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An Orange County adoption attorney accused of being a go-between in an illegal international baby-bartering scheme was released from federal custody Friday pending her arraignment in two weeks. Janice June Doezie, 49, of Villa Park was named in a nine-count federal indictment accusing her of helping recruit pregnant Hungarian women in a scheme to sell their babies to well-to-do California couples.
March 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ayelet Waldman's "Love and Treasure" (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, April 1) is a triptych novel that follows the lives of American and Hungarian Jews across the 20th century. A story of relationships, art and loss, it moves among a granddaughter trying to solve a puzzle, feminists in Budapest between the wars and European Holocaust survivors headed to Palestine. "When my book was being auctioned in Britain, one of the people who didn't bid on it said, 'This book is too Zionist for us.' And then my Israeli publisher, who did end up buying it, was like, 'Man, this is a really anti-Zionist book.' I got those responses the same day," Waldman says via Skype.
An Orange County adoption attorney pleaded guilty Friday to recruiting pregnant Hungarian women to sell their babies to California couples, authorities said. According to U.S. District Court officials, Janice J. Doezie, 49, of Villa Park, admitted to participating in the illegal cash-for-babies scheme, committing visa fraud and persuading "illegal aliens to come to the United States."
February 21, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
Two lawyers were indicted Thursday in an alleged immigration fraud scheme that arranged for Hungarian mothers to enter the United States illegally so they could give up their babies for adoption in exchange for money. A nine-count federal indictment named Janice J. Doezie, 49, of Villa Park, who operates a law office in Orange, and Heather E. Barnett, 38, a barrister with offices in Vancouver, British Columbia. Neither returned telephone calls seeking comment.
March 2, 1986
In her article on Romanian health spas (Feb. 9) Patricia Matthews refers to "Hungarians wearing quaint, old-fashioned dress and carrying bundles of sticks or goods upon their backs." She may consider this quaint, but in fact it reflects the cultural and economic repression to which Hungarians are subjected in Romania. As she mentions, all Romanians lack many basic goods we take for granted, but she may not know that Hungarians are a repressed minority, 10 times worse off than those living in Hungary.
October 14, 1987
There are at least 58 newspapers published in Los Angeles County for ethnic, racial and religious communities. All are weeklies unless otherwise indicated. Target No.
October 19, 1986 | Jonathan Greenwald, Jonathan Greenwald, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, is a Foreign Service officer who served in Budapest, 1982-1984. The views expressed are his own.
Thirty years ago this Thursday, Hungarians revolted against communist rule. Then on Nov. 4, 1956, 200,000 Soviet troops with 2,500 tanks and armored cars launched a massive attack on Budapest, killing thousands, deporting thousands more. The West said the brutality and treachery--the Soviets were even then "negotiating" withdrawal--branded communism forever an outlaw system. A year after the first post-war summit produced the Spirit of Geneva, the Cold War was back.
May 18, 1985 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
When Janos Kadar came to power in the fall of 1956, the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks still smoldered in the streets of Budapest in the aftermath of an anti-Communist uprising in which thousands of Hungarians died and more than 200,000 fled to the West. Only days before, Kadar had fled in the opposite direction, to eastern Hungary, where, with the help of Moscow's youthful ambassador to Budapest, Yuri V. Andropov, he formed a new government under Soviet sponsorship.
October 24, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
THEY CROSSED INTO A NEW WORLD with trepidation, slack-jawed at the sight of the welcome that waited. Cameras flashed, champagne flowed, flowers and deutschmarks flew at them. Hands reached out to pat the sad little East German jalopies as they chuffed through Checkpoint Charlie, silent gestures of congratulation from West German brothers too moved by a miracle of history to trust their voices.
August 12, 2013 | By Jeevan Vasagar
BERLIN -- A Hungarian war crimes suspect who allegedly brutalized and deported thousands of Jewish prisoners to the infamous Nazi death camp of Auschwitz during World War II has died of pneumonia, his lawyer said Monday. Laszlo Csatary, 98, who died in a hospital in Budapest on Saturday, was charged with war crimes by Hungarian prosecutors in June. He denied allegations that he was involved in torture and deportation while serving as a police commander in the town of Kosice in 1944.
