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Did you know....

Statue of King András II; Nobel Prize winner Louise Glück; Roskó Botond

…that the tomb of András II (also known as Endre II), King of Hungary 1205-1235, was found?

The Pázmány Péter Catholic University and the Museum of Bánát started the excavation below the Cistercian Monastery at Egres, in 2013. Egres is a historically Hungarian town presently in Romania, about 10 kilometers from the Hungarian border in Temes County. Hungarian and Romanian archaeologists have been researching the project and by now are 99% certain that what they found is the tomb of King András II and his second wife,
Yolanda de Courtenay.

The Monastery was founded by King Béla III, in 1179. His son, King András II, who was buried in 1235, was a controversial monarch. He recklessly spent royal funds. His first wife, Gertrude of Merania, favored her German kinsmen and was killed by the nobles whose support the King depended on. (This is the plot of the opera Bánk Bán by Katona József and Erkel Ferenc.) After his failed crusade to the Holy Land, the country was in a miserable state. Thus, in 1222, András II was forced to issue a royal charter, the Aranybulla (Golden Bull), that limited the royal rights and confirmed the rights of the aristocracy. (See the April 2020 issue of www.magyarnews.org)
The excavation is only 10% done. Unearthing the whole monastery will take another 10 years. There is not much hope of recovery of the remains of the royals, but it is important that the archaeologists show results by 2022, the anniversary of the Aranybulla.

…that soon the blind may be able to see?  That is what the research of Hungarian-born scientist, Botond Roska promises.  With his scientist team of Basel, Switzerland, he has developed a gene therapy that makes damaged retinas light-sensitive again, thus hoping to cure blindness and diseases.

Clinical trials with blind people have already begun.  Five people signed up for the first trial.  Test results will be ready by the end of the year.

Due to an injury, Botond had to give up early studies of music at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.  He then began studying medicine at the Semmelweis University of Budapest, followed by a PhD from the University of California Berkeley, and a fellowship from Harvard.

Roska is currently recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the study of vision and the retina. His work has been recognized by many international awards during the past two decades.

Another Hungarian we can be proud of!

...that Niagara Falls was clothed in red-white-and green for October 23rd anniversary? Even the Toronto CN Tower was turned into the same colors. 

…that this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Louise Glück? Although her father, Daniel Glück was born in America, the 77-year-old poet’s roots were from her paternal grandparents who emigrated from Hungary to the US in the 1920’s.

Louise was born in 1943 in New York City, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is currently a writer-in-residence at Yale University.

Over the years, our most celebrated poet has written numerous poetry collections dealing with family life and growing older, earning her awards such as the Pulitzer Prize and United States Poet Laureate.  It was her “incomparable poetic voice which, with austere beauty, makes individual existence universal” that secured her distinction for the Nobel Prize.



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