About

My name is Eva S. Balogh. As a twenty-year-old university student, I left Hungary in December 1956, after the failed Hungarian revolution. In late February, I arrived in Canada without knowing a word of English. After more or less learning the language I enrolled as a student at Carleton University, Ottawa, where I received my B.A. (hon.) in 1965, majoring in history. I continued my studies at Yale University, where first I received an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies, an interdisciplinary program, and later a Ph.D. in history. I taught East European history at Yale and published a number of studies on Hungarian foreign policy and party politics between the two world wars.

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  1. Dear Eva Balogh,
    Thank you for your blog, as an expat in Hungary I find it really useful and informative. I am writing to suggest a post. As a non-religious person, I have previously not nominated a church as a beneficiary under Hungary’s 1% income tax law. However, if the following article is accurate, it looks like my 1% is (in effect) going to be allocated by default in future, according to the preferences mostly of religious people who select their own churches:

    http://www.politics.hu/20131217/lawmakers-modify-rules-on-church-donations/

    I’d rather my 1% goes to a progressive, liberal church that does a lot of social good, rather than to conservative and fundamentalist churches that others might choose. I’d imagine lots of your other readers feel the same. However, information about Hungarian churches is difficult to find in English, leaving me at a loss to select the best beneficiary for next year from the list of recognized churches. Could you write a post on this? PS Feel free to email me at the address I’m giving!

  2. I’am half hungarian/and lived down south enough to gain the charelston S.C. ACSENT
    is it safe to move to budapest as an american and how much $ forint or dollars would I need to live safe and comfortable

  3. Hi There
    Really like your blog. I have a question – I will be going to Budapest on an Erasmus exchange for a few months. I notice that there is a National holiday on the 15th of March which is a Saturday. Does that mean that either the Friday or the Monday is a bank/school holiday or is it just the Saturday that is a day off. Thanks for your help.

    Pascal.

  4. Dear Mrs Balogh,
    Why is your old Typepad site esbalogh.typepad.com in Hebrew? I looked up your website the other day and found that your old URL is still there.

    Regards,
    Dave

  5. Dave Weston :

    Dear Mrs Balogh,
    Why is your old Typepad site esbalogh.typepad.com in Hebrew? I looked up your website the other day and found that your old URL is still there.

    Regards,
    Dave

    If you open the site and translate the page into English it becomes clear that it is not my site. Someone is taking advantage of my name. I will report it.

  6. Dear Mrs Balogh, could you get in touch with me via Email? Let me thank you for the extreme valuable perspective you give Hungary. A lot of questions and uncertainties remain due to a lack of know-how of the hungarian language. Thanks, Marc

  7. Hi Eva,

    For your information: the Holocaust Memorial Center has now posted their professional opinion regarding the deportations in 1941 (because of the discussion around ‘Veritas’ and its chief) and the German ‘occupation’ of Hungary (the monument on Szabadsag ter). Available on the website hkde.hu.

    Regards,

    RM

  8. Hello; I am Robert and I live in Ottawa Canada. I was researching family history and came up with information that my late uncle, who had died in Jachymov in 1947, had been approached by a New York Times writer; Emile Havas. Apparently Havas offered my uncle a deal to give information about the mines and be allowed to immigrate to the US. That didn’t happen and my uncle died(?). Now I read about a Havas and an Albert Wass…………is this Havas the same as the Havas meeting my uncle ?

  9. Robert :

    Hello; I am Robert and I live in Ottawa Canada. I was researching family history and came up with information that my late uncle, who had died in Jachymov in 1947, had been approached by a New York Times writer; Emile Havas. Apparently Havas offered my uncle a deal to give information about the mines and be allowed to immigrate to the US. That didn’t happen and my uncle died(?). Now I read about a Havas and an Albert Wass…………is this Havas the same as the Havas meeting my uncle ?

    Yes, I assume so.

