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60th anniversary of 1956 Hungarian Revolution

60th anniversary of 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
October 20, 2016

The Crack in the Berlin Wall began with a hole in a flag in Budapest!

As President John F. Kennedy said "October 23, 1956 is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man's desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required."

At one time (maybe still) there were more Hungarians in Cleveland than anywhere in the world outside of Budapest. Many Hungarians came here in 1956 because of the Fight for Freedom against the Soviet Union in Hungary. On October 20, 2016 the Hungarian community, including many 56ers, gathered at Cleveland City Hall to remember the 1956 Revolution.

The Hungarian Flag flew over City Hall and a large Hungarian flag with the Communist symbol blanked out, hung in the Rotunda.

Hungarian flag in Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall

Jeanette Grasselli Brown served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the program celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956. In her welcoming remarks Jenny told how '60 years ago a small nation shook the foundation of the Communist world.'

Jenny Brown speaking

Jenny Brown


The US and Hungarian flags were presented and Ted Horvath led the crowd in the US and Hungarian national anthems.

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Singing the national anthems

Singing the national anthems


Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai of the First Hungarian Reformed Church gave the Invocation. Rev. Krasznai first spoke in English and then Hungarian.



Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai

Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai

Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai

Mistress of Ceremonies Jeanette Grasselli Brown introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at the program celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956. Mayor Jackson praised the diversity of Cleveland and the contributions of the Hungarian community. He presented a proclamation from the City to Jenny Brown.



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Jenny Brown and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Jenny Brown and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Honorary Consul General of Hungary Laszlo Bojtos is a 56er. He gave the keynote address at the program celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956. Consul Bojtos told of his experiences in 1956.



Honorary Consul General of Hungary Laszlo Bojtos

Honorary Consul General of Hungary Laszlo Bojtos


Honorary Consul General of Hungary Laszlo Bojtos keynote


Consul Bojtos called for all the 56ers to stand and then a group photo was taken.



Hungarian 56ers in Cleveland City Hall

Hungarian 56ers in Cleveland City Hall

A 56er told the motto of his countrymen during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He spoke the saying in Hungarian and then translated it as 'Who is not with us is against us.'



Jeanette Grasselli Brown thanked keynote speaker and 56er Honorary Consul General of Hungary Laszlo Bojtos. She read part of the entry from the US Congressional Record about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and then the flags of the US and Hungary were retired.



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Enjoy these other images from the 60th anniversary event.

Reverend Krasznai, Mayor Jackson, Marika Megyimori and Ted Horvath

Reverend Krasznai, Mayor Jackson,
Marika Megyimori and Ted Horvath


Vera Holczer and Jenny Magistrelli from the Aurora School of Music

Vera Holczer and Jenny Magistrelli from the Aurora School of Music


Mrs and Consul Laszlo Bojtos

Mrs and Consul Laszlo Bojtos


Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble members

Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble members


Imre Mate is a 56er who is in rehab so couldn't attend but sent this photo

Imre Mate is a 56er who is in rehab so couldn't attend
but was there in spirit


Crowd at Hungarain Revolution 60th anniversary in Cleveland


Mrs and Consul Laszlo Bojtos and family members

Mrs and Consul Laszlo Bojtos and family members


Hungarian 56ers and August Pust

Hungarian 56ers and August Pust


Hungarian 56ers John Megyimori and

Hungarian 56ers John Megyimori and


Jenny Brown, Mayor Frank Jackson and Ted Horvath

Jenny Brown, Mayor Frank Jackson and Ted Horvath


Reverend Krasznai, Jenny Brown, Mayor Jackson,Marika Megyimori  and

Reverend Krasznai, Jenny Brown, Mayor Jackson,
Marika Megyimori and


Hungarian Scouts


Crowd at Hungarain Revolution 60th anniversary in Cleveland






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