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  • Photo gallery: Beautiful but desolate Kerepesi Jewish cemetery, Budapest

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    4 days ago

     

    In Budapest earlier this month, I visited the Jewish cemetery on Salgotarjan street, which was founded in 1874 and is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Pest side of Budapest. It is actually the Jewish section of the city’s Kerepesi monumental cemetery, where national heroes...

  • Budapest synagogue site of interfaith rally supporting Israel

    July 28, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Thousands filled Budapest’s Great Synagogue and the street in front of it in an interfaith rally in support of Israel.

    Sunday’s rally was organized by the Hungarian Jewish federation Mazsihisz and the Christian Faith Church and held in the downtown synagogue.

    A...

  • Work completed overnight on Hungarian WWII monument

    July 21, 2014 | 11:54 am

    A controversial Nazi occupation monument was erected in downtown Budapest in the middle of the night after an appeals court rejected a petition to halt its construction.

    Workers completed the main components of the memorial in Freedom Square after midnight Sunday following the...

  • In Budapest, young Jews angling for slice of communal pie

    July 1, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Peering through dusty apartment widows isn’t an uncommon pastime in this capital city’s crime-infested 8th District, with its many drug addicts and alcoholics seeking for a fix.

    But Adam Schoenberger wasn’t scouting for a place to rob on his peeping tour of the district earlier...

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  • Tens of thousands participate in Budapest Holocaust memorial march

    April 28, 2014 | 8:19 am

    Tens of thousands of Jews and Jewish supporters participated in the 12th March of the Living Hungary in Budapest.

    Sunday’s event, considered the largest civil anti-fascist event in Hungary, was held on the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation of Jews from Hungary by the...

  • Yad Vashem rejects Hungarian memorial initiative

    March 25, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Yad Vashem has decided not to participate in a project to build a Nazi occupation museum in Hungary.

    The House of Fates project invited representatives of the Jerusalem-based Holocaust museum and memorial to attend an international meeting of experts to discuss the memorial...

  • On Emil Jacoby’s 90th birthday, a tribute to a life well lived

    November 26, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    In late March 1945, a young Czech Jew hiding in Budapest organized a Passover service for escapees from the Nazis and for those working in the rescue efforts. Most of the people who gathered that day had worked and lived together in hiding. When a stranger appeared, the young Czech...

  • ‘Fiddler’ makes the world richer

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 3, 2013 | 4:42 pm

    On a visit to Budapest earlier this year, my wife and I asked the concierge at our hotel for a restaurant where we could find authentic Hungarian fare.  As we took our seats in the bustling little place he recommended, I was encouraged to see a house band tucked away in the corner,...

  • Budapest to receive $22 million Holocaust memorial center

    September 13, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Budapest will erect a $22 million memorial at a train station from which many Hungarian Jews were deported during the Holocaust.

    Janos Lazar, the Hungarian prime minister’s chief of staff, said the memorial will feature an educational center and will be opened by spring next year...

  • Irene Rosenberg

    By Jane Ulman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    “Mommy, I’ll be right back.” Irene Rosenberg — then Irene Grunfeld — said as she was leaving the apartment of her cousin Mancy Weiss, where she and her mother were staying temporarily. It was a Friday afternoon in May 1944, and Irene, who was almost 22, was stepping out to shop for...

  • Yom HaShoah: An eternal nation, bound together by our faith

    April 8, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A few months after my bar mitzvah, my father disappeared.

    We didn’t know what had happened to him.

    In our apartment in Budapest, there was a couch under the window and I would stand on it day after day looking into the street, watching, waiting for my father to appear.

    In a...

  • On its 10th anniversary, Lauder Business School looking West for new students

    February 26, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    With more than 250 students living, studying or partying on its campus, quiet moments are rare at the Lauder Business School. But when a lull does occur, it reminds managing director Alex Zirkler of this Jewish university’s opening 10 years ago, when it had only seven students, 15...

  • ‘Rescue during the Holocaust’: Honoring courage to resist

    January 23, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    You would not suspect anything out of the ordinary was happening  as the silver-haired interviewee describes his day at the office. But Per Anger and his colleagues in Budapest, Hungary, were on a mission. His self-effacing modesty veils the significance of his role in attempting...

  • Hungarian airline opens low-cost Budapest-Tel Aviv line

    December 17, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    The Hungarian airline Wizz Air started operating low-cost regular flights from Budapest to Tel Aviv.

    The maiden flight took off on Dec. 6 from Budapest with 175 passengers, Wizz Air said in a statement. Fares are available from $70 and can be booked online.

    The first flight...

  • Israeli flag burned in front of Budapest synagogue

    October 24, 2012 | 9:28 am

    An Israeli flag was burned in front of a Budapest synagogue reportedly by members of Jobbik, an ultrarightist Hungarian political party.

    Tuesday's incident took place at the Dohany Street Synagogue, in the downtown central part of the Hungarian capital. Jobbik members reportedly...

