(Sir Europe – Bratislava) – Plans are under way for a museum on Jewish-Christian coexistence to be set up in the synagogue of Gyongyos in the eastern part of Hungary. According to its initiator, member of parliament Jozsef Balazs, a document of intent was signed by the leader of the Jewish working group of the Christian Democrats’ Barankovics Foundation, Peter Weisz; the leader of the Liberal Party Gabor Fodor, who was born in Gyongyos; and local deputy mayor Gyorgy Hiesz. As the website informs, the project’s financing will be made available from Church and cultural foundations, and support from the Hungarian and Israeli states. The project should tie in with the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Holocaust due to be commemorated in 2014. More than 1,800 people were put in the Gyongyos ghetto in April 1944 and the whole community was deported to death camps. According to Balazs, Gyongyos has one of the richest Jewish cultural heritages in the country, but the condition of the synagogue and cemetery, built in 1929-31, gives cause for concern. The museum, designed by Lipot Baumhorn, will be housed in the synagogue.

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