Károly Nagy

Károly Nagy, 1956er

*This interview was conducted in 2010 in Budapest as part of the documentary film "Megmaradni/Heritage" by Réka Pigniczky (click here for more information about the film: http://rekapigniczky.com/documentary/heritage/)

Born May 24, 1934 in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, Dr. Nagy participated in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution as the Erdosmecske Revolutionary National Council's elected president. He emigrated to U.S. after the Soviet suppression of the revolution. Dr. Nagy earned a psychology B.A. (1962) at Rutgers University, a sociology M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He taught at Middlesex County College, Rutgers and Montclair State universities, and in Hungary at Janus Pannonius, Eotvos Lorand and Debrecen universities. Dr. Nagy dedicated much of his life's work to the rights of minorities and to the preservation of Hungarian language and culture. He took advantage of his position as a U.S. professor to lobby for justice in a Hungary still under Communist rule. His seven books and over 100 studies have been published internationally. Dr. Nagy was a plenary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the recipient of the Imre Nagy Commemorative Plaque (1993), the Merit Order of the Republic of Hungary (1999), the Gabor Bethlen Award (2004), and the Hazam Award (2009).

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