What happened in Hungary during World War II? They say that reality always surpasses fiction, and on this tour you will be able to prove it. In 1944, the Jewish quarter became the ghetto of Budapest. An essential tour to understand the most recent and tragic past of the city, and its reflection in today's society.
We start our free tour in the Great Synagogue of Budapest, the largest in Europe, to tell you how the Jewish community was established in the city. We will reveal all the secrets of the "Jewish Cathedral", why is it so nicknamed? We will explain...
Before going into the ghetto, we will tell you in detail "The Battle of Budapest" one of the most bloody and unknown of World War II. If it is nicknamed "the 2nd Stalingrad", you can get an idea of its enormous importance.
We will visit the cemetery of the synagogue and see the "Tree of Life" a beautiful tribute to the victims of the deportations in Hungary. You will learn about the impressive history of Raoul Wallemberg, and from there we will walk to the Orthodox Synagogue where we will talk in depth about this Jewish community. Their rituals, costumes, kosher food and many more curiosities.
Then we stop at the Carl Lutz Monument to tell you who are the "righteous among the nations" and what role they had in this city.
And since there is time for everything, we will also talk about urban art, since the Jewish quarter is currently full of murals by international street artists and is the cradle of the Ruin Bars.
We will follow the trail of the "stumbling stones" and reach the third synagogue of our tour, the Status Quo, does its name have something to do with the rock band? We'll let you in on that secret...
And finally we arrive to the private building that hides the wall of the ghetto of Budapest. We will enter with a key, and you will be able to see with your own eyes the last standing testimony of the holocaust in this city. We will talk about Nazism in Hungary, by the Arrow Cross Party.
And finally, around 17:00 we will go to the Ujsinhaz. There we will tell you the chilling story of a woman, Katalyn Karadin, an actress who gave up everything to save lives during the Holocaust.
This is a vibrant, powerful, raw at times, but necessary tour.... who does not know his history, is condemned to repeat it. Don't miss this Free Tour of the Jewish Quarter and WWII.