BUDAPEST (Jul. 25)
A Holocaust memorial and records archive modeled on Yad Vashem in Jerusalem will be established here shortly in the unused Old Synagogue on Rumbach Street.
It will be a place of grace and pilgrimage, according to the recently founded Hungarian Holocaust Committee, which initiated the project.
One of its first tasks will be the accumulation of data about all the victims of the Holocaust in Hungary, Jews, Gypsies and other perse-1.’cutees, said historian Katalin Wiesel, one of the founders.
The committee has invited contributions from historians and researchers all over the world. It is in contact with Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the Soros Foundation in New York, an endowment fund established by Hungarian Jewish emitter George Soros.
Wiesel explained that every victim whose background is traced will have a memorial tablet. One copy will go to the family and another will be filed in the archive.
The committee plans to initiate research on such themes as “the influence of the Holocaust on Hungarian spiritual and scientific life.”