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Review of The Glass House

The Glass House
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Private Jewish Heritage Tour by Car in Budapest
Ranked #197 of 478 things to do in Budapest
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

.... that the prospects of this museum is constrained by lack of funds. Having spent the first year of my life in the basement during WWII, the Glass Factory was to be one of the high points of our Budapest stay. However, the upper floors have since been converted to apartments and access to the basement is restricted with only the courtyard open to visitors. If you have any interest, see it soon since only street plaques may be want remains in its future.

4  Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Not far from the wealthy hungarian parliament, follow your way via Bathory ut to Vadasz Utca 29 and try to find the poor Carl Lutz museum : not exactly nr. 29 but nearby, there's a dirty brown metal door, with view on an even more dirty inner place. Right from you, some stairs, entrance of 5x5m museum. A video tape, few books and some pictures, almost no english, no guided tour, few explanation, no entrance fee, no money, no story. As if dark forces try to forget the holiness past of this place. You can almost fysically taste this feeling. S.t.'s very weird. This is clearly not the classical 5 stars trip advisor rating but a 5 stars for public shame.

Shame to the european community lords, more concerned about themselves than the people
they are supposed to represent.
Shame to the budapest and international jewish community with their luxury synagogues, forgetting deliberately (1) their righteous among nations.
Shame to all of us, not doing an effort to restore this place.
Stop trying to hide the glass house. Pay more and more visits and write your concern in the
visitor's book.
If more people agree with me, let's open an account and credit small money instead of the not required entrance fee. Later we can decide what to do and how to put pressure on the
decision makers.I'm sure they will consider very well.
The Glass House should be much more than a rotten building, but a place to share human courage, jewish or not.
I was shocked by this lack of respect.

Note (1) : some well informed sources told me the jewish community does not want
to support Carl Lutz museum because the Swiss Government did not support the
Jewish case unlike the Swedish did but is this not a reason more to support
the Carl Lutz case ?

3  Thank Freddy0403
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

As a building - it's art has been devastated - it's a shame it cannot be restored to it's origiinal form - what a tourist attraction it would make. A community museum has since been established in one room.Sadly, it is all in Magyar, I bought the guide in english but it's a hard read but in spite of that - Go!!
Things one discovers - Lutz helped German citizens leave British occupied Palastine, Lutz was sent to BudaPest, then helped fulfill 8000 "permitted" authorisations for Jews of other nations - thus saving 60, 000 souls, not just 8000! One is left with a feeling of wonder at the Lutz's, Schindler's, Wallenbourg's bravery! and the wickedness of those who butcher psychologically as well as physically the helpless in any community. It is worth a visit,

1  Thank MOSTELS
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

If you don't see anything else in Budapest, go see this. It tells the story of Karl Lutz, the Swiss diplomat who saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. The most moving part of this story is that unlike the more famous Wallenberg, Lutz saved people against the wishes of his government, not with their support, because he knew it was the right thing to do. This small memorial/ museum isn't signposted and it's a bit off the main drag, but is worth the visit. It's all in Magyar, so take a guide (preferably the amazing Andrea http://www.toursbylocals.com/BudapestPrivateTourGuide) to go through the exhibits and to get there. It's supported entirely by the community, so your visit makes a big difference to remembering a bright part of a dark time.

3  Thank crdSydney
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

This was a moving experience for me since my husband and his family were part of the few that were saved by the protection of The Glass House which was arranged by Carl Lutz of the Swiss Embassy in Budapest. You will be amazed at the tiny space that accommodated 3,000 people in 1944. This small museum has many newspaper clippings and articles that will take you back in time to grasp the magnitude of difficult time of history.

2  Thank 17NancyS
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