Hungarian ambassador Szapáry visits Hoover

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Hungarian ambassador to the United States György Szapáry
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Janet Chang
Hungarian ambassador to the United States György Szapáry
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Janet Chang

Hungarian ambassador to the United States György Szapáry, along with Eva Voisin, the honorary consul general of Hungary in San Francisco, and Gabor Kaleta from the consulate in Los Angeles, met with Richard Sousa, the director of the library and archives at the Hoover Institution on April 26, 2011. After the meeting, Maciej Siekierski, curator of Hoover’s East European Collection, gave the ambassador a tour of the Hoover Archives, focusing on the Hungarian collections, including publications from the time of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, photographs of the American Relief Administration at work in Budapest during 1919–21, the manuscript of the autobiography of Admiral Miklos Horthy (regent of the Kingdom of Hungary during the interwar years), posters from the 1989–90 peaceful political revolution, and the Imre Pozsgay papers, as well as selected items from the papers of Hoover fellows Edward Teller, Friedrich von Hayek, and Milton Friedman.  To the ambassador’s pleasure, some material displayed for him included early twentieth-century photographs of and letters to and from his relatives, none of which he had seen or was aware existed. Ambassador Szapáry is an economist by training with extensive experience in international finance and banking. He spent much of his career at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. His grandfather was Hungarian prime minister at the end of the nineteenth century.