Synagogue

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Since the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Synagogue is a venue for cultural events, conferences and periodic exhibitions.

 

 

 

 

It has been designed, displaying elements of then fashionable eclecticism, by the most productive architect of synagogues at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Lipót (Leopold) Baumhorn. The land for the construction was donated by industrialist Géza Belatini Braun.  The construction works started only in 1923 and the building, erected from donations, was consecrated on January 6 1924.

It was functioning as a facility for worship until 1944. In 1944-45 it was used as an internment camp and following 1945 it hosted occasionally religious ceremonies. In parts of the building a kosher kitchen and a seniors club functioned. In the main building, under the women’s gallery, the Hasomer Hacair and Kidma Jewish youth organizations were situated after 1990. By this time, the Synagogue was in dilapidated condition.

In 1999, the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary offered the building for the purposes of the Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial Collection Public Foundation. The restoration of the historic monument stared in 2003.

Based on a photo from the 1930s, 800 sq meters of decorative painting, 760 meters of metallic gold paint and 800 meters of plaster stucco have been reconstructed. The walls have been reinforced and modern thermal insulation has been applied.

At the ground floor, glass benches with portraits and names symbolize the members of the destroyed Jewish communities.

“A painful majority of the victims of the Holocaust were our compatriots of Jewish fate. Therefore, an empty Synagogue, a void, a space with lost sacrality can be an authentic, universal and national venue of remembrance.”

Architect István Mányi


 

Contact

Holocaust Memorial Center
39 Páva St
Budapest

(+36 1) 455-3333
info@hdke.hu

Opening Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Ticket Office opentill p.m. 5:00

Virtual Exhibitions

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Permanent Exhibition

From Deprivation of Rights to Genocide

To the Memory of the Victims of the Hungarian Holocaust The theme of the permanent exhibition is the Holocaust in Hungary. Its aim is to present and describe the persecution, suffering and murdering of Hungarian citizens, Jews and Roma, doomed to be exterminated on the basis of a racist ideology. The leading idea of the exhibition is to shed light on the relation between...

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Place of the Exhibition

The exhibition takes place in the underground of the memorial center

Organizer of the Exhibition

Hungarian National Museum

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Did You Know?

How many names are engraved to the Wall of Victims?

How can be names included to the list of identified victims?

Identification of more than half a million of victims of the Hungarian Holocaust requires persistent research efforts. At this moment, names of some 175,000 victims are engraved to the Wall.

Work on further identification of the names continues. It will be impossible to identify each and every victim, thus anonym, symbolic nametags are also placed on the Wall.

Visitors of the Memorial Center and visitors of the Center’s website can search the digital database of the victims. By filling in the Personal Data Form of the victims and returning it to our Institution, relatives or persons that have information about the victim, can initiate engraving the name to the Wall.

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