Hungarian Historians and Film Crew Visit Kossuth House

March 18, 2016

A group of Hungarian historians and a film crew from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) visited and filmed the Kossuth House in Washington DC on March 8, to make a documentary on Lajos Kossuth’s trip to the United States in early 1852.

The leading historian of the film crew was Laszlo Csorba, the Director-General at the Hungarian National Museum since 2010, and guest lecturer at the Indiana University between 1992 and 1993.

According to plans, the documentary will be broadcast in the second half of the year. Besides Washington DC, the film crew visited Boston and New York.

During the revolution of 1848-49, Lajos Kossuth served as the Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary. After the revolution, Kossuth was exiled from the country and he first traveled to Great Britain and later visited the United States.

The main goal of Kossuth’s trip to America was to obtain financial and political support to the cause of Hungarian independence from the Austrian Empire, which was the leading empire in Central Europe until 1867. The empire included many countries such as Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and certain parts of Poland, under the control and dominance of Austria.

On December 6, 1851, Kossuth arrived to New York, where the US. Army performed a dress parade for the revolutionary hero of 1848-49. A New York Times article from 1848 December 8, reported that only President George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette had received such a ceremony before.

Later, Kossuth met President Millard Fillmore in the White House and Abraham Lincoln in Springfield. According to sources, Lincoln called him as the most worthy representative of religious and civil rights in Europe.

Kossuth is one of the two foreign politicians to have a bronze bust in the US. Capitol. The inscription on the statue says: "Father of Hungarian Democracy, Hungarian Statesman, Freedom Fighter, 1848–1849".

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