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Magyarok a vadnyugaton
Hungarians in the Wild West

Author(s): Judit Endrődi
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Oral history, Social history, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet
Keywords: Hungarian diaspora; Hungarians in USA; Colorado

Summary/Abstract: Today, when we talk about Hungarians living in the USA, only a few of us know that Hungarian culture has been blossoming for more than half century not only on the east and west coast, but also in the middle of the country. Tiny communities in the Wild West with their truly important and unquestionably Hungarian history – belong to our collective national memory. This present work focused on the past and the present of Colorado Hungarians, and is based on historical sources, documents and more than sixty oral life-interviews. Participating in the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program I had the opportunity to meet Hungarians who had to flee their homeland due to the storms of history, never forgetting where they had come from. Their memories also show us how the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is remembered by them. Through publishing their stories about struggle, patriotism and success (like those of Ilona of Hungary, Molnar Ski, and other famous companies founded by Hungarians) and showing the present life of the younger generation, their cultural programs and events, this work highlights the importance of learning about this forgotten part of our common history, as a bridge can be built between Hungarians and Hungarians beyond the sea.

  • Issue Year: 1/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 37-45
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian