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2009 Press Releases


  • Maximilian Teleki Honored at March 15th Commemoration

    March 19, 2009

    Each year on the Hungarian national holidays of March 15th and October 23rd, the Republic of Hungary honors individuals whose years of effort and extraordinary service have benefited Hungary. This year’s honorees include: Sally Painter, Principal, Dutko Worldwide; Gail Scott, Diplomatic Correspondent for Washington Life and Washington Diplomat; James Morrison, Diplomatic Columnist for The Washington Times, and Maximilian N. Teleki, President of the Hungarian American Coalition. More...
  • Capitol Hill Exhibit Honors Carl Lutz, Holocaust-era Hero

    March 25, 2009

    On March 24, under the sponsorship of Senator George Voinovich and Senator Robert Casey, the traveling exhibit “Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest” was opened in the Rotunda of the Senate Russell Office building. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Hungary's Membership in NATO

    March 25, 2009

    On March 9, 2009, the Hungarian American Coalition (HAC) participated in the event at the Hungarian Embassy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hungary’s NATO membership. As part of the event, Ambassador Ferenc Somogyi hosted a reception in honor of Hungary’s Minister of Defense Imre Szekeres. Remarks were delivered by Minister Szekeres, Ambassador Somogyi, Assistant Secretary of State Dan Fried and Chairman-Emerita of the Hungarian American Coalition Edith Lauer, who recalled the Coalition’s efforts on behalf of Hungary's NATO membership. The text of her remarks is attached to this press release. HAC was also represented by Maximilian Teleki, President and Ann Bader, Board Member. More...
  • Coalition Hosts Annual Gala Dinner in Honor of Former Deputy Secretary of State, John C. Whitehead

    April 17, 2009

    On April 16, 2009, the Hungarian American Coalition hosted its fifth annual gala dinner at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in honor of John C. Whitehead, Former Deputy Secretary of State and former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs. The Coalition recognized Mr. Whitehead for his commitment to public service, diplomacy, and his contributions to Hungary’s quest for freedom during the October of 1956. General Colin L. Powell, Governor George Pataki, and Ambassador George H. Walker III co-chaired the gala. More...
  • Grant Agreement to Fund the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarships Signed at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

    May 27, 2009

    The Hungarian American Coalition co-signed a Grant Agreement in Budapest today, which will extend the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarships until 2011.  The grant agreement was signed by Dr. József Pálinkás, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Károly Manherz, State Secretary for Higher Education and Science, Dr. Csaba Pléh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Magyary Zoltán Higher Education Public Foundation (Foundation) and Zsolt Szekeres, Treasurer of the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition). More...
  • Ninth Annual Posonium Awards Presented to Hungarian Writers and Artist in Slovakia

    June 11, 2009

    Pozsony (Bratislava)  June 11, 2009 More...
  • Bishop László Tőkés Awarded Truman-Reagan Freedom Medal by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

    June 18, 2009

    On June 16, Bishop László Tőkés, a leader of the Hungarian community in Romania and a member of the European Parliament, received the Truman-Reagan Freedom Medal at a ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol. During the past ten years, this prestigious award has been presented to individuals including Pope John Paul II, Vytautas Landsbergis, Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel, Viktor Orbán, János Horváth and Tom Lantos. More...
  • Georgia: One Year After the August War

    August 11, 2009

    In August 2008, the rumbling of Russian tanks into Georgia sent shock waves around the world and the vague dream of an independent and democratic country seemed to fade away.  As Georgia marks the first anniversary of last summer's brief and bitter war with Russia, it still faces great uncertainty. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Denounces Anti-Minority Language Law in Slovakia

    August 13, 2009

    The Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition), together with the National Committee of Hungarians from Slovakia and the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation, issued a statement denouncing the recently passed anti-minority language law in Slovakia. The statement calls upon American policy makers to urge Slovakian leaders to repeal the discriminatory provisions of the State Language Law and to recreate the law in a form that guarantees genuine equality for minority languages and the state language alike, in conformity with Slovakia’s international obligations. More...
  • Coalition Participates at Mass Protest Demonstration Against Slovak State Language Law in Dunaszerdahely

