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PETER CZINK, IHMHPS PRESIDENT
President Peter Czink was born and raised in Canada by Hungarian immigrants who
fled their homeland after the 1956 Revolution. His first experience with volunteerism was in 1978, as one of the pioneer
members of the Canadian Museum of Flight and Transportation, and his devotion to
historical preservation has never waned. It was in that decade that he had his
first years of para-military experience, and served his country again in the
1990s. Just before the dawn of the 21st Century, he began immersing himself in
his heritage and culture, and today he is considered one of most dedicated and
A staunch advocate for raising awareness of cultural challenges, and a tireless
promoter of Hungarian arts, culture and history, Czink
is also founder and editor of the New Hungarian Voice – one of the world’s most
popular English language Hungarian periodicals. For many descendents of
Hungarian immigrants, his work has ensured that their culture and heritage is
accessible and interactive.
Also on a voluntary basis, he revitalized the
Vancouver Chapter of the World Federation of Hungarian Veterans, which he led
for nine years. In 2008, he made the bold move of founding a new organization –
the International Hungarian Military History Preservation Society. The vision of
the IHMHPS is to educate English speaking people about Hungary’s millennia of military history, and to scientifically document the past in order to
better understand the present. He has shed and unlearned the political and
racial feuds sparked by centuries of European conflict, and hopes that through
innovative education and tolerance, we can all do our part to make the world a
better and more peaceful place.
Peter Czink is also on the board of directors of a number of other cultural and
historical groups in Canada and abroad, and is involved with many veteran’s
associations in Europe. For his outstanding skill and dedication, as well as his
continuous philanthropy, he has received numerous awards from institutions and
military organizations in Canada, Hungary, Austria and Germany.
LORRAINE WEIDEMAN, IHMHPS VICE-PRESIDENT
in Edmonton, Lorraine inherited her exceptional passion for the Hungarian cause
from her paternal grandmother, who came to Canada from the Bánát region of
She is one of the driving forces behind many of the most successful
Vancouver-Hungarian community projects, and she has used her vast fine-arts,
design and business experience to modernize numerous cultural and
As IHMHPS Vice-President, Lorraine involves herself in every aspect of the
organization – from design and presentation of our projects and publications to
the creation and maintenance of our website. Her skill and experience with
organization, and event planning, her tireless and exemplary volunteer
work-ethics, and her knowledge of historical artefacts has earned Lorraine
respect and admiration from the community.
GEORGE HENNESSY, IHMHPS VICE-PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIA
George Hennessy was born in Budapest in 1947, and a year later emigrated to
Australia with his parents. Both his father and grandfather served Hungary
during the World Wars, and he became a national serviceman in the Australian
Army for two years. He originally joined the Sydney Chapter, and then the
Vancouver Chapter of the MHBK (World Federation of Hungarian Veterans), and is
a member of the National Servicemen’s Association and the 7th
Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Association.
Currently living in Sydney, Australia, he is
married with two children and two grandchildren, and works as a recruitment
manager in the automotive industry. He has a passion for Hungarian military
history among his many activities, which include travel to remote locations in
the Australian outback. George Hennessy is exceptionally reliable and
hard-working, and has followed in his forefathers’ footsteps as an exemplary
fighter for the Hungarian cause.
MANFRED WINTER, IHMHPS VICE-PRESIDENT, AUSTRIA
Manfred Winter has been a career soldier since 1982. He is currently a
Sergeant-Major in the Austrian Armed Forces Logistic School – Institute for
Transport Services, has served with the UN in Cyprus (2000-2001) and the
Austria-Hungary Border Control Mission (2007). He has spent many years as a
training instructor and logistics NCO and is a qualified rescue diver since
2000. During his mission in Cyprus, he served as a Sergeant Major in the
HQ Company of a multinational battalion (United Nations Austrian, Hungarian and
Slovenian Battalion) which was given the task of observing Turkish and Greek
movements. It was during these eighteen months that he bonded with his Hungarian
comrades every year they meet for a weekend in Austria, Hungary or Slovenia.
Our own IHMHPS Austrian Vice-President since
2010, he has also been a member of the MHBK (World Federation of Hungarian
Veterans). He joined the Österreichischer Kameradschaftsbund (Austrian Veterans’
Association) in 1982, and since 2005 he has served as Public Relations Secretary
in the Mödling Chapter of the Austrian Veterans’ Association. He is also a
member of German veterans’ groups, including the Bayerischer Soldatenbund
(Bavarian Veterans’ Association); and is in charge of foreign affairs of the
Lettenreuth Chapter of the Bavarian Veterans’ Association and the Baden 2nd
Dragoon Regiment Comrade’s Association.
Manfred Winter is an enlightened historian who
has dedicated his life to the preservation of all that is noble and honourable
in his homeland’s rich historical tapestry. His many decorations are a testament
to his exemplary service and dedication, and his skill and insight has greatly
enriched the IHMHPS. He was born in 1965, and is married to Sigrid. Their son
Christoph was born in 1992 – he and his mother also share the passion for
IHMHPS VICE-PRESIDENT SCANDINAVIA
Péter Orincsay was born in the town of Värnamo, in Sweden, to Hungarian parents.
Growing up, immersed in the stories of his grandparents’ experiences in both
World Wars, and his father’s firsthand recollections of 1956 uprising, his
interest in history forever guaranteed.
He followed the family tradition and finished his military service in the
Jämtlands Fältjägar Regiment in Östersund, followed by two tours in the Balkans
with the NATO peacekeeping force. Péter’s interest in photography was also
something that played a significant role his life. Even as a boy, he documented
his everyday life and the people around him, and this interest developed into a
full-time occupation over the years. As a brigade-photographer in the
peacekeeping force, and as a freelance news-photographer, his passion for
photography took him all over the world.
Settling in Göteborg after years of traveling, Péter married, and
temporarily put aside his hobbies and accepted steady governmental employment.
It was at this time that he truly discovered his interest in his own historical
heritage – the knowledge he gained from his years of experience working with
digital photography was focused on the preservation of historical images. Over
time, Péter developed many unique photographic digitalizing and colouring
techniques, and is constantly restoring old photographs. Péter is a collector
of Hungarian military as well.
Keep an eye on his blogs -
www.tuzkereszt.com – and feel free to contact him – this
knowledgeable and helpful IHMHPS member is always ready to share his passion.