,We visited the Dohany Synagogue/Memorial Park/Historical Jewish District of Pest. We had a tour of the Synagogue. My first impression was that it looked like a Christian cathedral. The guide explained that a Christian architect designed it. Both the out side and inside of the building were very interesting.
Attached to the synagogue was the Jewish Museum. There were 2 courtyard as well. One was a graveyard with mass graves. The guide explained that large number of Jews died of starvation, uncontrolled diseases and many were shot by the Nazi's. Bodies were left lying where they fell. Eventually they were buried (about 2800) in mass graves (I think he said 21graves).
The other courtyard had a monument in the form of a tree made of metal to honour those who had died. Some of the metal leaves on the tree had names on them of those who had perished. Others were blank to honour those who died but whose name was not known.
At the other side of the courtyard was a plaque honouring Roual Wallenburg and other people of different nationalities who had helped thousands of Hungarian Jews.
All in all it was very very interesting, educational and certainly worth a visit.
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