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The Erosion of the Hungarian Linguistic Presence in Canada - Nandor Dreisziger

Hungarians in Canada - 2001 Census

Canada’s Hungarians as Reflected in the 2006 Census

Canada’s 2006 Census: A portrait of the foreign-born population

Book Review of Leslie László's Church and State in Hungary, 1919-1945

Dr Emoke Szathmary on Hungarians in Manitoba

Our Home in Montreal - George Pandi

How to be a Landed Immigrant - Magda Zalan

Hungarica Canadiana -A Summary of Archival Sources - John Miska

The Hungarian Exodus Exhibit

How 'the 56ers' changed Canada

Migration of Hungarian Roma to Canada and Back - Paul St.Clair

Revolution Revisited - Events of the 1956 Revolution -
Judy Stoffman


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 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


Paul Varnai

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

Tibor Feheregyhazi,
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.”

To read these letters, please click here. To read more about Tibor Feheregyhazi see our Theatre Page.


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

Judy Stoffman


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:

Alexandra Zabjek


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...



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