JNF Back in Budapest After 51 Years

The Jewish National Fund has returned to Budapest, following a hiatus of some 50 years.

JNF, which first opened an office in the Hungarian capital 80 years ago, came back to the city on the Danube on Feb. 13. Although it has not yet been recognized as an official organization, JNF will function within the framework of the Jewish Cultural Association of Hungary.

At a preliminary meeting, it was decided that JNF will apply for official status after the nationwide elections March 25, the first free elections since the Communists took control of Hungary after the war.

JNF was active in Hungary from its inception there in 1910 through the early 1940s, when Hungary joined the Nazi Axis. Following the war, the occupying Soviet forces declared all Zionist organizations illegal.

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