15TH JEWISH SUMMER FESTIVAL – METROPOLITAN “ERVIN SZABÓ” LIBRARY – ILLUSTRATED BOOKS BY ISRAELI CHILDREN – MANUSCRIPTS AND JEWISH CEREMONIAL ITEMS

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BUDAPEST IS CELEBRATING IT’S 15TH JEWISH SUMMER FESTIVAL

AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER, 4. 2012.

 METROPOLITAN “ERVIN SZABÓ” LIBRARY – BUDAPEST

TWO HIGHLIGHT OF EVENTS:

FIFTEEN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS BY ISRAELI CHILDREN

and

 EXHIBITION SHOWING THE VALUABLE COLLECTION OF FAMOUS JEWISH MANUSCRIPTS AND JEWISH CEREMONIAL ITEMS FROM: ISRAEL, MAROCCO, PERSIA, INDIA…

Due to the Jewish Summer Festival, Budapest becomes the European capital not only for the Hungarian Jewish people living in the country, foreigners temporary staying in Hungary or people just arriving from abroad to enjoy the Jewish culture and art by participating at the amazing choice of performances, like the klezmer urban and pop music, classics and jazz productions, concerts and exhibitions.

Early afternoon of to-day at the Metropolitan “Ervin Szabó” Library, the largest library network in Budapest, Dr. Peter Fodor, Director-General opened two exhibitions organised in  the frame of the Jewish Summer Festival. On the occasion of the opening, the director-general greeted his Excellency, Mr. Ilan Mor, the Ambassador to Hungary from Israel, Mr. István Tarlós, Lord Major of Budapest and all the appeared public together with the media and press parties.

Excellency, Mr. Ilan Mor, the Ambassador to Hungary from Israel said: “The childhood illustrations belongs to our unforgettable memories of our lives. These memories remain within us and we carry them with pleasure from our childhood onwards to our adulthood. In this sence we are all most probably holding them the same way in each corner of  our planet.” He also expressed, it is such a pleasure to hold this exhibition on the occasion of the 15th Jewish Summer Festival in this extremely beautiful land of books and have high hopes young and elder people will enjoy visiting this exhibition by reaching out to get acquainted with the wayback past and near past in the history of Israel.

“Past and Future” …  Is the title of one of the leading  journals of the Hungarian Jews and one of the largest Jewish publishing houses in Hungary and this exhibition has received the same title which is opened from to-day to the public to see during the period of the Summer Jewish Festival. These two exhibitions opening at the same time involves both the past and  future within the cultural and historical significance in the form of manuscripts and religious objects and our aim is to  focus on the illustrations, drawings within the books by israeli children, said by Dr. Peter Fodor, Director-generalalso expressed his thanks for the  superb support coming from Jerusalem, the Israel Museum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel  and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Hungary. As he said:  “happy to be a part in the series of this year’s 15th anniversary of the Jewish Summer Festival, by showing an insight into Israel’s thousand-years-old society and history and hopefully to some extent into its future as well.”

“The Jewish  Summer Festival focus all our senses, brings us closer to the Jewish culture, art,  songs and those traditional rhythm  in Hungary.  Some members of the Hungarian Jewish community’s marked many-many names: Miklós Radnóti, Antal Szerb, Frigyes Karinthy, István Örkény, Dénes Gábor, here  just mentioning a few of  outstanding figures.The Jewish documents and ceremonial relics showed artificial memories of the Jewish past”, these were the opening words of  Mr. István Tarlós, Lord Major of Budapest, and continued by saying:” To-day, if we step inside any of the open synagogues for example, the Óbuda Synagogue, we will see, meet the same objects as seen here.” Also Mr. Tarlós went back a bit in time by saying: “In the 2nd  half of the 19th century, following the Austro-Hungarian Compromise in 1967 when it was absolutely the golden age of the Jewish-Hungarian cohabitation, within the fields of industry, trading, services and the bank system. The Hungarian Jewry has done its share far beyond the population  size of this community. On the territories also inhabited by minorities, like in Transylvania, the Hungarian community has gained majority together with the “Hungarianised” Jewry of  Transylvania.  However, after the Treaty of Trianon this situation has dramatically changed. In public thinking the place of the Jewry living  in reality, has been replaced by phantoms and also prejudices were tailored for these phantoms. This era, with the numerous clauses at the beginnings has come to an end during the Holocaust, with the death of 600 thousand Hungarian Jews. This was not only the tragedy of the Jewry, but also of the Hungarian community at the same time. It  has been (in a way still is) an unacceptable, raw and traumatic experience for the Jewry  and the Hungarians.”  He also continued his thoughts by saying: “After the WW2 the Hungarian democracy was replaced by the great dictatorship “blasting” into Hungary from Moscow. The communist era had placed silence, repressed and trampled in grief each-and-every opinion and any thought which was incompatible with Moscow’s idea or will. Over the 40 years not just the word Jew, but also the Holocaust was considered as a taboo”  However, when  the political  change entered Hungary and the country became a free state, the anti-Semitic ideas and the way of thinking has reared its head again, as if previously there wasn’t at all the Holocaust era. Mr. Tarlós last but not least added the following: “Even though more than two decades have passed since the political change in Hungary. Still no real talk-overs were conducted and there was no elaboration of it up to this date.”

” I believe” said Mr. István Tarlós, ” We are making progress by taking small step-by-step at a time and hopefully these two exhibitions, which have arrived as a gift from the Embassy of the State of Israel in Budapest will take us forward in acquainting and understanding much better the Jewry.”

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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