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Opening Hours in November, December
The Library will be closed on November 25th and December 30th.
On November 18th we close exceptionally at 3 pm.

Nyitvatartás November, December
Könyvtárunk november 25-én és december 30-án zárva tart.
November 18-án kivételesen 15 órakor zárunk.

LANGUAGE COURSES AT THE AMERICAN HUNGARIAN LIBRARY – WINTER 2017-2018

 The following applies to all courses:

Location: 215 East 82 Street (between Second & Third Avenues), New York, NY 10028

Date: Monday or Tuesday afternoon/evening

Starting date: December 4th, 5th

Length of the course: 10 weeks, 90 minutes each class

Participation fee:  $399 including materials and handouts

Minimum 3 participants/course required

Register at:  nymagyarkonyvtar@gmail.com  

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Hungarian Short Film Event – Thursday, November 16th 2017 at 7 PM

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society

cordially invites you to the

Hungarian Short Film Event

with the screening of the following five award winning Hungarian short films, with EN subtitles :

Wall (Fal), Sound of Concrete (Betonzaj), My Guide (Újratervezés), Ricsi, Sing (Mindenki)

Thursday, 16 November, 2017 at 7 PM

American Hungarian Library

215 East 82nd Street, New York City, NY 10028

RSVP and inquiries: Tel: 1-646-340-4172 – email: info@americanhungarianlibrary.org –

Web: www.americanhungarianlibrary.org

Admission is free – donations to the Library are appreciated

age limit: 16+

 

Wall / Fal

Hungary, 2013, Colour, 11 min

Laci is a 16-year old gypsy boy, who lives off casual jobs. One day, he gets picked up from the streets along with a small group of workers for a construction job. He has to participate in the completion of a wall that surrounds a series of tenement buildings. The film follows the various stages of the construction as Laci helps out the other workers. In the end, Laci is asked to complete the work. He now takes his first look beyond the wall, which holds an unusual revelation for him. Tampere International Short Film Festival Prix UIP Tampere (European Short Film)

Laci alkalmi munkákból tengődő, 16 év körüli cigány srác. Iskoláit valószínűleg nem sikerült befejeznie, talán még a 8 általánost sem. Munkát csak nehezen talál, így minden alkalmat megragad. Egy napon kőművesmunkát kap: egy falon kell dolgoznia a társaival együtt. Egy darabig segít a többieknek, majd megkérik, hogy ő fejezze be az építményt. Ekkor pillant be először a fal mögé.
Tamperei Nemzetközi Rövidfilm Fesztivál 2014 dijnyertese

Director/Rendező : Simon Szabó
Cast/Szereplők : Tóth Sándor, Lovas Emília

 

 

Sound of Concrete / Betonzaj

Hungary, 2015, Colour, 29 min

Dia is a young female kickboxer who lives in the suburbs of Budapest with her mom and younger brother. Her dream is to compete in Germany where she can earn good money. All she has to do is win her upcoming championship. Two weeks prior to that Dia finds out that she is pregnant from her lover, who also happens to be her coach. Now she must face not only her competition, but time and the thought of abortion aswell. Hungarian Film Award for Best Short Film 2016

A Betonzaj egy kickboxos lányról, Diáról szól, aki élete legfontosabb meccse előtt áll. Barátjával, aki egyben edzője is, közös, új jövőt terveznek Németországban, de ez csak akkor valósulhat meg, ha Dia nyer. Két héttel az ütközet előtt kiderül, hogy a lány terhes. Diának nem csak a fizikai ellenféllel kell megküzdenie, hanem az abortusz gondolatával, ösztöneivel, önmagával is. 2. Magyar Filmhét(2016)- Legjobb kisjátékfilm

Director/Rendező : István Kovács

Cast/Szereplők : Dóra Sztarenki,nLászló Mátray, Tünde Szalontay, Álmos Galló …

 

My Guide / Újratervezés

Hungary, 2012, Colour, 13 min

An elderly couple in the traffic. The wife chitchats, warns, controls. She is a policeman, a GPS and a commentator, all at once. The husband growls or strikes out. This is how their world works. But life is a constant replanning…  BERLIN INTERFILM – 2014 Car Shorts award,  SZÖUL ASIANA – 2014 audience award, VUKOVAR FILMFESZTIVÁL – 2014 Best Short Film award

Tóth Barnabás alkotása egy házaspár mindennapi életéről, civakodásairól, a szeretetről és összetartozásról. A végén  váratlan fordulattal. Mindez egy autó utasterében játszódik. Nemes egyszerűség, de annál több mondanivaló a kompakt szívbe markoló történetben. BERLIN INTERFILM – 2014 Car Shorts díj,  SZÖUL ASIANA – 2014 Közönségdíj, VUKOVAR FILMFESZTIVÁL – 2014 Legjobb rövidfilm díja

Director/Rendező : Tóth Barnabás

Cast/Szereplők : Pogány Judit Kovács Zsolt

 

 

Ricsi

Hungary, 2014, Colour, 15 min

Richie’s friends have organised a farewell party the night before he needs to go away. Meanwhile instead of him it is his mother who is packing for the trip.

