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Budapest: Synagogues, the Jewish Cemetery, the Holocaust

Posted in Uncategorized by sndybeech on December 31, 2013

Rick Steves says, “With an elegant history cut brutally short by the Holocaust, Pest’s Jewish Quarter is gradually restoring its once-grand sights and embracing its long-dormant heritage.” There are several synagogues in the neighborhood. At the Great Synagogue there is also a Jewish museum and a memorial garden.

The Great Synagogue is the biggest in Europe

The Great Synagogue is the biggest in Europe

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Holocaust memorial garden

Holocaust memorial garden

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the Tree of Life in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park at the Great Synagogue

the Tree of Life in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park at the Great Synagogue

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detail

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The Orthodox Synagogue

The Orthodox Synagogue

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Synagogue at Rumbach Street

Synagogue at Rumbach Street

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Jewish food in the Jewish quarter

Jewish food in the Jewish quarter

The Jewish cemetery was in the outskirts of Budapest, an interesting trip since I’d only been in the older center until then. I took a tram and passed poorer areas than I’d seen, including housing projects and industrial areas. The only beautiful architecture was churches, schools and one gymnasium. The cemetery was at the end of the line.

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Not a grave, common in Central Europe, a memorial to a family murdered in the holocaust

Not a grave, common in Central Europe, a memorial to a family murdered in the holocaust

The cemetery also, of course, had a large holocaust memorial of its own

The cemetery also, of course, had a large holocaust memorial of its own

lists and lists of names

lists and lists of names

The tombs of the rich were along the perimeter

The tombs of the wealthy are around the perimeter

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the interior

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