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The Old Jewish Quarter Then and Now: The Wounded City

Coming up in Fall 2014.
The final event of the commemorational cycle presents to New York audiences the violence inscribed into the geography of the city of Budapest. The Old Jewish Quarter, the 7th District was transformed, in 1944, into the Budapest ghetto, where inhabitants were subjected to random acts of violence, deportation in the form of death marches and mass murder at the hands of the Arrowcross men in fall 1944. The once thriving district with its landmark buildings was transformed into a zone of exception where genocidal hatred ruled over its abandoned inhabitants.
The exhibition highlight key aspects in the life of the district: the pre-war bustle and social activity, the Holocaust, the decades of silence and the belated renaissance of the area spurred on by both renewed Jewish community activity and the emergence of new areas of leisure and entertainment. The distincts periods are made tangible through a combination of presenting the history of buildings that metonymically reflect the history of the 7th district and through testimonies of the people who have lived there at various times.

The project is being developed in cooperation with FUGA - Budapest Center of Architecture. Please revisit our programs in the summer to find out about details of this exhibition.

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