June 20, 2013
Gyula Horn, 80, a former Hungarian prime minister who played a key role in opening the Iron Curtain, died Wednesday, the Hungarian government announced. He had been hospitalized in Budapest for several years. He was best known internationally for his announcement as foreign minister in 1989 that Hungary would allow East German refugees to leave the country for West Germany, one of the main events that helped end communism in Eastern Europe. Tens of thousands of East Germans had traveled to Hungary in the spring and summer of 1989 as expectations mounted that the more moderate Communist country might open its borders to the West.
January 14, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Fierce Beauty," the Jacaranda concert Saturday night at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, was important. And it was important in several ways. It began what will be a week of considerable attention on Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös. A major figure in Europe, he is too little recognized in the United States and his appearances here are infrequent. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's upcoming "Focus on Eötvös" mini-festival is meant to help mend that neglect.
January 12, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The music of Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös isn't "easy" in any conventional sense. A typical Eötvös piece sets the listener adrift through swaths of treacherous soundscapes and shimmering dissonance, usually without the aid of melody. Though often challenging, his music is also playful in an intellectual way - a childlike romp through a music-theory sand box. This is evident in the title of his new concerto "DoReMi," which was written for the violinist Midori and will have its world premiere Friday in a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
December 27, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
German actor and writer Hardy Kruger has listed his forested retreat in Crestline for $800,000. The 8-acre compound overlooking Lake Gregory once belonged to Hungarian horror film actor Bela Lugosi, known for playing the title role in the 1931 film "Dracula. " Kruger bought the site for his wife, Anita, and built its log home in 1980. Scenes from their time in the mountains are chronicled in his book "Wanderjahre. " Features include an open plan kitchen, dining and living room with a fireplace and a library.
December 10, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Monika Csaszni of Redondo Beach was one of the 10 winners of last year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with her Hungarian Isler cookies: "When I was a little girl, during the holidays we would go to my grandparents' house in the countryside. I fondly recall the magical memories of my family and the holidays that this cookie is responsible for. I can still picture my grandma in the kitchen making the cookie dough, my sister was in charge of cutting the cookies and I was responsible for the chocolate coating and decorating.
December 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Romanian security forces with tanks and water cannons battled thousands of anti-government demonstrators after police tried to deport a dissident clergyman, the Hungarian news agency and other sources reported Sunday. It was believed to be one of the largest outbreaks of anti-government demonstrations in at least two years in Romania, where hard-line Communist leaders have crushed dissent and rejected the reforms under way elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
June 11, 1989 | Endre Marton, Endre Marton covered the 1956 revolution as an Associated Press correspondent, after 18 months in prison on a conviction for treason and espionage. He is the author of "The Forbidden Sky" (Little, Brown)
In many ways, Hungary's future may well be set by what happens next Friday, the 30th anniversary of the Soviet execution of Premier Imre Nagy and three of his collaborators. On that day, June 16, their remains will be exhumed from unmarked graves and solemnly eulogized on Heroes' Square. It will be Hungary's strongest reminder of how a taste of freedom was snuffed out three decades ago. Emotions will be palpable, and perhaps uncontainable. "We don't want another national tragedy"--meaning a new revolt--one of the regime's staunchest opponents told me. Though the ceremony itself is planned to be solemn, there will be all the ingredients of unrest.
October 11, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, publisher and owner of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, has declined a Hungarian award worth more than $64,000, citing concerns over free speech rights and civil liberties. It is with no small irony that the award Ferlinghetti has declined, the Janus Pannonius International Poetry Prize, is from the Hungarian division of PEN. PEN is an international organization that supports the freedom to write internationally, and often campaigns to help writers who have been imprisoned or silenced.
September 15, 2012 | By Mark Ehrman
BUDAPEST, Hungary - "The Sixth Coffin" has been officially buried. Derided as anti-Semitic agitprop, this work by recently deceased Hungarian playwright-politician-polemicist Istvan Csurka has been the focal point of controversy until it was finally scrubbed from Budapest's Uj Szinhaz's - or New Theater's - new season. But how this production (think: the Hungarian equivalent of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion") ever got anywhere near the performance schedule of a major municipal venue in the first place is part of a larger drama involving this country's leadership and its assault on culture.
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