European Union Film Festival 2020

Perhaps it is not too late to draw your kind attention to a new cultural event that could detach the avid Netflix viewers from their screen, at least for a while, and could offer them well-oxygenated fresh air to breathe in.
“The Canadian Film Institute, the European Union Film Festival in Toronto, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver have joined forces … to present the first-ever online edition of the European Union Film Festival in Canada.”
The virtual film festival takes place on November 13 through 29, and the program includes an exclusive collection of recent films from across the European Union. For more information, please visit their website at:

On November 28, “Tall Tales” is on the program, the latest from the talented Hungarian director Attila Szász (The Ambassador to Bern and, shown at last year’s EUFF, Eternal Winter).

Briefly about the plot

The film “is set in 1945 Hungary as World War II is ending and new, uncertain times are beginning.
In the rubble and ruin of war’s aftermath, an opportunistic con man named Balász pretends to be a close friend of soldiers killed in the war and insinuate his way into their families and their bank accounts. It’s a dangerous game and gets him into such serious trouble he must flee Budapest to save his skin. When he is given shelter in a remote forest by a woman named Judit and her son, Balázs’s con man trickery fades as he finds himself falling in love. Things go well in their passionate affair until Judit’s brutish husband returns home from the front.
Choices now have to be made, not only about love, but also about whether to acquiesce to the occupying Soviet army or fight back against their presence. In love and in politics, Balázs now understands, there’s no pretending anymore.”

Please check out the trailer on the YouTube address below:

Scout Coffee

The COVID-19 pandemic made life difficult for the Hungarian Scouts of Ottawa, too. Here below, we present the advertisement for their upcoming fundraising event, hoping that many of us will participate since they are our children or grandchildren:

“Support the Ottawa Hungarian Scouts and satisfy your caffeine (or decaf) needs!

The difficulties of this year have affected our group as well: summer camps got canceled, and we are still unable to meet in person. Additionally, our regular fundraising events, such as the Scout Dinner or Apple Day, have also been canceled. However, we now have an opportunity to make up for those losses, as we have joined the Scout Coffee program.

If you would like to support us, all you need to do is follow the link below and buy a bag (or a few!) of good quality, delicious coffee! At the checkout, you can decide which group you would like to support, and there you can choose the “28th Hungarian Troop (Ottawa)” option to make sure all the profit goes into our group’s account. The orders will be processed and shipped at the end of the sale on November 22. As such, the Scout Coffee could also be ideal as a Christmas gift!

We appreciate all shares and support!
28th Hungarian Scout Group”

To Honor The Heroes Of 1956

On the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against the Stalinist regime and the Soviet occupation of Hungary we made a commemorative collage of video recordings posted on the “Video Chronicle” page of our website.

Sunday Services Online

képStarting with the upcoming weekend the Sunday services of Calvin Hungarian Congregation of Ottawa will be live broadcast, at 13:00. For further information please visit

Legislative Elections in Romania

Legislative elections are held in Romania on the 6th of December 2020.
4 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 2 members of the Senate are elected from constituencies representing Romanians living abroad.
The political elite is stirring up and takes advantage of the animosity of the majority of Romanians toward the ethnic minorities. In this situation, it is crucial for the Hungarians who live in Romania to have a strong parliamentary representation that can protect effectively the Hungarian minority rights.

In his letter (in Hungarian only) addressed to OHCC, Dr. Hunor Kelemen, the president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR), requested the help and support of the Hungarian Diaspora. To register their List of Candidates for the elections in the constituencies for Romanians living overseas, they need to collect a minimum of 4000 signatures in Diaspora by October the 6th.

The time is pressing, therefore, we would like to urge every member of our community who has Romanian citizenship to rally behind the motion of Mr. Hunor Kelemen by signing the online version of the document at the address below:

Virtual meeting consultations

The COVID pandemic and the foreseeable future force us to adapt and make use of modern communication tools to remain in touch. With this in mind, we are organizing a mixed virtual and physical community gathering on Saturday, October the 4th at 2 PM. During this meeting we will not make any decisions pertaining to the business of the OHCC. The sole purpose of this meeting is to attempt to simultaneously connect within a single communication channel. Later on, we wish to organize real membership meetings, which are the bare minimum required by law to sustain the existence of any organization, and also the primary means to take major decisions regarding its everyday business. We will project the virtual meeting on the large screen at the hall while broadcasting the local scene to the virtual participants.

There are a few ways to make up to 100 simultaneous connections over the Internet free of charge. The service provided by Google is the most promising and least constraining, which is why we will use Google Meet first. Unfortunately, Google Meet requires the use of a valid GMail address of each participant. Luckily setting one up is also free of charge at Google, but it still might constitute a nuisance for some people. We kindly ask everyone who does not have a GMail account to create one and let us know what its e-mail address is; we can provide technical help in this process too if needed.

