In conversation with …
... is a series of first-person encounters with Canadians and their links to Hungarian culture, things, and ideas. It presents an eclectic mix of conversations with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Each conversation will be presented as a readable article that will also contain audio clips...
Welcome to the first in the new series In conversation with …
Oliver Botar - a child of ’56 - Part One.
Menni vagy nem menni?
Egy magyar zsidó fiatalember dilemmái 1956-ban.
To go or not to go? The dilemmas of a young Hungarian Jew in 1956
Egyéves külföldi tartózkodás után, 1945-ben, szerencsésen hazatértem a deportálásból. Hozzáteszem, az életben maradásra akkor egy gyereknek nem volt sok esélye, kivéve, ha budapesti volt, vagy ha azon kevesek közé tartozott, mint jómagam, akit Ausztriába (majd Bergen Belsenbe) vetett a sors. Read more...
Our Home in Montreal
The Rosemary on Metcalfe Street
by George Pandi
My Canadian life began in July, 1957, in the kitchen of the Muskoka Sanitarium outside Gravenhurst. I was a diligent immigrant, ready to learn the language, customs, social behaviour—I had trouble only with the food. The cuisine at my workplace gave me mild culture shock. No wonder; we had Ontario hospital meals by an English chef who used to cook in the army. I moved to Montreal after two months. Read more...
How to be a Landed Immigrant
by Magda Zalan
This title may remind you of Londoner George Mikes’ international bestseller HOW TO BE AN ALIEN. And this is not accidental. The author was born in Hungary, as I was, and as an adult had to learn to live in another country, as I did. He ran away to escape the perils of Nazionalsozialismus, while I did so to avoid being harrassed by the buildingof socialism. Read more...
Tibor's Letters to his Children
Artistic Director, Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon
When asked what we should put on this website about him, Tibor Feheregyhazi asked us to include two letters from a series he is writing to his children. This was his explanation:
“When I arrived to Canada I did not think that I will have an opportunity to work in theatre. As the years passed it became evident that with hard work and dedication I would achieve my main goal of continuing my theatre profession which so cruelly had been cut short with my leaving Budapest. To reach this dream I spent practically all my time building theatre for the sole purpose of recreating life in my adopted country. As with most professionals, my ability to be at home with my children was less then I wanted. Now that my children have become adults, my desire is to share my journey so that they would know who I am and who they are. My hope is that my stories will make sure they never forget their heritage and our shared love of Canada and Hungary.”
Where to wait for the muse
Judy Stoffman, May 21, 1998
Paris has the Deux Magots, Dublin has the James Joyce Pub, Budapest has the New York Cafe, where writers were traditionally given free pens and paper. Toronto, too, has its literary cafes, like The Coffee Mill in Yorkville, which just celebrated its 35th birthday. Click here to read more.
Watching a Toronto neighbourhood fade away
The glass-fronted cases running the length of the shop have just a few cold cuts left. The shelves, once full of pickles, mustards, jams, spices, transparent bags of beans and vermicelli are almost bare.
Going out of business. Everything must go. 50 per cent off," says the sad hand-lettered sign in the window. Read more...
How 'the 56ers' changed Canada:
When the Canadian public embraced 38,000 'freedom fighters' fleeing the bloody aftermath of the Hungarian revolution, it marked a shift in government policy that would open the doors for other refugees fleeing violence and oppression. Read more...