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 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:  

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


 “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:


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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szombatonként déltől délután 4 óráig.


Dear Library Visitors!

After the summer brake the Library is OPEN for reading and lending

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2017 Declared Saint László Commemorative Year in Hungary

Bust of King Ladislaus, courtesy of

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

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




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.


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.



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.


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

2017. május 18., csütörtök, 19 óra

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 címen jelezze.

Film Club
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 pm

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


Board Game Night in April

Az Amerikai Magyar Könyvtár és Történelmi Társulat szeretettel vár mindenkit legújabb

Társasjáték estjére

2017. április 19., szerda, 19:00
Helyszín: 215 E 82. utca, NY, NY 10028

Kellemes társaságban, családoddal, barátaiddal játszanál? Új játékpartnerre szeretnél szert tenni? Kipróbálnál izgalmas játékokat? Itt a helyed!

Az estet elsősorban felnőtteknek szánjuk, ahol rövidebb és hosszabb játékidőt igénylő, angol és magyar nyelvű játékokkal várjuk az érdeklődőket.

A következő játékokkal készülünk:

– Catan telepesei
– Exploding Kittens
– Rizikó
– Bang!
– Scrabble

… és még sokan mások!

A játékhoz üdítőt és pattogatott kukoricát kínálunk.

Ajánlott adomány: $5

A korlátozott ülőhelyek miatt, kérjük részvételi szándékát az címen jelezze.

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society Invites You to Our New Program

Board Game Night

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7 pm
at 215 E 82nd Street, NY, NY 10028

Join the fun and play in good company with family and friends, or find new playing partners. Try exciting board games. Don’t miss this opportunity!

This event is particularly for adults with select board games in English and in Hungarian.

The following board games will be set up:

– Settlers of Catan
– Exploding Kittens
– Risk
– Bang!
– Scrabble

… and many others too!

Refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation: $5

Limited seating. Please RSVP to

Spring Bookfair


2017. április 22., szombat,

Helyszín: 215 E 82. utca, NY, NY 10028

Ismét jótékonysági könyvvásár!

A kínálatban magyar és angol nyelvű regények, szakácskönyvek és egyéb művek is szerepelnek.

A könyvvásár teljes bevételét a könyvtár felújítására fordítjuk.

Saturday, April 22, 2017,
1 PM to 6 PM

at 215 E 82nd Street, NY, NY 10028

It’s back! ​The ​Spring Bookfair:

Fiction and non-fiction​,​ Hungarian and English-language books will be available for sale.

All proceeds go towards ​updating the Library.

Film Club in April


2017. április 22., szombat, 19 óra


2016-os magyarul beszélő, magyar akció-vígjáték, angol felirattal, 105 perc
Korhatár 16 év

A film története: Főhősünk egy 20 éves fiú és barátja, a volt tűzoltó. A páros agya egy idő után teljesen elborul, mivel úrrá lesz rajtuk a pánik, hogy életük és létezésük a társadalom számára felesleges. Az alvilág berkein belül próbálnak meg érvényesülni, ám miután ez a közeg sem tart igényt rájuk, végleg elszakad a cérna. Nincs határ fantázia és valóság között, miközben hőseink egyik tűzpárbajból vetődnek a másikba, megismerjük a kerekesszékben töltött midennapok kihívásait.

A filmhez üdítőt és pattogatott kukoricát kínálunk.

Ajánlott adomány: $5.00

A korlátozott ülőhelyek miatt, kérjük részvételi szándékát az címen jelezze.

Film Club
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7 pm

2016 Hungarian action-comedy with English subtitles, 105 minutes
Rated R

The film’s story: This is a meaningful action-comedy about a wheelchair-bound assassin gang. Driven by despair and fear of becoming useless, a 20-year-old boy and his friend, an an ex-fireman, offer their services to the mafia. But things are not what they seem. The boundaries between reality and fiction blur and the story becomes a whirling kaleidoscope showing us gangsters and gunfights, but also the challenge of life in a wheelchair and the pain caused by a father’s rejection.

Refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation: $5.00

Limited seating. Please RSVP to










Come celebrate with us and support the Library
in its next 60 years of service

Gala Dinner and Dance
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7 PM

Location: Hungarian House
(213 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028)

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