Hungarian Review Publishes Latest Issue

Remembering the 1956 Revolution

Washington, DC – The Hungarian Review, the English-language affiliate of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle, edited by Gyula Kodolányi and John O’Sullivan, has published its fifth issue for 2016. Its main theme is the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. 

On the cover: The severed head of the Stalin statue on October 24, 1956, hauled to the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Rákóczi Road in Budapest. Photo by FORTEPAN. Donation by Róbert Hofbauer.

In his editorial note entitled “A Season of Remembrances”, John O’ Sullivan writes: “1956 is one of the most significant years in the history of the Hungarian people and, separately, in the history of modern Europe”.

The section on ‘The Hungarian Revolution of 1956’ contains contributions from the Friends of Hungary Foundation (excerpts from My Revolution – Recollections, Budapest 1956); Judit Antónia Farkas (“Sheltered by the Embassy of Belgium in Budapest”); George Gömöri (“Chronicle of an Extraordinary Year”); John O’Sullivan (“Hungary 1956: The Awakening of My Political Imagination”); and Nicholas T. Parsons (“Iconoclasm: The Struggle for Ownership of Symbolic History”).

In one excerpt, Dr. Szilveszter Vizi, former President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, emphasizes the impact of the revolution and freedom fight as “an example for the whole world… when a small nation shook the foundations of the Communist world”.

This issue also contains two eulogies for Dr. György Granasztói, by Viktor Orbán and Gyula Kodolányi. Dr. Granasztói, a founder and guiding light of the Hungarian Review from its earliest days, died unexpectedly in August.

The Current section includes contributions from György Granasztói (“The Two Europes”) and János Martonyi (“Clash of Ideologies – Is Transatlantic Trade the Right Battlefield? – Part I”).

The Essays section includes contributions by Tibor Frank (“The Language of Europe Is Translation”); Tony Reevy (“Images from a Lost World”); and an interview with Jerzy Snopek about Hungarian culture, entitled “A Romance of Forty Years”.

Finally, the Arts and Letters section features an article by Tony Brinkley (Introduction to Osip Mandelshtam’s “Ode to Stalin”).

Currently, 34 issues of the Hungarian Review from 2010 through 2016 can be ordered from; or directly from the publisher; or by calling the Coalition office in Washington.

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