    September 2, 2009

    On September 1, two board members of the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) Mrs. Edith K Lauer and Zsolt Szekeres, attended the “Mass protest” under the slogan, “We stand up for our rights,” at the DAC stadium in Dunaszerdahely (Dunajská Streda), Slovakia. More...
  • In Memoriam: Paul Fekete (1925–2009)

    September 18, 2009

    It is with sincere regret and sadness that we inform you of the death of our longtime friend, Paul (Pál) Fekete, who passed away of heart failure on September 3rd, in Florida, with his wife Éva at his side. Pál was a founding member of the Hungarian Alumni Association and of the Hungarian American Coalition. More...
  • Hungarian Americans Together Conference IV

    October 7, 2009

    Thirty-five Hungarian American organizational leaders gathered on September 17-18, 2009, at the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum in downtown Cleveland for the fourth Hungarian Americans Together Conference (HATOG IV). The goals of the conference were: to learn about each other’s needs and programs; to continue building a network of communication and cooperation among Hungarian organizations in the U.S.; and to continue to develop a strategy for strengthening and saving our Hungarian American institutions to promote our Hungarian heritage, culture and mutual interests. The agenda focused on issues relevant to the needs of both the Hungarian American community and of Hungarians living in Hungary and the surrounding countries. More...
  • Governor George E. Pataki Visits University in Slovakia

    October 13, 2009

    On October 12, former NY Governor George E. Pataki delivered a lecture at the Selye Janos University, a Hungarian-language institution in the town of Komarno, Slovakia. Mr. Pataki’s speech, entitled “The Democratic Constitutional State in the 21st Century,” was attended by 380 students and the university’s faculty. Mr. Pataki was accompanied by Max Teleki, President and Zsolt Szekeres, Board member of the Hungarian American Coalition, and László Hámos, President of the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Receives Grant for the Károly Simonyi Prize in Hungary

    November 30, 2009

    The Hungarian American Coalition has received a grant from Dr. Charles Simonyi to extend the operation of the Károly Simonyi Prize until 2011 to support the development of scientific endeavors of Hungarians living in Hungary and beyond the borders. More...
  • 10th Anniversary of the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarship Award

    December 2, 2009

    On December 1, 2009, three noted Hungarian researchers received the Charles Simonyi Research Scholarship Award at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. The annual award was first established in 2000 by Dr. Charles Simonyi, with additional funds provided in 2006 and renewed twice subsequently, with the cooperation of the Hungarian American Coalition. This year it was the tenth time that the award was presented to serve the goal of encouraging research by Hungarian scientists. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Holds Annual Meeting

    December 6, 2009

    On December 5, 2009, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) held its 18th Annual General and Board Meetings at the Kossuth House in Washington, DC.  Steven J. Varga, Chairman of the Board of the William Penn Association took over the rotating chairmanship of the Coalition.  The Board also elected Ted Horvath, representative of the Cleveland Hungarian Historical Society as Rising Chairman. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Romanian Revolution in Temesvár

    December 17, 2009

    In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement saluting Bishop László Tőkés: “I am pleased to send my warmest greetings to you on this special anniversary. Two decades ago, countless Romanians united in a common cause and boldly stood for freedom and equality. In a time of great change, they helped forge a path of opportunity and hope, and began a new chapter in Romania’s history.” More...
  • Hungarian-American Community Celebrates the 2009 Inauguration at the Kossuth House in Washington, D.C.

    January 26, 2009

    Following is a press release received from the Organizing Committee of the Inauguration 2009 reception. More...

    December 24, 2009

    Five students were awarded the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Awards for the 2009-2010 academic year. More...


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