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2010 Press Releases


  • Hungarian American Coalition Announces Winners of the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

    December 21, 2010

    Nine students were awarded the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Awards for the 2010-2011 academic year. More...
  • Two Outstanding Hungarian Scientists Receive Károly Simonyi Prize in Hungary

    November 18, 2010

    On November 3, 2010 two outstanding Hungarian academics, Gabriella Pálla and József Bokor, received the Károly Simonyi Prize at the "Celebration of Hungarian Science 2010" at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Keynote speaker of the event was Pál Schmitt, President of the Republic of Hungary. More...
  • Message by President Obama on the Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

    October 23, 2010

    Washington, DC- October 23, 2010 The White House has released a Presidential Message on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The text of the message follows: "The White House Washington October 22, 2010 I send greetings to all those celebrating the 54th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. The Hungarian people's struggle against tyranny neither began nor ended in October 1956. Yet, the lasting effects of the Hungarian Revolution that autumn advanced the cause of freedom throughout Eastern Europe, carrying the bright light of liberty to the darkest corners of oppression. On this occasion, we both honor Hungary's journey as a sovereign nation, and we recognize the bonds between our peoples and countries. Hungary remains a steadfast friend and valued NATO ally. Countless Hungarian Americans have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the United States, and they continue to flourish in all areas of our national life while preserving their proud traditions. As you mark this anniversary and pay tribute to the legacy of Hungarians and Hungarian Americans, I wish you all the best. Barack Obama" More...
  • Standing Conference of Hungarians (MÁÉRT) Held in Budapest

    November 10, 2010

    On Friday, November 5, 2010, the Ninth Hungarian Standing Conference (MÁÉRT) was held in the Hungarian Parliament. Nineteen delegations of Hungarians from all over the world and representatives of Hungarian political parties gathered to discuss the plans of the Orbán government to assist Hungarians outside the country’s borders to strengthen their identity and to prevent further assimilation in the Carpathian Basin and the Western Diaspora Hungarian communities. More...
  • 5th Hungarian Americans Together (HATOG) Conference

    October 12, 2010

    Coordination in raising relief funds for the victims of the red-sludge disaster in Hungary was added to the cultural agenda when thirty-five Hungarian American leaders of 22 organizations from eight states gathered on October 9-10, 2010, at the Norridge United Church of Christ (Hungarian Reformed Church). The Conference was hosted by the Hungarian Club of Chicago, the Hungarian Society of Chicago, St. Stephen, King of Hungary Catholic Church, the Transylvanian Association, the Hungarian Communion of Friends, the Hungarian Cultural Advisory Council, and the Hungarian-Americans for Human Rights in Délvidék. More...
  • Coalition's Relief Fund to Help Victims of Red Sludge Disaster in Hungary

    October 8, 2010

    Graphic photographs in the international media have stunned and saddened concerned citizens around the world: on October 4, the wall of a reservoir at an alumina plant in northwest Hungary collapsed, unleashing a flood of toxic red sludge that killed 6 people until now and injured more than 120, according to the Hungarian government’s spokesman. Several towns were virtually destroyed, displacing hundreds of residents, who will probably never be able to return home. While its full long-term impact is not yet clear, the event represents a human and environmental disaster affecting not only the immediate region, but the larger ecosystem as well. More...
  • 10th Anniversary Celebration of Posonium Awards

    September 15, 2010

    The tenth presentation of the Posonium Literary and Fine Arts Awards was a festive occasion held on September 7, 2010, in Pozsony (Bratislava), Slovakia. A short musical program by Imre Németh featured Hungarian songs from the 16th and 17th centuries, and was followed by a reading of poetry. More...
  • “Torn from the Flag” Donor’s Edition Available

    September 7, 2010

    The Hungarian American Coalition, a major sponsor of Torn from the Flag, is pleased to endorse this film’s new “Donor’s Edition DVD.” More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Approves $525,000 Grant for Reconstruction of Semmelweis Medical School Lecture Hall

    June 14, 2010

    The Hungarian American Coalition approved a grant in the amount of $525,000 for the reconstruction of a lecture hall at the First Department of Medicine of the Semmelweis University in Budapest. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Holds Annual Meeting 2010

