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Raoul Wallenberg Commemoration in Budapest

Jan 17, 2022

We must not give in to the temptation to forget, as "common remembrance is the future of all of us," András Heisler, the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz), said at a commemoration ceremony on Monday to mark the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Budapest ghetto and the disappearance […]

Tree Planted to Honor Ángel Sanz Briz in Budapest

Nov 12, 2021

On the occasion of Ángel Sanz Briz Day, next to the monument at the Avenue that bears the name of the Spanish diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Jews in Hungary during World War II, the Spanish Ambassador to Hungary, Anunciada Fernández de Córdova and the mayor of Budapest's District 3, László Kiss, […]

October 6, Memorial Day in Hungary

Oct 6, 2021

On this day in 1849, thirteen Hungarian rebel generals were executed by the Austrian Empire in the city of Arad, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary (now in Romania), after the Hungarian War of Independence (1848–1849). The same day, Hungary's first prime minister was executed in Pest. The national flag was ceremonially raised on […]

Book on the 'Angel of Budapest' Published

Jun 14, 2021

This Monday, the Embassy of Spain in Budapest presented the book 'The Spanish Diplomat' written by Dr. Erzsébet Dobos. It tells how Ángel Sanz Briz saved the lives of of over 5,200 Hungarian Jews in Budapest in 1944. Last week marked 41 years since the death, in Rome, of Ángel Sanz Briz who, in 1944, […]

Benyovszky Memorial Year Begins

May 25, 2021

Scientific publications, conferences, new Benyovszky sculptures, a commemorative stamp issued by the Hungarian Post Office and the premiere of a musical about Benyovszky are also part of the program of the Benyovszky Memorial Year, organised to mark the 280th anniversary of the birth and 235th anniversary of the death of Hungarian adventurer and explorer Móric […]

Capital Circus of Budapest 130 Years Old

May 8, 2021

Budapest's first permanent circus opened on May 7, 1891 in the City Park. The popular establishment has undergone major changes over the years, with a succession of owners, several tenants and two complete renovations. The plan to open a circus was already in the minds of the decision-makers of the capital in 1888, but the […]

Budapest Millennium Underground Railway 125 Years Old

May 2, 2021

In Budapest, the millennium underground railway, the first underground tram on the continent, was launched on May 2, 1896. Even Franz Joseph I of Austria took a trip on the underground tram constructed for the opening of the monumental, millennial exhibition spanning across Hungary. In the course of its construction, state-of-the-art solutions in architecture were […]

Embassy Seeks Descendants of 'Los Desaparecidos'

Mar 24, 2021

On March 24, the 45th anniversary of the civil-military coup that institutionalized 'state terrorism', through the kidnapping, torture, murder and forced disappearance of tens of thousands of inhabitants of the Argentine Republic, the country's government launches the 'Campaign for the Right to Identity'. The Argentine Ambassador to Hungary, Hernán María Patiño Mayer, calls attention to […]

Hungarian Olympic Committee 125 Years Old

Dec 22, 2020

The Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) celebrates the 125th anniversary of its foundation this month. It was established at the meeting of a committee made up of the officials of Budapest sports clubs on December 19, 1895. Hungary's national Olympic Committee was the sixth in the world to be formed, following the French, Greek, American, German […]

National Flag at Half Mast

Nov 4, 2020

The Hungarian national flag was hoisted with military honor and then lowered to half-mast in Kossuth Lajos Square in front of the Parliament this Thursday on the 64th anniversary of the suppression by Soviet troops of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Hungarian Minister of Defense, Tibor Benkő. […]

Remembering Ángel Sanz Briz in Budapest

Oct 8, 2020

The Spanish Embassy in Budapest held two events this Thursday to commemorate the heroic actions of Spanish diplomat Ángel Sanz Briz during World War II: unveiling a plaque and planting a tree in his memory in the Hungarian capital. The year 2020 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth and the 40th anniversary of the […]

First Dino Egg Found in the Area of Present-Day Hungary

Sep 29, 2020

The Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest has presented the remains of a few centimeters, an oval-shaped egg with a peculiar surface that were discovered during the excavations at Iharkút, NW Hungary. The first Hungarian dinosaur egg was identified by versatile examination of a few millimeters of 85 million-year-old eggshell fragments. The remains are thought […]

Peter Burkhard (on the left) and Dávid Merke

Carl Lutz Memorial Walk

Sep 3, 2020

2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Carl Lutz and also the 45th anniversary of his death. On this occasion, Carl Lutz Memorial Walks have been launched in Budapest to remember the Swiss diplomat to whom tens of thousands of Hungarians owe their lives. The Swiss Embassy in Budapest originally planned this commemoration […]

Carl Lutz Anniversary Year

Aug 29, 2020

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth and the 45th anniversary of the death of Carl Lutz (March 30, 1895 – February 12, 1975), the Swiss diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Carl Lutz worked as a vice consul at the Swiss Embassy between 1942 and […]

Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism

Aug 23, 2020

Black Ribbon Day, officially known in the European Union as the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism was observed this Sunday at the Gulag monument in Budapest. This international day of remembrance for victims of totalitarian regimes, specifically Stalinist, communist, Nazi and fascist regimes is observed annually on August 23 and […]

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