Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed his condolences over the death of Hungarian-born US historian John Lukacs, his press chief said. Lukacs, who emigrated from Hungary in 1946, died Monday at the age of 95.
In his letter of condolence to Lukacs’s family, Orbán said he was shocked to learn that “the internationally-renowned figure in historical studies and recipient of the Hungarian Corvin Chain Award, John Lukacs, is no longer with us”. The prime minister said Lukacs, “with his wide-ranging knowledge and perception, served not only his homeland and adopted home, but the whole world.” “We are grateful that he remained proud of his Hungarian origin even as a renowned professor and represented the central European perspective without which we could barely understand 20th-century Western and European history,” Orbán added.
After emigrating to the US, Lukacs finished his studies at Cambridge University. He was professor of history at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia between 1947 and 1994 and served as guest professor in Budapest’s Corvinus University and Eötvös Loránd University several times from 1991.