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.

159 comments

  1. My apology if you feel that way. I did not insinuate that you were an agent. I said “I guess they use your name and pay you royalty”. It did not mean the same in my mind and it wasn’t my intention to accuse you with something I do not have proof of.

    If I understand you I am free to comment and will not be blacklisted and moderated? You might recognize that I am respectful, although sometimes sarcastic, but do not reciprocate any unkind name callings. I believe in intellectualization rather than confrontation. This is my main approach and so far I think I did act upon such principal.

    Please enjoy my comment and feel free to send your observation to me direct if you see it appropriate.

  2. Dear Éva, at this moment my comments are still being held for “Comment awaiting moderation”.

  3. I tried to insert a reply in “The evidence is missing, but the Hungarian government claims “food discrimination” blog. for “Petofi but after being put on hold it was and whipped out again.

  4. Your old comments are untouched but I stopped you from commenting. You would have to promise me to conduct a decent debate with others. Keep the conversation polite and stop accusing me of being paid by liberal Gyurcsányist or something similar to that. I’m a liberal as most western European politicians are, whether they are Christian Democrats, Socialists, Greens, or Liberals. Unfortunately, Viktor Orbán and his party don’t belong to any of these categories. Viktor Orbán led Fidesz to the far-right and has been working hard to kill all vestiges of democracy in Hungary. He admires Erdogan, Putin, Le Pen, Geert Wilders and keeps fingers cross that they would take over the Continent. He called the year 2017, the year of rebellion. You, who live in Canada, should be able to judge whether Hungary is a democracy or not.

  5. Now this is Éva what I like. Debating issues and exploring common solutions. I must admit that I am neither liberal nor whatever the opposite of it is. I am a realist and view the world without party or ideological affiliation. I like to pride myself being a free thinker and treat every issue on its own merit rather than pushing leftist or rightist or any-ist agenda. I was born and raised with morals, and for the last many decades (I try to forget how old I am) such guided me through hurdles and difficulties without forcing me to sell my soul. I have never been a party member anywhere I lived and I will keep this intact.

    If you read my comments you would know by now that I have been a refugee in Switzerland where my human rights were ignored and I overcame it with pride and succeeded. My life is a continuous learning experience and the most important lesson I learnt was that all religions, parties, movement and whatever organized brainwashing exist on the surface of this wonderful planet are for the benefit of a few and for the detriment of the masses. No exceptions.

    A friend of mine said to me a few elections ago that he always voted liberals. When I asked him what the Liberal Party’s program was at the time he had no idea about it. On my suggestion he dug himself into both the Liberal and the Conservative agenda and on Election Day he stayed home. He could not vote Conservative as it was against his long held believes but he did not want to vote for the Liberal program at the time. Does this tell you anything about me?

    I do not think that there are politician who do everything right and the opposite is also true from my prospective. It is very unfortunate that such intellectual powers like yourself or Gölner Andris etc., view the world as a one polar place that is either liberal or fascist. In my opinion this is the first condition to create hostility when people are unwilling to see between.

    Anyway getting back to your „conditions” to open your blog for my participation. If you read my comments you must agree with that I am a straight shooter, not beating about the bush, call a spade a spade as I see it, but I aim to be polite with all participant. Even with impolite ones by using my born sarcasm to get back at them without being vulgar (I’ve been called „ass wipe” as recently as this morning) and I can promise that I am not turning your blog into a low level smear site.

    Again I must repeat that I did not accuse you with „being paid by liberal Gyurcsányist” I just suggested that I guessed that the blogs are written by them and they pay royalty for using your name. It is far from being paid for writing what’s been written for money. That’s all I said and it was a guessing rather than a statement. But to be honest with you the depth of the information displayed in the writings suggest that the blogs are the productions of people live in Hungary and being deeply involve in the dirtiest political mad throwing game.

    If you are interested to further explore my thought please free feel to contact me by e-mail (as your blog has it on record).

    With respect as always, Robert
    Ps please advise when you want me to return to your blog as an unfettered contributor.

  6. I’m afraid I’m not impressed with your explanation of royalties being paid for using my name. No one is using my name. Nobody is paying anything. Not a statement? Just guessing? What kind of morals is that?

