A Hungarian museum director visited Yad Vashem last week to get inspiration for
the creation of a Holocaust memorial museum in Budapest.
“It made such an
impact on me,” said Maria Schmidt, who visited Israel on Thursday.
such a great responsibility [creating the Budapest museum], so I am a little bit
The museum will be located at the Jozsefvaros train station in
the Hungarian capital and will open in April. During World War II, the station
was a transit point used to send Jews to Auschwitz.
“It’s a special task,
to show the people what happened at that very train station,” Schmidt
The Hungarian government has allocated some NIS 80 million for the
museum’s creation, as part of a series of projects to commemorate next year the
70th anniversary of the extermination of Jews in Hungary.
known in Hungary for directing the House of Terror museum that recounted the
fascist and communist eras in Hungary.
The museum at the train station
will have a focus on the fates of young people during the Holocaust and will aim
to attract young audiences, she said.
Targeting young people could go a
long way toward tackling anti-Semitism in Europe, Schmidt said.
if you get the attention and the heart of the...students, it will make
an impact on the whole people,” she said.