Consul General Amy Westling along with the Hungarian Ambassador to the Council of Europe (COE), Mr. Ferenc Robak, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the COE, Ms. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, inaugurated an exhibit on the life and work of Robert Capa at the COE on July 1. A Hungarian-American who became one of the most famous war photographers ever, Capa is world-renown for his depictions of the human toll of war. His photographs of the Spanish Civil War and World War II—especially those of the D-Day landings—have become iconic international images. Capa also photographed the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the First Indochina War.
Consul General (and deputy permanent observer to the COE) Westling mentioned in her remarks multiple Hungarian-Americans who had helped shape U.S. history, from Joseph Pulitzer to Paul Simon, and described Hungarians’ contribution to America’s diverse ethnic mosaic. She urged European partners to embrace their different cultures, emphasizing that a diverse population is a source of dynamism rather than a threat.