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*The red star, hated symbol of Communism, was the first thing toppled by the Hungarian people during the Revolution of 1956. This commemorative monument, entitled Star Toppling, was erected in the town of Tököl. While the form if basically that of a star, it also looks like a deformed human being. The artist was Szórádi Zsigmond. Used by permission of Ocsovai András, who posted the photo. See the full story...

Magyar anya búcsúja fiától 1956 október végén
Magyar anya búcsúja fiától 1956 október végén

A Hungarian Mother's Farewell to Her Son at the End of October 1956

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Csikós Zoltán

The Legacy of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

Corvin Köz
The Legacy of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

Entitled “From the Warsaw Pact to NATO: The Legacy of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution”, the then Hungarian Ambassador to the United States wrote this piece in October of 1999, ten years after the ouster of the Communist regime. 

 

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Géza Jeszenszky

October 23rd

Statue of John Capistrano in the Castle District of Buda
October 23rd

Some thoughts on the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.  Hail to the defeated! 

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Erika Papp Faber

American-Hungarian Community

Október 23.-i ünnepély / October 23rd Observance
All are invited to join at the 1956 memorial plaque next to Fairfield Town Hall in Fairfield, CT on Sunday, October 20th at 3 PM for the wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a program at the Fairfield Historical Society right behind Town Hall. Refreshments will be served following the program. See the full story...

Szüreti Bál - Harvest Ball
The Wallingford, CT Hungarian Community Club invites everyone to its Harvest Ball on October 12th at 7 PM.  For details, see poster inside.  See the full story...

Zsuzsa Lengyel Recognized for Nurturing Heritage

Consul General István Pásztor and Zsuzsa Lengyel, Associate Webmaster of MNO
Zsuzsa Lengyel Recognized for Nurturing Heritage

At the seventh gathering of AMIT (Amerikai Magyar Iskolák Találkozója – American Hungarian School Meeting) in New York, the Hungarian Consul General István Pásztor presented our Associate Webmaster Zsuzsa Palócz Lengyel with a Certificate of Honor in recognition of her “dedication and commitment” to “preserving and nurturing the values of Hungarian cultural heritage in the United States of America”.

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Magyar News Classics

Fond Memories of the Opening Ceremonies
This was originally printed in the October 1995 issue of Magyar News. See the full story...

Arts and Culture

A Musical Dynasty and a Hungarian Mozart?

Szokolay Ádám Zsolt
A Musical Dynasty and a Hungarian Mozart?

Is musical talent inheritable?  Is it nature or nurture?  Maybe both?  Find out from the saga of this musical dynasty.

 

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

Damjanich János

Damjanich János
Damjanich János

Damjanich János was one of the heroes of the 1848 Hungarian uprising against Habsburg rule.  On October 6th, 1849 he paid for his bravery by giving his life for the cause, along with 12 other Hungarian officers.

Damjanich János married Emilia Csernovics, my great-aunt, in 1847.  Following the death of her husband, she devoted her life to charitable work and lived in Budapest*.  After the death of her sister-in-law in 1872, her brother asked that she help him with his two orphaned daughters.  Thus, 18-year-old Roxanne and 8-year-old Lara went to live with their aunt in Budapest.  Lara Csernovics was my grandmother and she lived with her aunt until her own marriage in 1895.

The following reminiscences of Damjanich János’ life were related by Emilia and recorded in beautiful longhand in a notebook by my grandmother.

 

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Ilona Jeszenszky Etlényi

Folksong: A szegedi utca jaj, de sáros

Before regulation of the Tisza River envisioned and begun by Széchenyi István, Szeged was frequently inundated, most notably in 1879, as mentionedin the above article.  That will explain the reason for this folksong.

 

Folksongs provide many clues not only about the culture, but also about the language.  While this one refers to the state of the streets in Szeged before the end of the 1800’s, when the streets were finally paved (see “The Slippers of Szeged” in the October 2011 issue of Magyar News Online), it can also serve to point out some of the intricacies of the Hungarian language.  

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Borsos tokány (Peppered stew)
Borsos tokány (Peppered stew)

As the weather turns cooler, this substantial dish will become a favorite.

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Hungary Past and Present

Snapshots: A Small Portrait of the City of Szeged

Town Hall of Szeged
Snapshots: A Small Portrait of the City of Szeged

Not many people know that the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 actually began in Szeged, where Hungarian students first stood in solidarity with the students of Poland who were demonstrating against the Polish Communist government.  That is why we are presenting this item in this particular issue.  But before messengers could announce the news in Budapest, a peaceful demonstration began in the capital as well. When the secret police fired on the crowd later on that day, the Revolution began.   

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Charles Bálintitt Jr.

The Martyrs of Arad - Marking the 170th Anniversary

Nagysándor János
The Martyrs of Arad - Marking the 170th Anniversary

On October 6th, a plaque honoring the 13 Martyrs of Arad will be unveiled and blessed at Nagysándor János utca in Pest, marking the 170th anniversary of their execution by the Austrians. 

 

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It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Did you know ...

Csili Péter with the huge harcsa (catfish) which he caught
Did you know ...

... that we have a technological invention that will benefit all who take medicines, as well as a clarification of a historic event, and a true fish story? 

 

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