Thursday, November 19, 2009

Echoes and Memories

Jews lived in Buda as early as the 12th century. The 220,000 Jews who lived in Budapest before World War II were ordered 1n June 1944 into 2000 houses, each marked with a yellow star. Tens of thousands of Jews were forced on a death march to the Austrian border. Behind the Dohany Synagogue is the Holocaust cemetery where thousands of people who died in the wartime ghetto are buried. The Soviet conquest in 1945 prevented mass destruction so that half the Jews of Budapest survived.

In the midst of charming boulevards and elegant buildings are reminders of hateful acts.

Photomontage from the book Behind the Scene/Seen: An Artistic Response to the Holocaust.

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