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Indeed, commentators opined in 1911 that Hungary had "absorbed" their Jews and "it has come to pass that there is no anti-Semitism in Budapest, although the Hebrew element is proportionately much larger (21% as compared to 9%) than it is in Vienna, the Mecca of the Jew-baiter" At that time Karl Lueger, mayor of Vienna referred to the capital as ...
Close to 80-90,000 Jews stayed in Budapest after the war and another 20-25,000 Jews left the city in 1956. By 1967, about 60-70,000 Jews lived in Budapest. Today, the figure is 80,000 and Budapest has the largest Jewish population in Eastern Europe. Young Jews, however, have not been active in communal life.
The Jewish district is the smallest in Budapest, yet it currently has the highest population density. This combination leads to an electric atmosphere – day and night – as the streets fill with a mix of happy locals and curious tourists. Meeting people here is easy – just poke your head into anywhere that looks friendly and start talking. 2.
— Jewry in Hungary), there are between 80 and 200 thousand Jews living in Hungary, the vast majority of them in Budapest. The main reason why they are concentrated in Budapest is that the Jewry of the Hungarian countryside was very effectively exterminated in 1944.
The Hungarian Jewish community, estimated at between 75,000 and 100,000, is the largest in East Central Europe. Most Hungarian Jews live in the capital, Budapest, which has some 20 working synagogues and a plethora of other Jewish institutions, both religious and cultural. There are also a number of smaller Jewish communities in provincial cities, including Debrecen, Miskolc and Szeged, with an active religious and cultural life.
In the courtyard of the synagogue, there are mass graves of thousands of Jews from the ghettos in Budapest. A memorial, a weeping willow tree made of granite and steel commemorates all the Hungarian victims of the Holocaust. During the Communist period, many windows were broken and the Jews boarded up the synagogue.
Hungarian Jewry is highly variegated, and it is very difficult to accurately estimate its size. We usually talk about around a hundred thousand people. It is certain, however, that in Central Europe, Hungary has the largest Jewish community and perhaps the second-third largest in Europe.
“There is a rumor in America that there are two intelligent races on Earth: Humans and Hungarians” — Isaac Asimov “T he Martians of Budapest”, sometimes simply “The Martians” is a ...