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Lauer Learning Launches Freedom Fighter ’56 Website and History Project
Testimonials from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to be used in creating the FF56! computer game

Roswell, GA - October 23, 2005-Lauer Learning today announced the launch of www.FreedomFighter56.com, an innovative, educational website dedicated to collecting testimonials about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The goal of this project is to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution in 2006 and to ensure that the personal stories and the spirit of 1956 are passed on to future generations. The stories will be used as content for FF56!, an educational, historically accurate computer game about the Revolution.

Lauer Learning launched the bilingual website in partnership with the Hungarian American Coalition, a nationwide non-profit organization that promotes public understanding and awareness of Hungarian American issues. The site targets both '56ers and their families and friends, who may help in documenting the stories. In addition, www.FreedomFighter56.com is an educational resource with historical information on 1956, photographs and links to other projects and resources about the Revolution. Viewers have access to all submitted histories as well as an interview guide that can be submitted online or easily downloaded.

Lauer Learning develops multimedia products that teach kids about foreign languages, cultures and historic events. The first wave of products will include “FF56”, an immersive, role-playing computer game for young teens to experience the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Fun and imaginative “Language Learning Packets” consisting of DVDs, books and flashcards, will also be released to help parents raise their children bilingually. The stories collected through the FreedomFighter'56 website will be used to enrich the cultural and historical value of the learning products.

“The response to this effort has been spectacular. For many Hungarians who witnessed the Revolution of 1956, the event had a significant and lasting influence on their lives. Second generation Hungarians have also been deeply inspired,” said Andrea Lauer Rice, founder and chief executive officer of Lauer Learning. “During this special anniversary year, the Hungarian American Coalition and Lauer Learning will collect the stories from 1956 survivors and their families, compile as many personal accounts as possible, and feature these stories on the website.”

Max Teleki, President of the Hungarian American Coalition added, "The Coalition is proud and excited to be partnering with Lauer Learning on such a worthwhile project. The Revolution of 1956 was an exceptional time in history and it is important that we ensure the stories are not forgotten."

In order to gather the testimonials, Lauer Learning reached out to the Hungarian American community and supplied the Coalition membership with promotional packets about the project including: 5,000 bookmarks, 1,000 patriotic bracelets and 20 stand alone posters. These items were displayed and passed out at commemorative events throughout the nation - from Sarasota to Washington DC to Los Angeles - on the 49th anniversary of the Revolution.

In addition to other plans for the 50th anniversary, Lauer Learning and the Coalition will publish a selection of these testimonials in the fall of 2006.


Lauer Learning is a multimedia educational company that creates interactive products to teach children foreign languages, cultures and historic events through experiential learning. Two Hungarian products, the first cluster of a series of 'learning by playing' modules, will be launched in 2006 -FF56! a bilingual, historically-accurate, educational computer game for teens about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and “Kis Majom” or “Little Monkey”, a Language Learning Packet consisting of DVDs, books and flashcards, to help parents raise their toddlers bilingually. The computer game will be available in early fall and “Little Monkey” will be released in time for Christmas 2006. In addition “56 Stories”, a collection of personal testimonials collected through the FreedomFighter56.com website, will be published and on the market in October 2006. All products will be available for purchase through the www.LauerLearning.com website.

The Hungarian American Coalition was founded in 1991 as an educational and cultural non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. Its Office of Information in Washington, D.C serves over 20,000 organizational and individual members across the United States. Its mission is to promote public understanding and awareness of Hungarian American issues. For further information, please go to www.hacusa.org.

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