The story of the Living Memorial civilian group and their public space intervention in Budapest, Hungary.
In 2014 the Hungarian government erected a memorial for the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary in close proximity of the Hungarian Parliament building. The statue attracted widespread criticism locally and internationally for depicting Hungary as an angel and for concealing the Hungarian state’s responsibility in the Holocaust. As a reaction to the controversial memorial, a group of civilians launched the Living Memorial group that organized demonstrations and created a counter-monument in front of the statue.
This lecture will give you an insight into the Living Memorial group’s work and raise broader questions regarding the Holocaust memory in Hungary and East-Central Europe today.
Presented by Eszter Susán, P.hD. candidate in the Education and Jewish studies program at NYU and a Vivian G. Prins fellow at the Museum.