Review: My Happy Days in Hell by György Faludy. Hungary wasn’t a pleasant place to be in the early 1950s. The period from 1949, following the consolidation of one-party rule, until 1953 and the death of Stalin, which led to political changes in Hungary and the first premiership of Imre Nagy, can be characterised as one of the darkest eras in the country’s traumatic 20th-century history. This was the time when Hungary really was a police state, when the night-time knock on the door could end with the disappearance of almost anybody – for almost any reason at all.
Review: Koestler: The Literary & Political Odyssey of a 20th-Century Skeptic by Michael Scammell. One of Budapest’s newest statues, unveiled last autumn, depicts the writer, novelist, polemicist, philosopher (and much more) Arthur Koestler, who was born in Budapest in 1905. The statue stands in Lövölde tér in District VI not far from Szív utca, where Koestler lived as a child. The monument shows him seated, leaning back on a clock face, which is broken in two. Koestler is looking down with a curious expression. It is an odd statue, simultaneously striking and intriguing – rather like the character of Koestler himself, as revealed in great detail by Michael Scammell’s new biography.
Review: Enemies of the People, My Family’s Journey to America by Kati Marton. Ilona and Endre Marton were middle-class Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust by relying on their wits and the help of Christian friends. They never talked about their experiences and it was only by chance that their daughter Kati eventually discovered that her maternal grandparents had perished at Auschwitz and had not been killed during the wartime bombing of Budapest, as she had been told.
E.ON launches Family Football Programme. Â BUDAPEST – With the professional support of Ottó Vincze – footballer and ambassador of the Family Football Programme – and the Hungarian Olympic Committee, E.ON Hungária Group launches a new football competition worth HUF 30 million gross.Â The competition now is putting emphasis on quality time spent together by families and invites sports clubs which are able and willing to house Family Football programmes to apply for a grant.
After welcoming five new players, who received their first invitation to the national football team, head coach Erwin Koeman conducted a 20 minute joint training with kids from the British International School, Budapest, the Kecskemét Protestant School and the SOS Children’s Village of K?szeg.