Gábor Verő, retired director of the New Hungarian Central Archives died at age 89. As a survivor from deportations to Auschwitz and Ebensee, he was a relentless actor of historical research, publishing and teaching of the Holocaust. He was engaged in the leadership of the Committee of the Persecuted by Nazism and one of the founders and directors of the Hungarian Auschwitz Foundation. His expertise, optimism and perseverance inspired us to carry on the efforts to uphold the memories of the victims of the persecutions. His death represents a tremendous loss for the Holocaust Memorial Center; his memory will be preserved.
In 2005 the General Assembly of the UN declared 27 January, the day when Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of the Nazi extermination camps had been liberated in 1945, as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. At this occasion, the Holocaust Memorial Center in cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Science will organize a scientific commemorative meeting titled Hungary in the Shadow of the Tragedy. Opening of two periodic exhibitions will also take place on the day. Exceptionally, on this Monday, the permanent exhibition will also be open to the visitors.
The Danish Embassy in Hungary and the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest will organize a commemoration at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of rescuing the Danish Jews on 9 December 2013, at 11 am.
Ambassador Gideon Behar, Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Department for Combating anti-Semitism visited the Holocaust Memorial Center on 1 December 2013. Prof. Dr. Szabolcs Szita, acting director of the institution guided ambassador Behar through the permanent exhibition and explained the historical background and particularities of the Holocaust in Hungary.
The Austrian Cultural Forum, the Holocaust Memorial Center and its partners will stage a lecture by Prof. Claudia Theune-Vogt, director of the Institute of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna on the topic: “Results of the archeological research of the sub-camps of KL Mauthausen”. The event will take place at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Budapest, Andrássy Road 43, 2nd floor, at 3 pm, 4 December, 2013.
An interdisciplinary conference, co-organized in Vienna by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the Simon Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, will deal with the history of collaboration and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe during WWII.
Ferenc Molnár, journalist and screenplay writer was an outstanding artist of the 20th century. Every generation of Hungarians know his novel, The Paul Street Boys, and many of his theater pieces are still popular. However, just a few are aware that he has died, half-forgotten, in the United States. He is buried at the Linden Hill Methodist Cemetery, New York.