I have a mother tongue, which is German, and I have an intellectual mother tongue and habit which connects me to Hungarian culture,”
Kalász kept close to his German roots throughout his life, translating and editing German texts. He visited Berlin multiple times as a fellowship honouree. He worked at the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Berlin from 1971 to 1974 and served as the director of the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in Stuttgart from 1990 to 1994.
He was awarded the Jozsef Attila Prize in 1971 and 1987 and the Kossuth Prize in 2013.