Shoes Memorial

Shoes Memorial along the Danube river

The online version of the magazine Architecture Digest has chosen the Holocaust memorial of Budapest as the second most important public sculpture on a list of 13.

Check the list here.

Find the story of the shoes here.

Ghetto Memorial

This year Budapest commemorates the 70th year of the formation of its ghetto.

Péter Sugár and the Szövetség ’39 Group’s installation makes you stop for a moment and think about those dark times.

Ghetto Memorial Budapest

On the steel wall the text appears in Hungarian, English and Hebrew to bring the story of life and death, the cronicle of the holocaust and the revival of Jewish life in the neighbourhood closer to everyone.

Ghetto Memorial Budapest

On the map imprinted into the concrete the ghetto’s street structure can be seen, marking on it some of the important institutions of the area. If one goes closer pictures from the past can be seen through the peek holes, carrying the today’s passer-by into the gone-by past.

Ghetto Memorial Budapest

Budapest ghetto

January 18th 1945. The ghetto in Budapest is liberated.

67 years ago… Commemoration in the Dohany street synagogue 10:00 – 11:30 am.
Speaks: Robert Frolich rabbi, sings Gabor Szilagyi cantor.

Event open to the public.

Raoul Wallenberg 1912 – 2012

On January 17th in the Hungarian National Museum the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Year was launched. Hosts of the event: minister for Foreign Affairs in Hungary Janos Martonyi and in Sweden Carl Bildt, guest of honor Yoseph Peled minister from Israel.

Calendar of events:

– January 17: ‘To me there’s no other choice – Raoul Wallenberg 1912 – 2012’ Swedish photo exhibition opened (this is the day he was last seen on in Hungary)
– January 27: UN Holocaust remembrance day
– 14 February: Seminar on Raoul Wallenberg´s activities in Budapest. Seminar organised by Living History Forum and City of Lidingö, Stockholm
– April 15th: Wallenberg commemorative concert in front of the House of Terror Museum ( March of the Living, a march along the streets of Budapest down to the Danube embankment to remember the victims of the Holocaust (
– April 16th: Hungarian Holocaust remembrance day
– April 17th: 25th Auschwitz – Birkenau Pilgrimage
– May 10th: Wallenberg stamp issued by the Hungarian and the Swedish Post
– May 15th: research conference: “Can we say no?” in the Holocaust Documentation Center (
– June 16th: planned conference on democracy and human rights
– August 4th (Wallenberg’s birthday): “Righteous among the Nation´s award” meeting for Hungarian citizens who have been presented the “Righteous among the Nations” award in the Holocaust Memorial Center
– August 5th: memorial evening in the Dohany street synagogue
– September 9th: Raoul Wallenberg 100 – evening
– November 18th: charity concert in the Dohany street synagogue

For more details and events connected to the Raoul Wallenberg 2012 memorial year please visit :

Hanukkah in Budapest

In the Budapest Jewish quarter this year visitors are expected on 18 scenes with over 100 events to celebrate Hannukkah. Music, exhibitions, theater performances, film festival – some of many options.

Tuesday, on 20th, at the corner of Kiraly and Csanyi streets after lighting the candles at 6 pm a walk starts along Csanyi street, Klauzal square. At 7 pm opening party in the Gozsdu Mano Club (Kiraly street 13) followed by the performance of Abate Berihun – The Qualitons (Ethiopian, jazz, traditional Jewish tunes) in the cellar.
December 27- 28 in Siraly Club (Kiraly street 50) the film festival starts.

Candle lighting:

Siraly Club:
21th, 8 pm.
22nd, 7 pm.
23-27th, 8 pm.
28th, 9 pm.

Balint House (Revay street 16):
every day; 27th, 3.30-7 pm. Light parade

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The Kazinczy street has been restored. New pavement on the street, strolling there feels a little better now. The renovation of the orthodox synagogue has been finished now from outside too. Check out the pictures here (Hungarian article).
strolling the Jewish districtPicture from here.

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decorations in the Jewish districtlamp on a house in Kazinczy street
When you walk the streets of Budapest, don’t forget lo look up. Every brick tells a story. This picture was taken in district 7, commonly called the Jewish quarter, official name: Elisabeth’s town, named after Sissy. Some of its buildings have been destroyed to have space for modern apartment houses. Due to the hard work and perseverance of civil groups like Ovas some facades will be saved.