Former Auschwitz Camp Attracts Record Number Of Visitors


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Slice_01WARSAW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A record number of more than 1.5 million people have visited the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland last year, officials say. The announcement comes ahead of commemorations marking the liberation of what became a symbol of the Holocaust.

NEWS WATCH: Poland, Hungary Recall Roma Holocaust


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- While Europe remembers the outbreak of World War I, commemorations have been held in Hungary and Poland for what often has been called the “forgotten Holocaust”: the murder of hundreds of thousands of gypsies, or Roma people, during World War II.

Roma ‘Fresco Village’ Turns Hungary Hardship Into Hope (Special Feature)


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Bódvalenke, Hungary

FrescoBODVALENKE, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- A malnourished villager in northeastern Hungary, who claims to be 20-years-old, smiles while holding her premature baby in her arms. She likes a recently completed fresco showing Gypsy life and references to Jesus Christ. Nearby children are finishing the 33rd mural in Bódvalenke, the world's only Fresco Village painted by Gypsy artists, also known as Roma.

Concerns Over ‘Religious Discrimination’ In Hungary’s New Constitution


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

voa_bos_hungary_protest_300_eng_14jan11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Smaller evangelical churches and other faith groups faced more uncertainty Monday, September 23, after Hungary's parliament adopted amendments to a controversial constitution.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic Detains 100 In Massive Anti-Roma Protests

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antiromaPRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A tense calm has returned to the Czech Republic where officials say some 100 far-rights activists have been detained in violent demonstrations against gypsies, also known as Roma.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary Men Found Guilty In Roma Killings (Update)

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Tatárszentgyörgy, Hungary

romaTATARSZENTGYORGY, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Survivors of one of Eastern Europe's deadliest wave of attacks against Roma since World War Two received some justice Tuesday, August 6, as four Hungarian men were found guilty of killing six Roma including a five-year-old child. A Budapest court sentenced brothers Árpád and István Kiss and Zsolt Pető to life imprisonment for attacking Roma villages with guns, grenades and firebombs. The men, who were between ages 28 and 42 during the violence, have denied wrongdoing. The fourth suspect István Csontos, who served as a driver to his accomplices, received 13 years imprisonment. He admitted to cooperation but denied active involvement in the murders. At the time, BosNewsLife visited the village of Tatárszentgyörgy, where one of the most serious atrocities happened, and published this report.

Hungary Roma Group Welcomes Ban Of ‘Nazi’ Guard By Europe Court


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Hungary

magyargardanowBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- An influential group defending the rights of gypsies, also known as Roma, has welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that banning a Hungarian "far-right, anti-Roma and anti-Semitic" paramilitary group is lawful.