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Nemzeti dal

The March issue would not be complete without Petőfi’s „Nemzeti dal – National Song”. As described in the recently published „A Sampler of Hungarian Poetry” by Erika Papp Faber, „He recited this call to action on March 15th, 1848, electrifying his audience to such an extent that it sparked the uprising against Austrian domination.” This translation of „Nemzeti dal” is taken from that volume, for which Erika reworked her earlier version.

The hard cover book contains translations of 61 well-known Hungarian poems, juxtaposed with the originals for easier comparison. A biography of each of the 21 poets puts every poem in historic perspective. Csilla Somogyi’s excellent portrait drawings enliven the verses. (Her Petőfi portrait on the header is taken from the book.) A map and a list help the reader locate the places where each poet was born and died.

Cost of the book is $25. + $3. postage within the contiguous 48 States. Orders may be placed with the author/translator at P.O. Box 122, Danbury, CT 06813.

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Petőfi Sándor

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ALMOST a Date in Hungarian History: March 11, 1513
 

  

With the election of a new Pope imminent, it is interesting to reread the story of Bakócz Tamás, Archbishop of Esztergom. Five hundred years ago, almost to the date, he was prominent among the papabile – candidates who had a chance of being elected Pope! But his failure brought in its wake a catastrophic civil war that was a major contributing factor to the Turkish victory a dozen years later.

 

 

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Erika Papp Faber

Húsvétra
We wish all our kind Readers a very blessed Easter with a poem by Juhász Gyula. See the full story...
Juhász Gyula

 American-Hungarian Community

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Jamene Farrell Winner of Lions Clubs Award

Those Hungarian genes can’t be denied! They lead to success, even in the third generation.

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Ismét összefogtunk!

Cooperating Once Again - Ismét összefogunk!

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 Hungary Today

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Blandings tree snake
A Hungarian Snake Charmer

Unlike the system of the West, the Eastern Zodiac has a cycle of twelve years instead of months. In the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the Year of the SNAKE. As if by cosmic connection, the February, 2013 issue of National Geographic’s “The Healing Power of Venom” article deals with the science of snake venom toxinology and its renowned scientist Zoltán Takács. Although our hero was not born in the Year of the Snake, he chose those slinky, venomous creatures as the target of his life’s research.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

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Another One for the Book!

Hungarians once again made the Guinness Book of Records. No, not in any sporting event … but – are you ready? – in tasting doughnuts!

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Snapshots: TOKAJ, Wine capital of Hungary

Whether you like wine or not, the Tokaj area of Hungary is well worth a visit, providing a glimpse into the country's most famous export. Join us on the most famous wine route in Hungary, perhaps in the world.

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Paul and Debbie Soos

 Magyar News Classics

1848
The original article was printed in the March 2000 issue of the Magyar News See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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Paprika III
During th thhe 1980’s Claudia and Joseph Balogh wrote, edited and presented an informative radio series in the Bridgeport, Connecticut area as part of the weekly program featuring Rózsika and László, very well known and respected Hungarian musicians. The Hungarian Mosaic focused on a variety of topics of interest to Hungarian Americans and were pleased to present another of the topics. See the full story...

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MIMI – a novel
Even those who do not care for history will be enchanted with “Mimi”, a novel set in the World War II era. And they will receive an insight into a period of Hungarian history as seen through its impact on individual lives.  See the full story...
Ágnes Huszár Várdy

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Veréb
Same Idea, Different Words

There are numerous proverbs denoting similar concepts in Hungarian and in English, but it’s done with different expressions. Here is a handful of them.

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Sárga túró (Yellow Cheese)

An Easter specialty from Szabolcs County. It may be served with the traditional Easter dinner.

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 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

It's a small world

You never know what surprise may await you when you go to the mall, as Karolina Szabo found out a few years ago.

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Did you know...

…that the Hungarian Post Office has released a commemorative stamp honoring the designer of the Model-T Ford?

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