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Hungarian Festival of Freedom

Hungarian Festival of Freedom
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of the Hungarian Revolution
October 21-22, 2006 Cleveland, Ohio

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was the first domino in a series of domino-effect events that led to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of Soviet communism. What really happened? What were the politics behind the politicians? What are the implications of this historic event and how are they manifested in current affairs and conflicts around the world?

Hungarian Festival of Freedom logo 1956-2006


These questions and more were answered on Saturday, October 21, 2006 when the Cleveland Hungarian Revolution 50th Anniversary Committee (CHR50) hosted a daylong event to commemorate, reflect upon and celebrate the Revolution. The events included an intense, 3-part series of panel discussions for the academic, political science and historically minded person. Panelists are experts in their fields from across the United States and Hungary.

The Festival of Freedom included performances and exhibits in the Wolstein Center at CSU. Hungarian organizations exhibited and there were also displays from school children's projects.

Hungarian Festival of Freedom dancers


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom Student Project


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom Hungarian Nobel laureates


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom - Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Hungarian Festival of Freedom


Wilma Smith speaking at Freedom Festival

Wilma Smith addresses the crowd


C

Congressman Tom Lantos speaking to the crowd.


Congressman Tom Lantos (CA) is the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the US Congress. He served from 1981 till his death in 2008.

The American Hungarian Federation recognized Congressman Lantos for his "Leadership in Support of Democracy, Human Rights and Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe, awarding him the organization's highest award the "Col. Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom" at the October 19, 2005 Congressional Reception commemorating the 49th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

He said, "It is only in the United States that a penniless survivor of the Holocaust and a fighter in the anti-Nazi underground could have received an education, raised a family, and had the privilege of serving the last three decades of his life as a Member of Congress. I will never be able to express fully my profoundly felt gratitude to this great country."

Congressman Tom Lantos and his daughter Annette

Congressman Tom Lantos and his daughter Annette


Danny and Kathy Vegh

Danny and Kathy Vegh


Event co-chair John Juhasz

Event co-chair John Juhasz


Congressman Dennis Kucinich and August Pust PhD

Congressman Dennis Kucinich and August Pust PhD


Model UN Students representing  Hungary

Model UN Students representing Hungary
(clockwise from bottom left) Andrew Tesler,Dominic Lamirand, Connor Dague and Jessica Munczenski


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Judy Osvath (right) in traditional Transylvanian costume

Judy Osvath (right) in traditional Transylvanian costume


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Marek Jan  Chodakiewicz PhD, author and lecturer, Professor of History Institute of World Politics

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz PhD, author and lecturer, Professor of History Institute of World Politics


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Margaret Csolty and Barbra Grayer

Margaret Csolty and Barbra Grayer


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Csardas dancers Candice Kish and Melissa Dial

Csardas dancers Candice Kish and Melissa Dial


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Beth Dane - Serana Polish Folk Ensemble

Beth Dane - Serana Polish Folk Ensemble


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Henry Cameron - Serana Polish Folk Ensemble

Henry Cameron - Serana Polish Folk Ensemble


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Stephen Agoston and Bela Gazdag

Stephen Agoston and Bela Gazdag


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Mary Lou and John Uray

Mary Lou and John Uray


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Kate Uhlir with Baloth family

Kate Uhlir with Baloth family. Mom Diana, Dad Steven, twins Zakary and Andrew and cousin Micah Baloth


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Bruno Thut - at age 19 was a youth leader in support of Hungarian refugees in Switzerland

Bruno Thut - at age 19 was a youth leader in support of Hungarian refugees in Switzerland


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Lithuanian Svyturys Dance Group

Lithuanian Svyturys Dance Group - Nick Hallal, Tadas Sirvinskas, Matt Hallal, Andrew Stungys


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Cleveland Clinic research Scientist Steven Reger, PhD,<br> 1956 Eyewitness.

Cleveland Clinic research Scientist Steven Reger, PhD
1956 Eyewitness.


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Eszti Pigniczky - Hungarian dancer in full costume

Eszti Pigniczky Hungarian dancer in full costume


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio


Hungarian Festival of Freedom 1956-2006 Cleveland Ohio - Artist Emery Bogardy

Artist Emery Bogardy


Hungarian Festival of Freedom - Freedom Fighter Statue




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