    December 9, 2010

    On December 4, 2010, the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) held its Annual General and Board Meetings at the Kossuth House in Washington, DC. Ted Horváth of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society took over the rotating chairmanship of the organization. The Board elected Sándor Krémer, President of the Magyar Club of Chicago, as Rising Chairman. More...
  • Zsolt Szekeres Honored by Hungarian Government

    August 6, 2010

    In an intimate ceremony attended by family and friends, Zsolt Szekeres was presented the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. The event took place on Friday, July 30, 2010, in the Panorama Room of the Foreign Ministry building in Budapest. More...
  • Dedication of a Commemorative Plaque on Carl Lutz's Residence in Washington, DC

    July 2, 2010

    On June 24, Dr. János Martonyi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Hungary, unveiled a memorial plaque on Carl Lutz’s residence in Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by the Carl Lutz Foundation, Budapest, the Government of the Republic of Hungary, the Hungarian American Coalition and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Statement on the Anniversary of the Treaty of Trianon

    June 4, 2010

    Today, June 4, 2010, marks the 90th anniversary of what many consider the darkest day of 20th century Hungarian history - the post-World War I Treaty of Trianon. Hungarians all over the world recall the tragic injustice of the dismemberment of Hungary, as the nation lost two-thirds of its territory, over half of its population, its sea access and most of its natural resources. While millions of ethnic Hungarians stayed in their historic communities, the borders shifted around them. Against their will, they were forced to become barely tolerated citizens of the successor states of Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and other states. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Welcomes Three New Organizational Members

    May 10, 2010

    Last week the Executive Committee of the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) approved the application request of three new organizational members: the Béla Bartók Hungarian School of Boston (“Boskola”), the Hungarian Society of Massachusetts from Boston, and the Hungarian American Cultural Center in Detroit, Michigan. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Supports “Incubator”

    May 4, 2010

    On March 14, 2010, the Executive Committee of the Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) approved the grant request of Coalition member Réka Pigniczky to support the presentation of her film “Incubator”, a documentary about growing up Hungarian in the United States. More...
  • Coalition Hosts Annual Gala Dinner in Honor of Former Governor of New York, George Pataki

    April 24, 2010

    On April 22, 2010, the Hungarian American Coalition hosted its sixth annual Gala Dinner at the House of Sweden in honor of George Pataki, Former Governor of New York. The Coalition recognized Mr. Pataki for his ongoing interest in Hungary and pride in his Hungarian American heritage, as well for his thorough understanding and deep empathy for the human rights issues of Hungarian communities in surrounding countries. Ambassador April H. Foley, Michael F. Neidorff, Ambassador George H. Walker III, and John C. Whitehead co-chaired the event. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Receives $150,000 Grant for Congressional Internship Program

    April 16, 2010

    The Charles Simonyi Fund for the Arts and Sciences has renewed and increased its grant to $150,000 to underwrite the Hungarian American Coalition’s (HAC) Congressional Internship Program (CIP) until 2011. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Provides Grant to Support Hungarian Minority Culture in Slovakia

    April 13, 2010

    The Hungarian American Coalition received a $10,000 donation to fund the Coalition's program to support Hungarian culture in Slovakia. As in previous years, the funds will be used to support the operation and some of the publications of the Madách Publishing House in Bratislava (Pozsony). More...
  • In Memoriam: András Sütő, Hungarian Writer and Human Rights Advocate

    March 18, 2010

    On March 19, 1990 – 20 years ago this week – András Sütő, the outstanding Hungarian writer and respected human rights advocate, was nearly beaten to death by a mob transported by Romanian nationalists to the town of Tirgu Mures (Marosvásárhely), Romania. Sütő lost an eye in the attack. Pictures of a badly beaten Sütő appeared in newspapers dashed hopes for improved relations between Romanians and the Hungarian minority, just months after the Romanian revolution had toppled the universally hated Ceausescu regime. More...
  • Statement by President Obama on the Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848

    March 15, 2010

    The White House Office of the Press Secretary released the following press release on the occasion of the 162nd anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. More...
  • The Benefits of Documenting Hungarian Heritage in the 2010 US Census

    March 9, 2010

    The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and takes place every ten years, as required by the Constitution. This year, the Census Bureau is mailing out census forms in March. The government has simplified the form, which now consists of only ten short questions. Question number 9, which asks for information about race, but also allows citizens to record their heritage, nationality group, and ethnicity, gives the Hungarian-American community an excellent opportunity to provide the government with an accurate estimate of the number of US residents with Hungarian ancestry. More...


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