Fear, loathing and hope on the ‘Train of the Living’

Just 70 years after the events of the Holocaust and a rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, a symbolic train ride from Budapest to Auschwitz renews hope of changing attitudes among enlightened youth.

May 15, 2014 14:03
March in Budapest

NEARLY 10,000 international high-school students participated in the March in Budapest on April 27.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

After marching down Budapest’s main thoroughfare with thousands of Hungarian Jews last month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s mass deportation – and subsequent slaughter – of nearly 600,000 Jews, I was simply happy there were no eruptions of violence along the route.

There was cause for concern.


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