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Hedvig Malina and Krisztina Egerszegi among the recipients of this year “Arpád Pajzs” (Arpád shield) award

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hedvig Malina

The award was founded in 2007 by Levente Szörényi, with the aim to recognize those Hungarians who either through their lives or work could be role models for their compatriots. The award is given each year in the first days of July at the anniversary of battle of Pozsony, in 907 and of the death of Prince Árpád.

When choosing candidates, we are thinking of people who have virtually impeccable records and quietly working in their fields in the service of their nation said Levente Szörényi the founder of the prize and the curator of the “Holdvilágárok” Foundation.

"This shield and the prize itself give a symbolic defense for the winners. It is not that if you ran into a spear you will be able to defend yourself, but rather, it provides a spiritual, intellectual and moral protection" said Szörényi.

The prize-giving ceremony will be held on July 2, in the “Tiszti Pavilon” in Komárom starting at 11 am. This is the first time that an ethnic Hungarian from the lost territories received the prize.

Hedvig Malina is an ethnic Hungarian mother of two from Vámosfalu, currently belongs to Slovakia, who was physically assaulted in a hate crime incident on August 25, 2006.

As a university student, she was severely beaten and robbed in Nitra after speaking Hungarian in public. Her attackers wrote "SK” and "Hungarians to the other side of the Danube" on her clothes.


Other winners:

László Bogár, economist

Ádám Medveczky, musician

Kornel Döbrentei, writer

Ajándok Eőry, physician

Krisztina Egerszegi, Olympic champion swimmer

Sándor Sára, filmmaker










(felvidek.ma – hungarianambiance.com)

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