As the present regulations in Hungary allow gathering of maximum ten people, the traditional commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest had to combine online and offline contents. The event was streamed on the Facebook page and YouTube channel of the institution, with the online content available on the special landing page of the Center’s website.
At a prominent place on the landing page a virtual candle of remembrance had been placed; in the days before the event commemorators could send in the names of victims that were subsequently, in shifts of ten seconds, displayed under the candle. The landing page will stay displayed for two weeks.
The actual commemoration in the synagogue of the Memorial Center started with lighting the candles of remembrance by members of the Board of the Center and representatives of the local Jewish community. The welcoming address by the chairman of the Board was followed by video messages by minister Gergely Gulyás, Head of Prime Minister’s Office and H.E. Yacov Hades-Handelsman, ambassador of State Israel to Hungary. The message of the Secretary-general of the OUN was also streamed.
The Kállai String Quartet played Mozart, Bloch and Mendelssohn in the musical part of the program.
The virtual opening of the temporary exhibition “Tzores and Mazel Tov at Páva Street – a story of a synagogue and its community” was one of the key parts of the commemoration. The exhibition deals with the history of the local Jewish community, describing also the destiny of its members during the Holocaust.
In line with the tradition, at the end of the commemoration Kaddish was prayed in front of the Wall of Victims.
Photo caption: "Cantor Miklos Budai" in front of the Wall of Victims" c- Zoltan Toth-Heinemann