magda & imre kertész prize

To honour the treasured memory of two past-members, Rotary Club Budapest-City has established the ‘Magda & Imre Kertész Prize’. The prize offers an opportunity for a talented artist (musician, writer, painter etc.) to receive financial support in their professional development whilst being honoured with the title of ‘Artist in Residence’ of our club for a period of one year. During this time, the winner will have the opportunity to share in the exposure and support our club can offer.


Magda Kertész (1942 - 2016)

Magda Kertész was a charter member of the Rotary Club Budapest-City and was the first female club President (1997-1998) in what was then District 1910.

Imre Kertész (1929 - 2016)

Imre Kertész was an honorary member of the Rotary Club Budapest-City and was the husband of Magda Kertész. Imre Kertész was a Hungarian author and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the first Hungarian to receive the Nobel in Literature.


Both Magda and Imre Kertész were dedicated Rotarians who valued bringing people together. Through the establishment of this prize, we hope to continue in that spirit and support the work of talented individuals.

Imre Kertész would have celebrated his 90th birthday on 9 November 2019. Coincidentally, this date also marks anniversaries of the failed Putsch coup, Kristallnacht and the fall of the Berlin Wall. To honour the Kertész’s pursuit of awareness around the Nazi Holocaust, dictatorship and personal freedom, the Rotary Club Budapest-City has decided to launch the prize on 9 November 2019.

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The Magda & Imre Kertész Prize is managed by club member Johannes von Duisburg. For more information on the prize, please contact Mr Duisburg via the form below.

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