To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the deportation of 437,000 Hungarian Jews in 1944, it has been announced that a $22 million memorial will be built at a train station in Budapest.
According to JTA, the Jozsefvaros station, which has remained unused since 2005, saw some of the 565,000 Hungarian Jews that died during the Holocaust, many of whom were deported to Auschwitz.
The Hungarian Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Janos Lazar, has stated that the memorial will include an educational center and will be opened next spring.
Speaking to the Hungarian news agency MTI, Balazs Furjes, the government commissioner in charge of the project, said that the center would cover four acres and would include a park and parking lot. The exhibition space will be underground in order to preserve the old station building.
At a meeting of the Hungarian Holocaust 2014 Memorial Committee, Lazar stated that the government intended to set memorials at as many locations as possible throughout Hungary. MTI reported that Child victims of the Holocaust would receive a special commemoration, with a special emphasis on Hungarians who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
On top of this, the Hungarian government has announced it will allocate a little over $6.5 million toward the establishing of a fund for the Hungarian Jewish public; civil organizations and educational institutions will finance local projects that will aid in promoting Holocaust education and remembrance, said Lazar.
In 2012, Hungary announced its intentions to double the pensions paid to Holocaust survivors over the next two years.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life