Hungarian emigrants happy to have found freedom and a chance for a fresh start, worked hard, studied, and quickly became good citizens. The receiving countries were happy with the newcomers who were eager to give of their talent and experience and help build their young adopted country. More than half a dozen earned Nobel prizes for their new country. Life in America would probably be different without St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher Joseph Pulitzer, Paramount Studios' founder Adolph Zukor, conductors Antal Dorati, George Solti and George Szell, actresses Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mariska Hargitay, actors Tony Curtis, Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi Sir George Soltiand comedian Ernie Kovacs, jazz man Gabor Szabo, football heroes Joe Namath, Larry Csonka and Don Shula, and financial giants Andrew Sarlos and George Soros, the philanthropist. Three famous physicists who attended the same school in Budapest went to America, helped to win the war and, for better or worse, changed history forever: Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller are recognized for their work in the field of atomic and nuclear energy. Andrew Grove (András Gróf) runs Intel. Let's not forget to thank Agoston Haraszthy for bringing over those wonderful vine shoots, the foundation of the California wine industry. Hungarian contribution to the development of America is extensive.


Tony Curtis Wishing to be loyal citizens of their new country, some Hungarians changed their names and stopped speaking Hungarian at home to help their children adapt. Fortunately, you may meet a Susan Wood who speaks only English-but still has lingering childhood memories that tie her to Hungary and the Hungarian culture. Or perhaps while researching or putting together the family tree you have discovered ancestors who came from Hungary. Why don't you come to Hungary this year, and get to know your ancestral land and learn about your roots first hand!

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Genealogical and Probate Research Bureau
Radix - Genealogy research in Hungary
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