On Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 8 pm, world-renowned jazz musicians, Béla Szakcsy-Lakatos and Lajos Kathy-Horváth commemorated the tragedy of Roma during WWII by performing a unique improvisation inspired by, among others, Roma and Jewish music traditions. Lajos Kathy-Horváth’s chamber orchestra contributed to the event, jointly organized by the Budapest Roma Educational and Cultural Center (FROKK) and the Holocaust Memorial Center.
As in previous years, in 2014 the Holocaust Memorial Center is welcoming and continue offering 50% entrance fee discount to holders of the Budapest Card, the official city card. All types of the card – valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours - are accepted. For further details please see the official website of the BUdapest Card.
The diocese of Szeged-Csanád commemorated the victims from that region claimed by the tragic events that took place 70 years ago by unveiling a memorial in the park surrounding the Cathedral of Szeged.
This year again visitors shared very favorable opinions about their impressions at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest. Based on their evaluations, the Center has won again the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, one of the largest independent websites collecting views and assessments of tourists. According to the list of TripAdvisor, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest is ranked 22nd out of the 256 sites recommended to visitors in the Hungarian capital.
Zsolt Urbancsok, chief archivist of the Archives in Makó, Mrs. Magó, Gyöngyi Tóth, deputy director of the Szent István Grammar School in Kalocsa, teacher of Hungarian language and history, as well as editor Magda Horák were recognized by the 2014 Wiesenthal award. The official ceremony of bestowing the awards took place at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest on 23 April 2014.
The Google Cultural Institute is well known among the Hungarian museologists and connoisseurs of art and culture. As of mid-March, the first Hungarian exhibition is available on the platform’s Historic Moments collection – posted by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest. The Pál Kornis' Labor Service A Hotbed of Corruption exhibition introduces the forced labor service through the personal story of a conscript of this controversial unarmed form of military service.
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.