Wednesday, 25 July 2018

600.000

This the magnificent great synagogue of Budapest. Very impressive building, the second largest synagogue in the world, but rather strange: built by Christians, looking like a church dressed in Moorish garb, with an organ (Liszt and Saint-Saens played on it), an altar at the end, instead of a more traditional bimah, at the center... Budapest Jews have their own form of Judaism, called neologia, the new word in Greek.
As for this blog's title: 600.000 Hungarian Jews were murdered in Budapest, Auschwitz and Birkenau, in 2 months, according to my guide...
More about the synagogue here, and more about local Jewish history here

1 comment:

William Kendall said...

A shocking statistic. A magnificent building.