Winner of the Best Hungarian Short Fiction Film Prize – Mediawave Film Festival 2015,  Winner of the Best Performance – Budapest Short Film Festival 2015, Winner of the Visegrad Fund Special Prize – Budapest Short Film Festival 2015

A 17 éves Ricsi nagy útra készül, az utolsó estéjén búcsúbulit tartanak neki a barátai, miközben az anyja összecsomagolja a holmiját. A Ricsi dokumentumfilm és játékfilm keveredéséből született. Vagány főszereplőjének minden mozdulata igaz és őszinte.

Legjobb magyar rövidfilm díja – Mediawave Filmfesztivál 2015, Legjobb színészi alakítás díja – BUSHO Nemzetközi Rövidfilm Fesztivál 2015, Visegrádi alap különdíja – BUSHO Nemzetközi Rövidfilm Fesztivál 2015

Director/Rendező : Gábor Hörcher

Cast/Szereplők : Rozália Rajki, Richárd Steinbach, Péter Fonyadt, Imre Kulics, György Magvas, Éva László Imréné

 

 Sing / Mindenki

Hungary, 2016, Colour, 25 min

‘Sing’ is a childhood drama with a lot of music, set in 1990s Budapest, Hungary. Inspired by a true story, it follows an award winning school choir and the new girl in class who just might uncover the ugly secret behind their fame.  More than ten international awards including the 89th Academy Awards United States 2017 :  Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film

1991-et írunk, a 10 éves Zsófi új iskolába kerül. Az új helyen sok minden idegen és furcsa, de van remény: Zsófi bekerül az iskola híres kórusába, és összebarátkozik Lizával, aki a legnépszerűbb lány az osztályban. Még nem is sejti, hogy hamarosan Lizával együtt kell szembeszállniuk a kórusvezető Erika nénivel, aki nem olyan kedves, mint amilyennek elsőre látszik. Több mint tíz nemzetközi díjat nyert rövidfilm, köztuk a 89. Oscar-gála (2017) Oscar-díja a legjobb élő szereplős kisfilmnek (Deák Kristóf, Udvardy Anna)

Director/Rendező : Kristóf Deák

Cast/Szereplők : Szamosi Zsófia, Gáspárfalvi Dorka, Hais Dorottya, Karádi Borbála, Garami Mónika

“1945” a film by Ferenc Török – U.S. Theatrical premiere on November 1st in NYC

Synopsis

On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. A superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: you can’t go home again.

LANGUAGE COURSES AT THE AMERICAN HUNGARIAN LIBRARY – FALL 2017

 The following applies to all courses:

Location: 215 East 82 Street (between Second & Third Avenues), New York, NY 10028

Date: Monday or Tuesday afternoons

Starting date: September 25th or 26th

Lenght of the course: 10 weeks, 90 minutes each class

Participation fee:  $399 including materials and handouts

Minimum 5 participants/course required

Register at:  nymagyarkonyvtar@gmail.com  

Deadline: September 23, 2017

21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society

invites you to a presentation and library book talk by:

Judith Kesserű Némethy

Historian

 “21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania”

 Friday, 15 September, 2017 at 6:30 PM

American Hungarian Library

213 East 82nd Street, New York City, NY 10028

RSVP and inquiries: Tel: 1-646-340-4172 – email: info@americanhungarianlibrary.org

Web: www.americanhungarianlibrary.org

Admission is free – donations to the Library are appreciated – Reception to Follow

 The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society is pleased to sponsor a talk and conversation with Professor Némethy about this fascinating volume. She has done a great service to historiography of the region by initiating, organizing and editing the essays in this work dealing with the present day situation of Hungarian as a minority language in Romania. She will share her experiences working with authors in Hungary and Transylvania, the challenge of translation, and the process by which a scholarly compendium such as this comes together.

This collection of research is an important addition to the study of the Hungarian language in the Diaspora that should be of interest not only to linguists and sociolinguists but to historians and political or social scientists, educators, and dialectologists as well. The problems presented, albeit referring specifically to the Hungarian language in Romania today, have parallels across borders and across all languages spoken by minorities.

