January 8th, 2013

Renowned former dissident Halász dies at 91

Writer and journalist Péter Halász, a one-time staff member of Radio Free Europe, died in Munich early Monday at the age of 91, his daughter Mónika has announced.

Halász left Hungary after the failed 1956 Uprising and lived in New York from 1957, London from 1970 and in Munich from 1975 until his death. He wrote novels, reports, and short stories, and was persona non grata in Hungary during the socialist era as a member of Radio Free Europe. In February 2010 he was honoured with the Order of Merit medium cross for his work in journalism.

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  • steve bandit

    Isnt it ironic, as a dissident for the freedom of Hungary, you are only remembered if you became a poet or a public figure, what of the rest of our parents who were dissidens and had to flee Hungary in fear of loosing their lives, to places like South Africa, Australia etc, lost everything, lost dignity in a foreign country, treated as a second class citizen, didnt know the language, endured hardship, lost their children to welfare systems and were FORGOTTEN, what of them, how do we remember them, acknowledge them and celebrate their sacrifices when those of us choose to return to our land and are called, “not real Hungarians”???

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