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Lessons on Hungarian History

Lessons in Hungarian History: July 1944. On January 27, the Kossuth Foundation sponsored and hosted a lecture on a scholarly volume, July 1944: The Deportation of the Jews in Budapest Foiled (Ed. Geza Jeszenszky and published by Helena History Press LLC). The book relates to the military intervention of Colonel Ferenc Koszorus and the First Armored Division under his command in July 1944 that blocked the deportation to the Nazi German death camps of a quarter of a million Jews living in Budapest.

Former Congressman Tom Lantos, a victim of the Holocaust, paid tribute to Colonel Koszorus, stating: that “it is with great honor and pride that I rise today in recognition of the valiant, patriotic efforts of Ferenc Koszorús. Many thousands of families are alive today as a result of the heroic actions of one man who stood up for his beliefs in a very uncertain and dangerous time. His loyalty to his country and love of humanity are an inspiration to all who struggle against oppression and the vile bigotry of racism. Too often the efforts of those who struggled against the Nazi oppression go unrecognized. This year, the 50th anniversary of Hungarian holocaust, the world reflects on the lessons learned. I am proud to honor Colonel Koszorús, a patriot, a humanitarian, and a hero.”

For an abstract of the book. See

The Kossuth House lecture was delivered by Frank Koszorus, Jr., former president of the American Hungarian Federation (which made a grant to cover some of the translation costs of key German documents) and the son of Colonel Koszorus who also contributed an essay to the volume. Theodore Boone, Esq. was the moderator of the program held in the Kossuth House in Washington D.C. His Excellency the Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Laszlo Szabo, Dr. Ivonn Szeverenyi, the Honorable Aniko Gaal Schott, the chairman, Gabe Rozsa and officers of the Foundation were among the participants of the well-attended event.  

July 1944 can be purchased via the internet—This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post -- Helena History Press LLC, PO Box 838, Saint Helena, CA 94574