  • Hungarian radio station praises attack on Jewish leader

    October 8, 2012 | 9:41 am

    A Hungarian nationalist online radio station called the recent assault on a Jewish community leader in Budapest a “response to general Jewish terrorism.”

    “Predictably and unfortunately, the good attackers were captured very quickly,” the news edition of Szent Korona Radio, or...

  • Hungary, Claims Conference exchange harsh words over Holocaust money

    August 29, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The Claims Conference accused Hungary’s government of “depriving” Holocaust survivors through “disgraceful” and “deceitful tactics.”

    The allegations came after Budapest demanded on Monday that the Claims Conference, an organization representing world Jewry in...

  • Israeli soccer team under ‘severe threat’ in Hungary, coach says

    August 16, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    The Israeli national soccer team was warned of a “severe threat” to their safety in Budapest where they played a friendly match against Hungary on Wednesday, Israel’s coach said.

    After returning to Tel Aviv on Thursday, coach Eli Guttman said the Israeli delegation had been warned...

  • Munich 11 remembered at Budapest exhibit opening

    August 14, 2012 | 10:41 am

    One minute of silence was observed in memory of the Munich 11 during the opening of an exhibit at the Hungarian Jewish Museum in Budapest.

    The tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics in 1972 came spontaneously at the request of an...

  • Wiesenthal Center’s most wanted Nazi located in Budapest by tabloid

    July 17, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    A fugitive Nazi war criminal who helped send 15,700 Jews to their deaths was tracked down in Budapest by a British tabloid newspaper.

    The Sun newspaper on July 15 reported that it had found Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97, with the help of information supplied by the Simon Wiesenthal...

  • Police question Budapest rabbi over misuse of information

    June 27, 2012 | 10:20 am

    A whistle-blowing Budapest rabbi was questioned by police for what has been described as the misuse of sensitive private information stemming from a personal conflict within the Jewish community.

    Rabbi Zoltan Radnoti was interrogated June 22 at a local police station, fingerprinted...

  • Budapest Holocaust memorial defaced

    May 25, 2012 | 10:41 am

    A Holocaust Memorial on the banks of the Danube in Budapest was defaced just days after unknown vandals hung pigs’ feet on a statue of Raoul Wallenberg.

    Hungarian media on Friday published a photo of the monument with spray-painted stars of David and the phrases “This is not...

  • Young families bringing new life to Budapest synagogues

    May 2, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Linda Ban is a rebbetzin, but with a mass of curly hair and chunky rings on the fingers of both hands, she hardly fits the stereotype of a Central European rabbi’s wife.

    A mother of two in her mid-30s, Ban is married to Tamas Vero, the 38-year-old spiritual leader of Budapest’s...

  • Matzo Apple Cake in Budapest—Rachel Raj’s Recipe

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 16, 2012 | 6:45 am

    I’ve been meaning to link to this piece I did for The Forward’s The Jew & the Carrot blog, about the Budapest Jewish chef and pastry cook Rachel Raj. (I had written about her in the past, in an article about the Budapest Jewish food scene in general.)

    It was a delight to...

  • Pesach dilemmas in Budapest

    April 11, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Budapest may be the only capital in Europe where a member of Parliament could raise the blood libel accusation against Jews and essentially get away with it.

    The blood libel accuses Jews of murdering Christian children to use their blood to make matzah or carry out other rituals.

    ...
  • Liselotte Hanock

    By Jane Ulman

    February 15, 2012 | 6:05 pm

    Liselotte Hanock — née Ortner — was sent by her grandmother to buy food on a cold, rainy November afternoon in 1944. She was wearing only a light raincoat when she left her yellow-star apartment in Budapest — a de facto ghetto, where she lived with her paternal grandparents and two...

  • Budapest Jewish cemetery being probed for corruption

    December 6, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Police are investigating allegations of corruption relating to fees charged for interment and other funerary arrangements at Budapest’s main Jewish cemetery.

    Witnesses said police late last week conducted a search of the Jewish community’s downtown offices, including the office...

  • Accused Nazi killer charged in Budapest

    February 14, 2011 | 10:34 am

    A former Hungarian military officer was charged with war crimes during World War II by prosecutors in Budapest.

    Sandor Kepiro, 96, was charged Monday for involvement in the murder of some 1,200 Jews, Serbs and Gypsies during a raid by the wartime Hungarian Gendarmerie at Novi Sad in...

  • Budapest court tosses Zuroff libel case

    December 16, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    A Budapest court tossed a libel case against Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff when the 97-year-old plaintiff, Sandor Kepiro, did not appear for the final court date.

    The Central District Court in the Pest district dismissed the case Thursday, having warned Kepiro and his attorney on the...

  • Savoring ‘goulash Judaism’ in the Hungarian capital

    September 16, 2010 | 11:55 am

    I always try to spend at least part of the High Holidays in Budapest, so I can sample some of the spicy mixture that characterizes the Jewish experience in the Hungarian capital.

    As many as 90,000 Jews live in Budapest, the largest Jewish population in any central European city. The...

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