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“Holocaust Memorial Centre”

Holocaust Memorial Center
Ranked #53 of 600 things to do in Budapest
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Owner description: The Holocaust Memorial Center is a national institution established by the Government in 1999. In 2002, it decided to construct the building of the Center in Pava Street, outside of the traditional Jewish quarter, further emphasizing its national character.The Holocaust Memorial Center is one of the few institutions in the world, established by the state, that focuses entirely on Holocaust research and education.The visitors are welcomed into a unique space that was named as the most impressive in Budapest, beside the city's panorama itself by Frank Owen Gehry, one of the leading architects in our time. The modern building is organically linked to the Pava Street Synagogue, an authentic venue that once used to be the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.The Institution is a center for scientific research education and culture. It welcomes visitors with interactive permanent and special periodic exhibitions, experience-based museum pedagogical programs and cultural performances. Guided tours are available in five languages and special, thematically focused tours are offered regularly. A bookshop and a cozy coffee shop contribute to a memorable visit.
Reviewed 10 May 2014

We went to the better-known centre first, and found this place on a map. There were many visitors to the better-known centre, but almost no-one at this centre.
This centre is quite confronting. It makes the point very clearly that the destruction of Hungarian Jews could not have taken place without the active participation of the local politicians, officials and communities. Most holocaust memorial centres in Europe, and there are many, are not so demanding in asking visitors to recognise what happened.
In Auschwitz, for example, the place is presented as a museum and heavily sanitised.
For us, these places are not museums. They tell us what we can do to other people, and warn us not to allow it to happen again.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Some of the photographs are heart-rending and the local synagogue is, from the outside, are interesting to view. There are quite a few artifacts that have either been donated or found, but the numbers of Jews who were murdered in the camps is difficult for the mind to encompass.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

in spite of these facts being known the world over, actually seeing some real documenation is always moving... the memorial is very detailed, with lots of film evidence... seeing it reminds you how humanity as a race is pretty stupid, and falls blind to propaganda, and also how they can be really cruel and heartless... I'd say a must-see for everyone.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

This is a place you should visit myself and my partner were both very moved and very sad at the way human beings treated other humans during the Second World War it is ver hard to imagine this ever happened but this will open your eyes to factual events that should never ever be forgot. Very educational everyone should go especially the young.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

I come from a Jewish background and when I went to Budapest I really wanted to make the most of the synagogue, holocaust memorial center and the Jewish corner and I am so glad that I did although it was very moving and shocking to see not only what a horrible time the Holocaust was but how badly the Jews were treated leading up to the Holocaust. We were reminded of all the rules such as "no Jews on the beach, no Jews to use public transport..." and we were shown a very good video documentary on WHY people were so against Jews which is a question that I have not found the answer I wanted. This place answered so many of my questions and the memorial outside had walls and walls of lists of names of people who had lost their lives in the Holocaust. A definate must see!

Make sure you bring your student discount card or Budapest Card when you visit this center as there is discount allowed!

Thank EmYellow
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