  10. Dear Mrs Balogh, I have recently found our blog and have enjoyed what I read so far. I have traveled to Budapest five times since 2010 and have recently found out I have Hungarian heritage. I appreciate you are taking the time to write about your views. As I learn more about the history, people and now trying the language I am more interested than ever. I look forward to many more posts. Todd

  11. Dear Dr. Balogh,

    I am a long-time reader of your blog — an excellent source of information I turn to every day. I am writing you because a documentary photographer would like to send you some photos of the Holocaust memorial site before and after the Hungarian election. Could you contact me by email about where she could send them?

    With many thanks,

  12. I like you Professor and says a lot coming from me because the Professor(s) I have come across in the past do not produce the “fruit of their labor” like you do. Keep up your original work and do not change a thing!

  13. The new movie, Walking with the enemy”, is a curious and troubling film you might comment on. That it was seemingly filmed in Romania is interesting; and the almost total absence of a Jewish texture of the Jews in the film – the father was a rabbi, but the son did not wear a yahmulka at home, in the countryside; no mention or even a visual of the Dohanyi synagogue in Budapest…. But more, it appears to be channeling the cleansing of Horthy which is currently on display. The Reviews are obvious and trite; little awareness is evident of “what” was actually being presented in terms of Hungary, or Jewish identity and history during the Churban.

  14. Dear Eva, would you care to share with me your private email address for occasional exchange of views on issues of common interest by responding directly to my yahoo address below (i.e., not, repeat not, via this blog)? Thanks much.

  15. Dear Eva,

    Do you have any idea if Attila Cernok has been translated into other languages. One book appeared in Finnish, just recently as “Katkennut Silta” (Broken bridge). I assume that it is “A komáromi pontonhíd” or? My Finnish is not that great though so I’d rather read it in say English.

  16. Dear Mrs Balogh,
    Thank you for your former post on Imre Roboz as he was one of my grand mother’s uncle : It was a great surprise knowing more about his life thanks to you !

  17. Hi,

    I just want to thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been reading your blog for more than couple of months and now I have learned a lot. It’s a tough job to keep a blog going and I truly appreciate it. I really like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Please let me know your interest in accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with quality and 100% plagiarism free content.
    I am looking forward to get your reply.

    Thank You,
    Kevin P Stone

  18. Sincerely, reading the article on history of Hungary, one can say: With that tipe of study, Hungary needs no enemies.

  19. hello..everyone..Please advise me with my problem…My Hungarian boyfriend wants to live with him in Hungary with my kids..I do not know how to start..I want to work there but am still looking for an employer..I once visited him in Nyireghaza and stay in Budapest for 3 weeks..I really love him..am from the Philippines working at the Department of Health as a Midwife..
    Hope to hear a good advises from all of you.

    Thanks and God Bless

    Julie G.

  20. Hello Eva, Have you read anything recently about the Hungarian Goverment making it easier for Americans to obtain citizenship? I inquired if I was eligible through Jus sanguinis or through the simplified process. I was informed that I would be eligible via Jus sanguinis as long as I could show my bloodline to my granfather and did not have to show when he left Hungary. Also, they will accept all documents to be submitted in English without official Hungarian translations. Thank you for your time. Todd

  21. Hello Mrs Balogh,
    First, I’d like to thank you for this blog, since it gives us the opportunity to have broader info about Hungarian politics, economy and society. I’ve learnt a lot from this wonderful blog.
    I have a question for you, and your help about it means a lot to me.
    Currently, I’m a graduate student in İstanbul in subject of International Political Economy. The subject topic of my thesis is ‘The Political Economy of Conservatism: Comparision of Turkey, Hungary and Poland’, I’d appreciate if you could suggest some reliable sources (I could especially use some sources which have a historical perspective) about the economic policies in Hungary (preferably about agricultural policies and informal sector, but other topics are surely welcomed :)).
    You can also reach me via e-mail,
    Thanks from now on.

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