Tony Curtis Memorial to be @ Mátészalka – Hungary – August – 2019.

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Exhibition of memorabilia connected to American actor Tony Curtis will open this year in August @ Mátészalka, Szabolcs county – Hungary.

It is held at the  birthplace of Curtis’s father.

Curtis – born Bernard Schwartz (later changed his name to Anthony Curtis) was born in New York 1925 – 2010. In 1987 Tony Curtis in honor to his father, Manó Schwartz and mother Ilona Klein, who emigrated to New York from Mátészalka in Hungary created a foundation.

(The Memorial lays at the Raul Wallenberg Memorial Park. It is located in the courtyard of the Great Synagogue @ Budapest. The Holocaust Memorial, a.k.a  the Emanuel Tree, which is the statue of a weeping willow tree with the names of Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust inscribed on each leaf. The memorial was sponsored by the Emanuel Foundation of New York.

Barbara Streisand also join in funding the weeping willow tree at the memorial Park, but she couldn’t make it together with Curtis at the time of official opening.

Curtis arrived to Hungary several times and during his stay also visited Mátészalka. Jill-Curtis Weber, Curtis’s widow, donated a collection of 20 items to the local municipal tourist project of Mátészalka. These items will be presented at the renovated building this year in August.

Curtis supported by financing in renovation of Budapest’s Great Synagogue in the early 90’s. He received the Hungarian Republic Order of Merit Officer’s Class in 2009, and at the time being presented his autobiography and paintings at the Budapest’s Book Festival.

Update Aggie Reiter

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