To aid participation in our virtual meeting, we will do our best to serve with detailed, step-by-step instructions. Every Thursday between 6 and 7 PM we will offer technical consultation to help acquire the necessary skills. The consultations will take place at the House, and the covered material will be posted on the OHCC website as well. The posted guide can be studied and put to test individually, and any questions or requests about the subject matter can be brought or forwarded to us.

On October the 4th, we reserve the physical presence for those who do not have an electronic means or personal trust to participate in the meeting. We ask these individuals to notify us in time by any means available to them.

This gathering will only succeed with Your and everyone’s patient collaboration, so please, do your best to take part in some form.

Dinner on Friday

Great news!

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We are excited to announce that Kati Bognár and Sue Klekner-Alt have committed their culinary talents to prepare and serve Heritage Hungarian meals for takeout on every second Friday, starting on this upcoming Friday, September 4th.
To find out more please click on this webpage. We accept reservations: online, by email, or by phone (613-225-8754).

Double-Degree MBA

The Széchenyi István University (Győr) and the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI, USA) offer an online double-degree MBA program, which allows students to register at both universities simultaneously and to complete a full program of study at each institution.
The University of Rhode Island is accredited by AACSB International – the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five per cent of the world’s business programs.
This double-degree MBA program prepares leaders to rise to expectations within an environment that fosters knowledge acquisition, retention, and practical learning.
Upon successful completion of the program the following degrees will be conferred:
Executive MBA degree (MBA) at Széchenyi István University
Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Rhode Island
The language of instruction is exclusively English.
The tuition fee for this 4-term program is US$30.000 (€6.800 per term). Candidates who are citizens of Hungary or are of Hungarian descent, can earn a sponsorship from the Pallas Anthéné Domus Meriti Foundation of the National Bank of Hungary.

Application Deadline: August 11, 2020

Information about admission and contact information of the program-coordinator (Dr. Emese Bukor) can be found on the homepage of the Institution:

Documentary Film about HHRF and László Hámos

In April 2019 the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF) suffered a terrible loss with the passing of László Hámos, co-founder and President of the New York-based non-profit organization.
László Hámos was known for being a protector of Hungarian minority rights and a reputable, influential member of the Hungarian diaspora in America. Under his leadership, the Foundation developed into a trusted clearinghouse of well-researched, reliable information. As a result, over the years it built up a network of bipartisan U.S. allies in Congress and the State Department willing to use their offices to speak up on behalf of Hungarian minorities, themselves “voiceless” behind the Iron Curtain. Hámos and his colleagues also wrote and edited several volumes, position papers and scholarly articles on human rights in addition to presenting more than 1,000 pages of written testimony at 27 hearings before various Congressional committees.
Following the downfall of Communism, HHRF has mobilized Western support for the positive initiatives and aspirations of Hungarian minority communities to rebuild civil society, to promote economic self-reliance and to restore their centuries-old traditions of educational and cultural excellence.
He developed new initiatives to promote cultural identity among the 1.5 million Americans of Hungarian ancestry, notably the 2012 launch of ReConnect Hungary Birthright Program under the patronage of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki.
László Hámos also won respect throughout the world-wide Hungarian diaspora. He represented Hungarians in the West at meetings of the Hungarian Standing Conference (MÁÉRT) and the Carpathian Basin Hungarian Parliamentarians’ Forum (KMKF) in Budapest.
With his activities over the course of nearly four decades, László Hámos has provided a tremendous service to the Hungarian nation as a whole, and particularly to the Hungarian minorities in the Carpathian Basin. Awards recognizing his and HHRF’s achievements include: the “For Minorities Award” in 1996; the “Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary” in 2001; the American Hungarian Foundation’s Abraham Lincoln Award in 2007; and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Arany János Medal, bestowed in 2011.

Just in from HHRF:

“The long-awaited documentary film entitled Mégis [And Yet], about the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation and co-founder László Hámos, is now available for viewing with English subtitles.
Acclaimed director János Domokos documented the heartfelt goodbyes of the Hungarian communities in New York and Budapest. Participants in HHRF’s early initiatives evoke the era in colourful interviews. Never before published pictures and video recordings make this documentary a must-see for all people interested in the plight of the 2.5 million ethnic Hungarians living as minority communities in the six countries surrounding Hungary.”

Behind closed doors

As you may have learnt from our earlier news, at the end of March we proceeded with the replacement of the sub-floor and floor of the hall, cloak-room and the bar area of the House. In the 2019 Fall Member’s Meeting of the OHCC we presented our long-standing plan to renovate the House, scheduled for the summer of 2020. The opportunity for the early implementation of this plan has arrived, when the coronavirus pandemic forced our hand to temporarily cease all scheduled social activities and close the doors of the House for the duration of the pandemic.
If interested in the progress of the renovation, we posted new videorecordings on our website that you are kindly invited to visit.