 About the presenter:

Judith Kesserű Némethy is Clinical Professor (retired) in New York University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Born in Hungary, she grew up in Argentina. Her research and teaching interests include foreign language teaching methodology, second language acquisition, bilingualism, Spanish dialectology, and ethnic, minority and diaspora studies. She has published widely on the history of Hungarian émigrés in Argentina, on South American youth of Hungarian descent, on Hungarian instruction in Western countries, and on bilingualism of American-Hungarian teenagers. As a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the University of Szeged, she taught courses on Latin American Literature and on the History of the Hungarian Diaspora. She was director of the Spanish Language Program at New York University for 20 years.

Dr. Némethy is past president of the American Hungarian Educators Association, Executive Committee member of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris and administrator of scholarship applications to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (formerly Balassi Institute) Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies program for students of Hungarian descent. She is a recipient of the 2012 Knight Cross Merit Award of the Republic of Hungary and of NYU’s 2013 Golden Dozen Teaching Award.

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2017 Declared Saint László Commemorative Year in Hungary

Bust of King Ladislaus, courtesy of Alchetron.com

Unifying Force in Central Europe: The 940th Anniversary of László I King, Knight and Saint

What kind of a life would someone lead that would be worth remembering 940 years later?  It would need to be revolutionary, inspiring and exemplary. It would need to be the kind of life that would inspire legends.  Elected to the throne of Hungary in 1077 by both nobles and clergy, Árpád-ház descendent László I was such a man. Renowned for his fairness, and diplomacy, László promoted regional cooperation and resolved civil unrest.  He established a strong central government, enforced strict laws, expanded the country’s boundaries and transformed Hungary into a European power through his allegiance to Christianity. With this impressive legacy, it’s little wonder that 940 years later, he remains one of the most beloved kings of Hungary and that to this day, László is the most common Hungarian male surname.

 

Facial Reconstruction of King and Saint László, courtesy of the MTT Museum Blog

 

Life Lessons at an Early Age 

 Born in exile on June 27, 1040 in Krakow, Poland (son of King Béla I of Hungary and Queen Richeza of Poland), László (Ladislaus in Latin) lived during times of political and religious infighting, and disputed claims to Hungary’s throne. He was raised as a Christian in the royal Polish Court of Duke Casimir I, and grew to be a pious and chivalrous young man. He most certainly would have heard about the “good old days” when István Király ruled Hungary. Both the religious and political concerns of his day must have weighed heavily on young László, and helped shape his early thinking and later development.

 

A Warrior and a Decisive Leader

Standing six feet tall, unusually tall for his time, the young László struck an imposing figure.  He was in fact, a strong and impressive warrior.  Already early on, stories about his valiant deeds as a knight had started to circulate, many of these would later become favorite legends.

Highlights of his legacy include a daring overthrow in 1073 where László and his brother Géza confronted their cousin Salomon who had usurped the Hungarian throne, battled him and succeeded in driving him from Hungary.

Painting of King Ladislaus, courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art

Unlike the preceding political warring factions that vied for power even amongst family members, László stood by his older brother Géza and advised him during the latter’s short, three-year rule. Then at the age of 37, László succeeded his brother as King of Hungary. He defended the country from the Kuns, an invading rival pagan nation, who were ultimately integrated into Hungary.  Depictions of these battles survive in several ancient church paintings.

Following the 1091 death of Croatian King Zvonimir László claimed title to the neighboring kingdom on hereditary grounds as he was the departed’s brother-in-law. This move signaled Hungary’s arrival as a powerful new dynasty in Europe. Though László I was not the one to ultimately consolidate power, the union between Hungary and Croatia would be defining for both nations and last until 1920 following the end of World War I.

 

The Knight-King

Basilica in Oradea, Romania

László maintained a close relationship with Pope Gregory VII. He was a man ahead of his time, not only establishing churches, bishoprics and supporting missionaries, but allowing religious freedom for Jews and Muslims who lived under his domain. He was well respected because he ruled everyone equally – albeit with the strict hand common to the times.

In 1092, he presented a series of laws on religious and civil matters at the Synod of Szabolcs. It was at his request that Hungary’s first Christian king István (Stephen), his son Imre (Emeric), and the martyred bishop Gellért were recognized by the Holy See as saints. This was a significant step in helping Hungary and its people embrace Christianity and align itself with Rome.

László’s many accomplishments were recognized outside of Hungary.  He was chosen by the kings of France, Spain and England to command the First Crusade but alas fell ill on a military expedition to help the Prince of Moravia. He died in Nitra, Bohemia on July 29, 1095 at the age of fifty-five. Buried in the city and the cathedral he founded in Nagyvárad – today’s Oradea, Romania, he was already canonized in 1192 by Pope Celestine III.

 

The Face of László

King and Saint Laszlo’s Skull and Protective 15th Century Reliquary courtesy of sg.hu

In 1192, Saint László’s tomb was opened and his skull was put into a reliquary or herma. In 2011, a group of scientists opened the herma which was held in the Basilica of Győr, and based on the skull were able to reconstruct the face of this legendary king. Looking at this remarkable reconstruction, the veil of time is lifted and you see the face of a wise and benevolent man.

