13th Hungarian Festival in Sarasota, Florida
WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE BIGGEST HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL IN FLORIDA! Date: Oct 12 - Oct 13, 2019 Read More ...
41st Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival
Don't miss this spectecular event in Canada, organized by ReConnect Hungary's partner organization.... Read More ...
A great gift idea for the holidays: ReConnect Hungary Birthright trip!
Your loved one will experience exclusive events, quality programs, networking opportunities and friendships to last a lifetime. Read More ...
A special message from Allison Pataki
Watch this powerful message from our Ambassador, Allison Pataki, whose Hungarian heritage is a source of pride and an integral... Read More ...
And the winner is... Jordyn Barone from Washington!
Congratulations to Jordyn, the winner of the Online Hungarian Language Course. Read More ...
Application deadline extended until January 31, 2018!
We have good news for the new year: you can still apply for the 2018 Hungarian birthright trip! Read More ...
Applications for ReConnect Hungary 2021 Open on January 25!
Our next birthright trip will be from July 8-22, 2021*, and applications are open from January 25... Read More ...
Applications for ReConnect Hungary 2022 Open November 3!
Our next birthright trip will be from July 28 - August 12, 2022. Applications are open from November 3 until February 28,... Read More ...
Applications open for ReConnect Hungary 2020!
Apply for the 2020 Hungarian Birthright Program today and begin the journey to rediscover your Hungarian self. Read More ...
- Apply for ReConnect Hungary 2018 by December 11 and win an Online Hungarian Language Course worth $300!
Family. Heritage. History. Find your roots!
Read the emotional story of our twins Hannah and Kaitlyn Schmidt (ReConnect Hungary 2019 participants) about their visit to the village where their grandfather was raised.
"Emotional to see family members who I grew up visiting frequently but it has been 13 years since we saw each other last. Touching to visit the village where my father was raised. The girls are standing in front of their great, great grandmother’s house where my father spent lots of time while he was growing up. It remained in the family until my great aunt passed away several years ago. This area in Hungary is simplistic but the people are proud, hospitable and some of the kindest people you will ever meet. We also surprised my father’s cousin with a visit. Wasn’t sure where he lived but befriended a sweet older man who, because the village is small, of course knew him and insisted on escorting us to his home via his motorized scooter. After a short visit we departed and made our way to the memorial in town which remembers the villagers who were taken away and forced to work in Russian labor camps after the war in 1945. My grandfather was one of the townspeople who was taken to this labor camp, also known as a goulag. My father was only 13 when this happened and unfortunately my grandfather never came home to his family. For years the Russians would not admit to the many deaths in these labor camps. The memorial was only erected after the fall of communism in Hungary. Thankfully my father was able to see this memorial on his last visit to Hungary 13 years ago where his father’s name is listed. Our last stop was the family grave where I was able to leave a piece of my father who passed away 4 years ago. It’s nice to know that he is with family. Emotional but grateful for the closure that this trip has offered me."
My whole life I felt like we were missing pieces to our Hungarian heritage. The only things passed down through the generations were the food and some family stories. After this trip, I feel like I got to fill in those gaps. I have a better sense of what it means to be Hungarian-American and I feel a stronger connection to my great grandfather.This experience