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Missing Stories

Hungarian Holocaust survivors in New York share their history


On show: April 19-25, 2018 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is required
Consulate General of Hungary | Breuer Hall

Observing the National Remembrance Day of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust, the Hungarian Cultural Center premiers Missing Stories – an exhibition presenting ten, shockingly human stories of struggle and survival in Hungary during the Shoah.

Photographer Ildi Hermann reached out to Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivors living in today’s New York and their descendants. Through their eyes, her exhibition sheds light on the darkest days of our common history and the losses suffered individually, as families, as communities, and as a nation.

Regular hours (registration is required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ):
Thursday, April 19, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 22, 4 – 6 PM
Monday, April 23, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 25, Closing Night

Missing Stories

The Holocaust is a tragedy of multiple nations. Hungary had lost over 500 thousand souls in the Shoah, and many others were forced to escape.
Much is known about what happened; at times it feels like maybe even too much to bear. Too many horrors have already come to light. However, our stories make us what we are. If we miss a part of our story, we will be certainly less.

Missing Stories relates to the basic need: knowing our own story. To preserve their stories about the unspeakable, to learn and record their fates and show the faces behind their recounts, the artist has met with Hungarian-born Jews living in the City to make these personal histories, which are omitted from common knowledge and Holocaust remembrance, readable and visible, picturing the lives of the ten persons through their portrays and narratives printed on paper rolls.

Stories not asked in time cannot be repeated. We need a context surrounding us and backing us from behind, a context within which we can fit, a context, where we belong because it is a part of us.  Only those who have listened to the survivors’ stories can pass on what they heard, as with time only the listeners will remember the faces of Holocaust survivors.

For now, at least, these missing stories aim to fill in the silence and make a part of a fragment whole again.


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