“After-Images, Unforgettable Lives from the 20th Century”

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Open from April 16 to June 22, 2013

The aim of this joint exhibition by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice and the Holocaust Memorial Center is to commemorate those outstanding personalities of the Hungarian culture, who have perished in the Holocaust.

The exhibition provides short biographies of exceptional writers, poets, sportsmen, artists and scientists, underlying the enormous losses Hungary has suffered as the consequence of the Holocaust. At the exhibition, displayed at the gallery of the Center’s Synagogue, among others, biographic data and achievements by writers Antal Szerb, Jenő Rejtő, Miklós Radnóti and Dezső Szomory, actor/director Lajos Gárdonyi and writer/theater manager Artúr Lakner are reflected upon. Well known pharmacologist Gedeon Richter and architect Marcell Komor are also commemorated. Among the sportsmen, homage is paid to Alfréd Brüll, one of the founders of the Hungarian Football Association and József Braun, AKA Csibi, the legendary right-winger of MTK, both of them victims of the Arrow Cross terror.

In addition to the panels describing lives and professional achievements, the periodic exhibition also displays various personal items, original diaries, letters and family photos. For example, the exhibition includes autographed volumes by Dezső Szomory, Miklós Radnóti and Zoli, the clown, the writing set of the founder of the Hungarian pharmaceutical industry, Gedeon Richter, original music sheets by Imre Harmath, and a newly discovered photo of football player “Csibi” Braun.



Beside the outstanding personalities lost to the Holocaust, a section of the periodic exhibition is devoted to marking the 100th anniversary of birth of the famous photographer Robert Capa, (Budapest, October 22, 1913 – Thai Binh, May 25, 1954). Eight original photos from the collection of the Hungarian National Museum are exhibited, illustrating the dynamism of one of the most well-known war reporters of the 20th century. The photos were selected from 1000 pictures owned by the National Museum to provide an insight into various stages of Capa’s work. Two of his most famous photos, the “Falling Soldier” and one shot from the famous D-day landings series are on display, together with two photos taken by Capa during his six-week visit to Budapest in 1948.

The periodic exhibition closes with a final guided tour by its curator István Takács, at the Museums at Night on June 22.

D-Day landings, 6-6-1944.

Robert Capa ® International Center of Photography, New York / Collection of the Hungarian National Museum

Curator: István Takács

Lector: András Szécsényi