There is an entire  museum dedicated to Saint László in Győr where visitors can see the reconstruction and learn more about his extraordinary life.

 

 

 

Continuing László’s Unifying Legacy

Throughout 2017 commemorative events in Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia will honor of the 825th anniversary of László’s canonization and the 940th anniversary of his reign as king, as well as his role in uniting the peoples of Central Europe.

 

You can learn more through the many educational programs, a traveling exhibition, history contests for students and a scientific conference being held throughout the year in Budapest, Győr, Nagyvárad, (Romanian: Oradea), the Slovak towns of  Nitra (Hungarian: Nyitra) and Debrad (Hungarian: Debrőd); as well as Zagreb, Croatia and Krakow, Poland.

 

by Alden Mohacsi

 

 

MAGYAR NYELVŰ KÖNYVEK:

APOR KLÁRA:
Vándormadarak – Visszaemlékezés

A vándormadarak visszaköltöznek. Ha másként nem, hát könyvben küldik vissza az életüket. Az külön jó, ha nem szépítik meg a távolsággal, ha olyan őszintén és nyíltan tudnak vallani a múló évtizedek szépségeiről és nehézségeiről, mint egykoron a Brazíliában élő Lénárd Sándor tette, és ahogy most Argentínából Apor Klára szól hozzánk. Emigrációs életrajz.

 

MÉHES GYÖRGY:
Bizalmas jelentés egy fiatalemberről

A Fiatalember egykori énje egy polgári Ábel, erényeivel és hóbortjaival együtt. Háború és szerelem, tragédia, komédia és érzelem tombol ebben a regényben, mely egyszerre valósítja meg egy nyugtalan ifjú lelkének és egy még nyugtalanabb kornak a rajzát. A művet a szerző kiegészítette olyan epizódokkal, melyeket az első kiadásba nem volt ajánlatos belefoglalni, és végre leírhatta azokat a mondatokat is, melyekkel akkor szerette volna befejezni a regényt.

 

BOOKS IN ENGLISH

GYULA ANTALFFY:
A Thousand Years of Travel in Old Hungary

The author gives us a miscellany, a treasure trove of travel in Hungary from early times ​ ​on, all bound together with the historical thread that runs through the book and gives it coherency. It is also the story of those who voyaged up and down the country, a story interwoven with historical episodes, travel adventures and t​​r​i​​​bulations, and the changing images of the Hungarian scene. It evokes a vivid picture of life on the Hungarian roads and rivers from the Magyar Conquest to the steam engine.

 

ISTVÁN ÖRKÉNY:
One-Minute Stories

The Egyperces novellák are István Örkény’s trademark ​”mini”​ tales ​, or rather ​one-​minute​ ​stories (or, more accurately: novellas), each at most a few pages in length, easily and quickly digested. He published dozens of them over his career, and One​-​Minute Stories presents a selection of fifty​ ​eight of them in English. The stories are clever and witty, and a few a​re​ very dark. Certainly worthwhile.

Film Club in May

Filmklub
2017. május 18., csütörtök, 19 óra

PARKOLÓ
MIKLAUZIC BENCE filmje,
2014-es magyarul beszélő, magyar filmdráma, angol felirattal,
92 perc
Korhatár 16 év

A film története: A pesti bérházak rengetegében, egy üres foghíjtelken áll a Parkoló. A Parkoló ura Légiós, aki egy sajátos, nyugodt kis birodalmat hozott létre a tűzfalak tövében. Egy nap azonban olyan vendég érkezik, akinek feltűnése alapjaiban változtatja a hely addig megszokott életét. Imre, a gazdag üzletember 1968-as Ford Mustangjának keres biztonságos parkolóhelyet, és ezzel fordulatos, meglepetésekkel teli párbaj veszi kezdetét.

A filmhez üdítőt és pattogatott kukoricát kínálunk.

Ajánlott adomány $5.00

A korlátozott ülőhelyek miatt, kérjük részvételi szándékát az info@americanhungarianlibrary.org címen jelezze.

Film Club
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 pm

CAR PARK
DIRECTED BY MIKLAUZIC BENCE,
2014 Hungarian drama with English subtitles, 92 minutes
Rated R

The film’s story: A parking lot in the middle of Budapest. Anyone can park wherever they like in the car park, except for one place; the spot where Legionaire, the owner of the lot, buries dead blackbirds. But then a man appears who wants to obtain that exact place for his 1968 Ford Mustang… at any cost. A tale about lonely men who challenge each other’s opposing ways of life in all sorts of unexpected ways and are forced to face the lie they are living.

Refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation: $5.00

Limited seating. Please RSVP to info@americanhungarianlibrary.org