    You might not have noticed but you are utterly void of any critical faculties when it comes to the performance of the Orbán government. Others, not without reason, think that you are a troll, spreading the propaganda of an undemocratic regime.

  7. I am so sorry that I could not meet your expectation but to be honest with you I never intended to impress you. I told you how I see it and that’s it. And to answer your question with a question: how does moral come to the picture?

    If you would be kind enough to enlighten me about the meaning of undemocratic regime please? I know what left-lib democracy is, but that has nothing to do with the literally meaning of the word. I must be a lost soul (or rather a lost intellectual) but I am still at the lesson that teaches democracy being the rule of the majority. I understand that this is out-dated as in the last several decades so called “political scientist” redefined it to be the majority of them rather than the majority of the voters. And in that context Orbán is a dictator that was put in place by the majority of the uneducated plebs and not willing to bow for the left-lid elitist minority. I got it.

    As far as criticizing him and his government I took the position that since I do not live there I shall not form opinion without being in par with everyday life of the locals. I just simply do not think that I have the right to pass judgements. Do you?

    However when the subject is the relationship between the democratically (yes I think he was) Hungarian government and the appointed Brussels bureaucrats I always prefer the local government’s decision in the local affairs.

    So yes in the invasion question and in the food colonization question I site with the Orbán government whilst I am not happy with the standard of living of the seniors. They were misled by the communist regime that promised them “dolce vita” following their active years of service, but all consecutive governments neglected them. Unfortunately the Orbán government continues on the same path.

    So my dear Éva, it is on you to decide if you are interested in seeing my comments on your blog or not, but do not expect me to suck up to you and to push the same opinion as the others. You have enough of cheering mindless readers you might need someone with opinions that can enhance the discussions rather than flatten your blogs to “yes madam”.

    As always with respect , Robert
    Ps please advise when you want me to return to your blog as an unfettered contributor.

  8. I am so sorry that I could not meet your expectation but to be honest with you I never intended to impress you. I told you how I see it and that’s it. And to answer your question with a question: how does moral come to the picture?

    If you would be kind enough to enlighten me about the meaning of undemocratic regime please? I know what left-lib democracy is, but that has nothing to do with the literally meaning of the word. I must be a lost soul (or rather a lost intellectual) but I am still at the lesson that teaches democracy being the rule of the majority. I understand that this is out-dated as in the last several decades so called “political scientist” redefined it to be the majority of them rather than the majority of the voters. And in that context Orbán is a dictator that was put in place by the majority of the uneducated plebs and not willing to bow for the left-lid elitist minority. I got it.

    As far as criticizing him and his government I took the position that since I do not live there I shall not form opinion without being in par with everyday life of the locals. I just simply do not think that I have the right to pass judgements. Do you?

    However when the subject is the relationship between the democratically (yes I think he was) Hungarian government and the appointed Brussels bureaucrats I always prefer the local government’s decision in the local affairs.

    So yes in the invasion question and in the food colonization question I site with the Orbán government whilst I am not happy with the standard of living of the seniors. They were misled by the communist regime that promised them “dolce vita” following their active years of service, but all consecutive governments neglected them. Unfortunately the Orbán government continues on the same path.

    So my dear Éva, it is on you to decide if you are interested in seeing my comments on your blog or not, but do not expect me to suck up to you and to push the same opinion as the others. You have enough of cheering mindless readers you might need someone with opinions that can enhance the discussions rather than flatten your blogs to “yes madam”.

    As always with respect , Robert

    Ps please advise if you want me to return to your blog as an unfettered contributor.

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  9. It seems to me that I am still blocked out from this blog. It is extremely disheartening and highly inappropriate to be the subject of special “freedom of speech” that is limited for commenters not lining up to support the views expressed on this site.

    I wonder if your Eva know the difference between fascism, communism and your blog? I would say just the time. The treatment is the same … agree or disappear. I am so happy that you cannot send me to the Gulag or Auschwitz. You would if you could.

    I suggest that you restore my access and let me to express my views and debate issues at their merit.

    I trust that you will come to your senses that your ban is unnecessary and contra productive and will get the choker released.

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