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“Harrowing, graphic and a must see”

Holocaust Memorial Center
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Ranked #32 of 508 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 September 23, 2013

Excellent account of the events, but not for the faint hearted... Felt very humble and tearful watching the footage and very interesting interviews with the victims.

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

If you visit the Great Synagogue and its Holocaust memorial you simply have to "schlep" over to this museum. It provides an excellent historical perspective on the Holocaust and roots of Hungarian and European anti semitism. It also integrates the atempt to anhilate the gypsies as well. Better than any other museum exhibit I have seen in Budapest, this one puts the Holocaust into perspective; it didn't arise from nowhere. The museum's exhibits give a unique look at Hungarian anti semitism within the orbit of European hatred of the Jews in general. Interms of understanding the holocaust and its impact on Hungary this museum is far better than the one at the Central Synagogue and the Museum of National History. There is a tendency today it seems in Hungary, especially among the growing ultra right wing, to dismiss the antisemitism of the post WW I and pre WWII years. This museum shows the foundation laid in the anti semitic laws of the 20's after the abolition of such restrictions in the late 19th century. It wasn't jus tthe Nazis that marched in and hauled off the Jews. The society was prepared to view its Jewish citizens as pariahs, based on increasingly punitive legislation and negative depiction of Jews. I congratulate this museum for not sugarcoating history - especially when antisemitism is on the rise in Europe again and particularly in Eastern Europe. This museum is a must to get a good handle on history. It will fill in a lot of gaps left by visits to other historical exhibits. And I am not Jewish, by the way.

4  Thank Hugh B
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

It is truly sad to see the horrors that one human being can do to another. But this place has transformed the pain of the victims and families in to a beautiful memorial. Really worth the visit.

Thank Fatima C
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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Everyone should visit here! Wonderful tour. Tour guide was very interesting. So many sad and enpowering stories. A real must do in Budapest.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

There is nothing to like here but a MUST to visit to see the sufferings of a people whose only crime was to be born Jewish.

Thank Critique29
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