Hungarian Jewish community mark anniversary of Budapest Ghetto’s liberation

Today marks 76 years of the liberation of the Budapest Ghetto. It was the last ghetto in Europe.

The Hungarian Jewish community has commemorated 76 years since the liberation of the Budapest Ghetto with 76 hours of programming to mark the occasion.

Around 550,000 of Hungary’s 800,000 Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Most of those who survived were in Budapest.

Holocaust survivors’ recollections and thought-provoking conversations were interspersed with music, documentaries, short films and videos of public figures such as artists and celebrities explaining their connection to Judaism.

“The Jewish community holds its candle lighting ceremony each year to commemorate the liberation at the Budapest Ghetto Memorial Wall on Dohány Street, but coronavirus restrictions meant no outdoor ceremony this year. While the pandemic may prevent us from our annual remembrance in-person, we can still be together, watching and listening to a variety of engaging and inspiring programmes online,” said Ferenc Olti, EJP member from Hungary.