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Interesting, if in dubious taste

I think seeing this drove home to me the very different experiences of different peoples and... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2018
dick h
Derby, United Kingdom
Interesting but controversial

The reason this memorial is so controversial is because it depicts Hungary as a victim of the... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
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Reviewed 17 January 2019

Quite a moving experience but not for the reason that the government expected when they put up the memorial. It is an attempt to imply that Hungary was subjugated by the Germans in WWII when if fact up to 1944 the government was at worst...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 3 December 2018

I think seeing this drove home to me the very different experiences of different peoples and different nations during world war II. Initially, I couldn't understand the controversy around this structure, until I read the explanantions that are pinned up all around the area. Having...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dick h
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

I did not take any photos as it felt somehow wrong to intrude on the grief of others. The story of the two memorials here, the undedicated memorial and the protest memorial are told relatively well on site but you get more richness when have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christian V
Reviewed 1 October 2018

On the face of it a monument to the de facto German takeover of Hungary in 1944 and those that died after this. During World War II Hungary was closely allied with Germany, especially in the fight against the Soviet Union after Germany’s initial invasion....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Without a guide you may miss the significance of these two memorials juxtaposed to each other. On the one hand current leaders erected the stone memorial essentially saying the Germans did it; on the other hand, survivors and family are saying in their improvised “temporary“...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ron B
Reviewed 25 August 2018

The reason this memorial is so controversial is because it depicts Hungary as a victim of the Nazis. In truth, Hungary was complicit in letting the Nazis in and more than cooperative in rounding up the Jews and sending them to concentration camps. I found...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank CathyC741
Reviewed 23 August 2018

The critics of this monument depicting Hungary as the Archangel Gabriel being attacked by a German imperial eagle say it absolves the Hungarian state and Hungarians of their active role in sending some 450,000 Jews to their deaths during the occupation. There have been protests...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The original memorial is an attempt to whitewash history. Taken together with the permanent protest around it, it is a powerful reminder of the horrors of the 40s and the continuing dangers today.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank joecR9738NG
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Given the huge World Cup crowds in the adjacent area, we nearly missed the monument despite knowing pretty well where to look. Glad we didn't miss it. Interesting to note the points of view presented here. Something NOT at all likely to be seen pre-1989....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tupelo010835
Reviewed 8 July 2018

It is a heartbreaking combination of a monument that glorifies the Hungarian war history far too much and ignores the gruesome fact that a lot of jews were sent to their death by Hungarian fascists, and a little monument put up by civilians protesting this...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube,
with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The
Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica
stand out as two of the finest examples of
architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for
more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval
city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while
the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention
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