barataim! Gratulalok a sikeres gyulesnek. Koszonom kedves lapotokat, az alairasokat es a jo kivansagokat. Lassan, de biztosan gyogyulok es a kovetkezo osszejovetelen remelem talakozuk. Tisztelettel Kiss Janos, Philadelphia
Rev. Imre Bertalan has been the minister of the Hungarian Reformed Church of Washington, D.C., since 1981. In 1980, he was elected President of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America and led the organization until his retirement in 1992. He is President Emeritus of the American Hungarian Federation and has served on the boards of the HRFA, the Hungarian American Coalition, and the American Section of the World Alliance of Hungarians. [Read More]
"Serbia for the Serbs"- ANOTHER PROTESTANT SITE
DESECRATED IN SERBIA.
Unknown people desecrated crosses and other symbols on a Protestant
Germans against Kosovo Independence
"Die Welt" stressed that the international
The Hungarian Revolution as example to today's freedom
"It is fitting amongst all these fast paced revolutions to remember the forerunners of these revolutions. The seed of the present mushrooming of successful civilian revolutions can be traced to the will of thousands of students, who marched in the streets of Budapest on 23 October 1956, and the fortitude of the Tank man's defiance on 5 June, 1989." [read more]
"La Cicciolina," Ilona Staller Runs for Hungarian
After winning election in Italy, the porn star-turned politician has begun fundraising and calling for volunteers for a parliament bid in Hungary as an independent candidate. [Contact her representative] [read more in Hungarian]
Eyes on the Prize
Once deemed ahead of its time, an award-winning Hungarian security technology is now being pitched at the world market.
SaveAs Kft, a small Hungarian company specializing in IT consultancy
and security, expects a huge boost in its revenue as a result of
winning a prestigious prize at a well-known information and communication
technology fair. "I would be surprised if the product does
not double the revenue of the company by 2006," says Tamás
Gautier, managing director of SaveAs Kft, referring to the EagleEye
security software. This product won the silver European Seal of
Excellence in Multimedia 2005 in the software category awarded by
European Multimedia Association at the Cebit fair, held in March
in Hannover, Germany.
[BDsz - Is Ukraine really stable enough?]
Speaking at a press conference in Washington on 4 April after
his meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, U.S. President
George W. Bush said that
Microsoft Inaugurates Hungary Center
Microsoft Corp. opened a technical support center for central and eastern Europe on Tuesday. The center, set to employ more than 50 people by July, will assist corporate customers in the region and western Europe.
"The opportunities in the local market and the confidence in the internationally recognized knowledge of Hungarian professionals were decisive factors in Microsoft's decision to set up the center in Budapest," said Microsoft Hungary CEO Peter Vityi. [Read More]
MORE ATTACKS ON MINORITIES IN SERBIA.
Unknown people broke the
ANOTHER NATIONALIST INCIDENT IN SERBIA.
Unknown vandals on 23 March defaced with anti-Croatian slogans
a monument in Kragujevac dedicated to 7,000 school children and
other Serbs killed there by German forces in 1941 in retaliation
for guerrilla attacks on German personnel, RFE/RL's South Slavic
and Albanian Languages Service reported on 24 March. The monument
was a gift from Croatia about 20 years ago
[BDSz - how ironic - he'll study religion! The nationalist/academic
Corneliu Vadim Tudor, the founder of the nationalist Greater Romania Party, resigned as party president to pursue an academic career, Reuters reported on 13 March citing a senior party official. "Vadim chose to step down and become our honorary president to have more time for his academic career: he must finish four books and needs to focus on his Ph.D. diploma in Sociology of Religions," said Corneliu Ciontu, the party's new leader. After winning 20 percent in the 2000 elections, the Greater Romania Party has seen its popularity plunge to 12 percent in polls conducted late last year.
Former Hungarian President Pal Losonczi Dies
Pal Losonczi, 85, the president of communist Hungary from 1967 to 1987, died of cancer March 28 at a hospital in Kaposvar in southwestern Hungary.
Mr. Losonczi was minister of agriculture from 1960 to 1967. He then was appointed head of the Presidential Council of the Hungarian People's Republic, a figurehead presidency. He was also a parliamentary deputy from 1953 until 1989, when he retired. [read more]
Hungarian athletes lose golds on appeal
GENEVA — Hammer thrower Adrian Annus and discus thrower
Robert Fazekas lost appeals to keep their Olympic gold medals Friday
when world sport's highest court upheld an earlier decision by the
Vojvodina Hungarians call for Kosovo Serb-style autonomy
The leader of the Democratic Party of Vojvodina Hungarians, Andras Agoston, says that Serbia already has a basic concept of personal autonomy for national minorities, which is incorporated in the Serbian government's plan for the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija. [read more]
Hungarian unemployment rises sharply: More bad news for the Socialists
Washington Times (UPI), 3/30/2005
Hungary's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent at the end of February, official figures showed Wednesday. [read more]
Black Hand: The Dream of
"A self-appointed "guardian of all Serbs", the Serbian
state willingly engaged in agitation and confronted both other ethnicities
and the Dual Monarchy."
Steven Udvar-Hazy: Aviation Power Broker Flies Under the
At a time in the late 1960s, it seemed like every college student in the USA was busy tuning in and dropping out. Not UCLA's Steven Udvar-Hazy, "one of the greatest successes ever in the aviation business." [read more]
Huns of Hungary Demands Minority Status
Hungarian Parliament will convene next week to discuss a petition with 2,400 signatures to recognize the Huns in the country as a minority. At least two-thirds of parliamentary members need to vote in favor for the descendents of the Huns who settled in the region in the early 4th century to be officially recognized as minority. [read more]