April 4, 2016 |
The boots look silly. They are eight feet tall, perched on a colossal concrete pedestal, towering over a bucolic suburb on the outskirts of Budapest. If the monument looks incomplete, it is by design. They are a replica of a portion of a giant statue of Joseph Stalin that was toppled in the mid 20th century during Hungary's fight for freedom. The setting is Memento Park, a quirky yet moving memorial to the country's reluctant period under the yoke of Soviet rule. In much of Eastern Europe, massive statues and sculptures of Lenin, Stalin, and other leaders celebrating the "power and glory" of communism were destroyed after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
March 28, 2016 |
A chorus has emerged among those skeptical of Mayor Kenney's plan to tax soda in Philadelphia: Why single out one industry? "How about doughnuts? Things like that?" former Gov. Ed Rendell, the most recent to raise the point, said last week. "I'm a big consumer of Dunkin' Donuts, but why are they exempt?" Is the idea so outrageous? Not if you look around the world. While the United States has not embraced putting broad taxes on food and beverages, other governments have - and often in the name of health.
September 9, 2015
THE PHOTO WAS heartbreaking: A toddler in shorts and a red T-shirt lay face down at the edge of the surf, waves lapping at his head, his body settled into the sand like a piece of driftwood. His name, the world would learn, was Aylan Kurdi, and he and his Kurdish family were heading from Syria to Canada - from war to peace and, they hoped, safety. Instead, 3-year-old Aylan, his 5-year-old brother Galip and their mother all drowned when their smuggler's boat capsized off Bodrum, Turkey.
June 10, 2013
Anti-Hezbollah protester slain BEIRUT, Lebanon - A Lebanese demonstrator was shot dead outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Sunday when clashes erupted over the Shiite extremist group Hezbollah's widening involvement in the neighboring civil war in Syria. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has riled tensions by sending fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The official Lebanese new agency said Hisham Salman died after being shot in front of the embassy. Local reports said Salman was a member of Intima, an opposition group opposed to Hezbollah's interference in Syria.
May 8, 2013 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Right-wing extremists shout Nazi salutes and attack a man they believe is Jewish. Black-booted militants frighten aging Holocaust survivors. Writings of authors linked to a pro-Nazi regime are recommended reading for schoolchildren. Hungary is seeing a rise in anti-Semitism, which the prime minister is now vowing to fight. Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a gathering of Jewish representatives Sunday that anti-Semitism is "unacceptable and intolerable. " The meeting of the World Jewish Congress is being held in Budapest to draw attention to a rise in anti-Semitism in this Eastern European country.
February 4, 2013 |
My grandmother Anna Altmayer came to America in 1914. She was 17 years old. She traveled with her father, leaving her mother and three younger brothers back in Hercegfalva, a small farm village in Hungary. Her father found her a position as a maid and cook in Ridgewood, N.J., and then sailed back home. The plan was for her to save up enough money to bring the others over. But that never happened. World War I broke out within a few months, making travel close to impossible. Why they never came over after the war, I don't know.
December 4, 2012 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Thousands attended an anti-Nazi rally Sunday in Hungary organized by Jewish and civic groups to protest a far-right lawmaker's call to screen Jews for national security risks. The rally was unusual because politicians from both the government and opposition parties shared a stage outside parliament. Marton Gyongyosi of the far-right Jobbik party said Monday in the legislature that it was time "to assess . . . how many people of Jewish origin there are here, and especially in the Hungarian parliament and the Hungarian government, who represent a certain national security risk.
August 12, 2012
Basketball MEN BRONZE MEDAL: Russia vs. Argentina, 6 a.m. (NBC-SN; NBC-BASK) GOLD MEDAL: Spain vs. U.S., 10 a.m. (NBC10; NBC-BASK) Boxing Men's Flyweight (52kg); Men's Lightweight (60kg); Men's Welterweight (69kg); Men's Light Heavyweight (81kg) and Men's Super Heavyweight (+91kg) final, 8:30 a.m. (CNBC) Cycling (Mountain Bike) Men's Cross-Country race, 8:30 a.m. (MSNBC) Rhythmic Gymnastics Women's Group All-Around final, 8:30 a.m. Modern Pentathlon WOMEN Fencing (At Olympic Park-Handball Arena)
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - Maggie Steffens made sure her first touch of the ball at the Olympics counted. And nearly every other one after that, too. In her Olympic debut, the 19-year-old Californian scored seven goals - six in the first half alone - and the U.S. women's water polo team survived a pesky Hungarian squad to win its opening match Monday in the London Games, 14-13. "It's awesome. My heartbeat is still pounding. I'm walking through here and just kind of taking a deep breath and letting it sink in," Steffens said.
May 4, 2012 |
Paul L. Gotzy, 88, who survived communist imprisonment both in the Soviet Union and in Hungary and who was honored by a later Hungarian government, died of cancer on Friday, April 27, at his home in Lansdale. Mr. Gotzy was the owner and operator of Palco Precision Machine & Tool Co. from 1961 to 2007 and a founder in 1961 of a Hungarian American sports club in Hereford, Berks County. In 1995, son-in-law Paul Abraham said in a Wednesday interview, the Hungarian government honored Mr. Gotzy's World War II service by naming him a retired lieutenant colonel and giving him a knighthood.