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Remembering September 11th in Budapest, 16 Years Later

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.09.11.

Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and that forever changed the course of the modern world.

In Budapest, the US Embassy held a blood drive on Friday, September 8th, together with the Hungarian Red Cross in order

to commemorate the victims and first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and mark the U.S. National Day of Service.

You can view a video about the blood drive below:

The event was hosted by the embassy’s acting head, Chargé D’Affaires David Kostelancik. Blood drives commemorating September 11th have been held annually at the US Embassy in Budapest since 2010.

Discussing September 11th in Hungarian, Kostelancik praised the support provided by the people of Hungary following the tragedy, saying that

 the deadly acts of terror that shook the United States 16 years ago took the lives of many innocent people, but at the same time generated enormous waves of sympathy and solidarity globally, including in Hungary, for which we remain grateful.

Last year, the 15th anniversary of the attacks was honored by a commemoration ceremony attended by then-Ambassador Colleen Bell and Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pintér.

Last year’s 9-11 Commemoration held at the US Embassy in Budapest, attended by US Ambassador Colleen Bell (center-right) and Hungary’s Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér (center-left) (Photo: US Embassy Facebook Page)

Aid from a Hungarian Company

Following the September 11th attacks, groups around the world sprang into action to provide aid to those who had been affected. One such organization was the Hungarian Kürt Information Management, a company which specializes in data recovery from damaged computers.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Kürt recovered data from computers that had been destroyed at the World Trade Center towers, saving projects and information from PCs located in offices. The company provided this service free of charge. You can view a video on Kürt’s efforts below:

Kürt itself is a well-known and well-respected Hungarian company, whose unique data recovery technology has been recognized worldwide. In fact, in 2014 Kürt’s data recovery tech was officially named a Hungaricum, something designated by law as a “product worthy of distinction and highlighting, which with its Hungarian character, uniqueness, speciality and quality is a state-of-the-art performance of the Hungarian people, acknowledged as an achievement of Hungarians and as a distinguished merit both abroad and domestically.”

Kürt has also provided its services free of charge following numerous disasters around the world, including the 2004 Tsunami that ravaged the Indian Ocean and parts of East Asia, as well 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and much of the US gulf coast.


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