Magyar Herald, 1992 (4. szám)

1992 / 4. szám

Page 2 MAGYAR HERALD 4th QUARTER, 1992 'Öllie ittcujuar (Elült of (Eleüelartï» PRESIDENT László Bojtos 11312 Fitzwater Rd. y Brecksville. OH 44141 ( VICE-PRESIDENT^ Frank Sötét 6676 Hidden Lake Trail v Brecksville, OH 44141J ' SECRETARY ^ Frank Dobos 4140 Diane Fairview Park, OH 4412^ TREASURER N Lillian Kautzky 5663 Brecksville Rd. _ Cleveland, OH 44131 j DIRECTORS Lewis Robinson Louis Peskay James L. Hudák Eva Kónya Emery J. Szabó Theodore Tóth Dr. Kálmán Kónya Iván Kovács Emery Marcus HISTORIAN Dr. Dezsó J. Ladányi AUDITOR George Csatáry EDITOR Magyar Herald Dr. Stephen Szabó Hungarian lauds U.S. role in Europe The Hungarian ambassador to the United States said his country hoped America would continue to maintain a military presence in Europe even though the West won the Cold War with the former Soviet Union. Paul Tar, the ambassador, told a down­town City Club audience the former commu­nist country in Central Europe would like the reassurance of the American military in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N ATO) despite having won the Cold War. "Russia has a strong military," Tar told a questioner. "Negotiations with Russia for reducing missiles has not been going well." "We don't feel completely secure for the present, " he added. "I hope America will stay in NATO." Hungary is moving quickly from being a communist state with a command economy toward a Western-style democracy and a demand econmy, Tar said. American com­panies have invested in Hungary, he said, and the country wants to speed up theprivatization process. Tar described Hungary as a peaceful land in a troubled area Yugoslavia to its south is in the process of breaking up and Czechoslo­vakia to its north may break into two coun­tries next year, Tar said. Hungary has re­ceived about 100,000 refugees from Yugo­slavia The first group were Croats, and a more recent group is from Bosnia Tar said. One of the reasons for Hungary's tranquil­ity was that it has few minorities, Tar said, although about 800,000 Gypsies live in Hun­gary. More Gypsies live in Romania he said the Hungarian parliament is considering a law protecting minority rights. Romania to Hungary's east, has a large Hungarian minority populaiton in Transylvania an area where the Commu­nists had tried to wipe out village culture, Tar said. Conditions in Romania for the Hungarian minority have been slowly improving. '"Well just have to wait and see," Tar said. The two countries were trying to build up mutual trust and recently opened cultural exchange offices in each other's capital. "We live in the same area and have to get along," Tar said. Tar said Hungary hoped Romania would adopt human rights laws. (Plain Dealer) Holding On To A Heritage By Heather Leigh Kovács "As a child, I lived with my parents and my mother's parents in Norwalk, CT. My grandmother was bom in Hungary and spoke the language well. On the other hand, my grandfather, mother and father were also Hungarian but were bom in the United States. Though my mother and grandfather spoke Hungarian well, my father only knew short phrases and words like I do now. Looking back at my childhood, I could recall many joyous events. I could remember sitting around the dinner table eating Hun­garian food and listening to my family speak Hungarian. I believe not being fluent in this other language was a disadvantage for me. My family could say things that I would not understand. Though I learned phrases and basic words, I was never able to speak fluentiy.The more I understood them, the less they would speak. Eventually, they also only spoke a few phrases in Hungarian. Throughout my childhood, I grew up with Hungarian relatives, ate Hungarian food, went to a Hungarian church, and learned about the Hungarian culture. I listened to Hungarian music and played with Hungarian clothes. The older I grew, the more I learned about my nationality. Unfortunately, the one thing I truly wanted to learn was the language, how­ever, there were no lessons available. My grandparents were willing to help, but they did not know the proper grammar and were unable to explain how words should be used. Outside of home, growing up was an unusual experience since many of my friends (Continued on page 4) fOFFICERS <1992-1993