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The Congress for Cultural Freedom: The Impact on Hungarian Intellectuals
18/11/2019 5:00 p.m.
Past EventsR. S. V. P
Roselyne Chenu, author of 'EN LUTTE CONTRE LES DICTATURES (Le Congrès pour la liberté de la culture (1950-1978)' will talk about the activities of CCF

A joint event of the Danube Institute, the Hungarian Review and the French Institute

In a roundtable discussion about the importance of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, Roselyne Chenu will be joined by former Hungarian Ambassador to Paris, János Szávai and Mária Illyés-Kodolányi, both beneficiaries of the Congress's programs.

Magda A.Szabó, former deputy director of the Hungarian Institute in Paris will serve as moderator.

The topic will be introduced ny John O'Sullivan, president of the Danube Institute.


The CCF emerged as the West's „most steadfast and effective focus of intellectual resistance to Stalin and Stalinism” according to Hilton Kramer, exposing the true nature and fraudulent culture of Communism. It provided the link to the world beyond the Iron Curtain for many Hungarian artists, writers, and poets located throughout Eastern Europe. Writing on the importance of the CCF, historian George F. Kennan made the following observation, in a 1959 letter to Nicolas Nabokov:
I can think of no group of people who have done more to hold our world together in these last years than you and your associates in the Congress. In this country in particular [the United States], few will ever understand the dimensions and significance of your accomplishment.”
In 2018, Roselyne Chenu published a book about the CCF and her memories. She recalls, „In 1974, my mailing list of Eastern Europe had something like four hundred names in it. I still have friendly relations with some of them – or their children – to this day.”  
The panel discussion will be conducted in French.  English and Hungarian translation wil be provided.
Please register via the RSVP link.
The event will be videorecorded and the film will be put on our website.  By participating, you agree to the use of your image in the film.
DATE: November 18, 17:00. Registration starts at 16:30
VENUE: French Institute, Budapest, Fő utca 17. 1011








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