Thursday, June 26, 2008
Budapest Jewish Quarter
The Hungarian Ministry of Interior´s Official Map of the Budapest Ghetto. It housed about 200,000 Jews, of which about 70,000 were liberated by the Red Army in January 1945. About 30,000 survived the war hiding with false papers outside the ghetto, like the family of George Soros. My uncle Joska (my Father´s big brother) was arrested a few days before the liberation and shot by Hungarian Arrow Party criminals into the frozen Danube. He was an escaped MUSZos (forced labor) and was hiding in Budapest. There is commemorative plaque near the bridge and among the names you can see his.
"Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19, King James Version). I am not a Christian, but share St. Paul's wishful hope: May G-d exact tenfold revenge for his innocent blood. To the seventh generation.
I used to live in Almásy Tér 8 third floor. The old tall apartment houses built around a central court are all still there. Average age must be a hundred years. The roofs are blackened by age and dirt. We used to go down with my father to fetch coal from the enormous underground cellars. All the basements are inter-connected soone can walk from one house to the other, from one street to the other, without ever emerging to street level. There is movement to conserve the Jewish quarter´s main synagogues, schools and buildings. There are still Jewish life there.