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Visit Gyöngyös – The Capital of Mátra!

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Rolling in the culinary of Mátra –  The Year of Gastronomic Experiences.

On a rainy day headed on the road to the north-east mountainous attractive natural environment that led to the city of Gyöngyös. The city is around 80 kms. from Budapest. It is the second largest city which in the Heves province. The residents of Gyöngyös call their City “Gate to the Mátra” (Mátra is the name collective of the Northern mountains in Hungary).

Gyöngyös is truly a peaceful townscape, a.k.a. the city of grapes and wine. The first cellars already were based in the eighteenth Century these wine cellars could speak the  stories of great revelries would come alive. The memory of the usual entertainments are not forgotten and even today from year to year are held „A Day Visiting – Drinking at Cellars” visits where wine minstrels also entertain the visitors.

The city has more than a handful of attractions to look around, taste the locals wines and visit restaurants, fill their bellies with Á la Palots style of local meals. So definitely worthwhile to stop over, look around before heading to their original destination to the highest mountain in Hungary, the Kékestető.

The notes have shown the history of the city was destroyed repeatedly by fire, but always reborn,  and  luckily from almost every historical era confirm significant and beautiful memories. The inhabitants of the city ruthless flames, as a reminder placed a statue “Red Rooster” in the center on the main street.

Throwing a glance at the city center is a prominent building of the baroque parish church – St. Bartholomew. Inside representing significant value, the treasury of the Renaissance liturgical objects are kept. The valuable monuments include the Franciscan church and monastery, which was founded in the 1370. In the crypt rests the legendary general – War of Independence Rákóczi and János Vak Bottyán. The Franciscan library is the country’s only medieval monastery library monument. Here at Gyöngyös is Hungary’s book creation, copy the code and writing the first workshop, therefore the role of the national cultural history unrivaled. The diploma dated 1475 show the Franciscans already lived in Gyöngyös. The monastery library, which is constantly working and can be found between 14 and 200 thousand volumes piece of incunabula back from the Middle Ages.

At the city’s main square former Market Place for centuries now-a-days four Fountains can be seen. In each  Fountain features the city … the golden Sun, the human faced Moon and the white wolf – decorate the corners of the square. The significant motif of the fourth fountain in the south-east corner is grape referring to the Town of Grapes and Wine. These are also coat of arms motifs of Gyöngyös.

Throughout the course of the history of Jewish-Christian times they have lived peacefully side by side. What’s more, as greater evidence of the Synagogue at Gyöngyös, which is a third of the country’s largest house of worship. The large, distinctive building was built-in 1930 on the basis of Leopold Baumhorn and György Somogyi. In the center of the building is located the large dome. For a long time it has been used as a furniture store, but now going through the period of reconstruction. Upon plans it will serve as Coexistence House and will organize events of the Christian-Jewish dialogue converted into a center. Will be housing also exhibitions and will be a center for cultural programs, and as for to-day heard already it has been completed renderings of the project. At Gyöngyös the Jews decades after the Compromise (1867) settled in a large numbers in 1910, the number exceeded to the population of 2000 that was one-fifth of the population Jewish. From the Gyöngyös ghetto in the summer of 1944, more than 1800 people were driven by the authorities, most were transported to the Auschwitz death camp, a few survivors after the war returned for a short time, and many of them left abroad to Israel or America. The war and the Holocaust abolished their memories in the surroundings. It is planned that the environment Coexistence House is rebuilt, and they try to give back to the building ’30s-edge features. At the Coexistence House, Judaism will be presented in the results of their activities of the past  centuries at Gyöngyös – Hungary. To be introduced the industry installers, architects, cultural patron, pharmacistsGideon Richter who studied in the city. Also lived in the county Lajos Hatvany and Sándor Bródy. Hopefully, can be mention the rooted girls, former citizens of Gyöngyös the Chess champion Polgár Girls.

After the short sightseeing headed to the Kékes… Restaurant where Anita Molnár – Hungarian National Tourist Office – Regional Director of Marketing and Robert Nagy – President of Mátra Beaded TDM, Mayor György Hiesz and Tamás Kévés –Vice-President, Gábor Törőcsik – regional marketing manager welcomed the group. Also each one of the emphasised how worthwhile to stop and look, taste, enjoy the what Gyöngyös is all about, which is kinda skipped by drivers on the Highway to Kékes.

The group was ensured by entertainment during the supper, tasting local wines and enjoying the event of the Mátra gastronomic – Year of Gastronomic Experiences. Excellent food was served by Zoltán Nagy – master chef and Veronika Szabó – kitchener. Krisztián Kovácsik presented the wines – winemaker from Bardos and Son Winery. The background music was by Attila Szőke plays acoustic guitar and Gusztáv Mátra and last but not least an awesome Borostyán Palots Folk Dancers show highlighted the night.

Surely was a fine time even dispite the pouring rain and short stay, but  major attractions were shown and definitely a must stop for all before heading to the Kékes mountain to stop by at Gyöngyös to visit in the future … of course not only for the Hungarians, but to visit Gyöngyös for the tourist, foreigners working staying in Hungary would be a pitty to miss.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Remembering the liberated Auschwitz camp 70 years ago at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest

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 NEVER AGAIN!!! In capital letters … International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

January, 27. 2015. Budapest.

The liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp memorial service was held on the occasion of the 70th anniversary on Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest.

During the event Lieselore Cyrus, Germany Ambassador emphasized, Auschwitz was inhuman of suffers, disenfranchisement, this was absolutely nadir in the history of civilization. The liberation of the former camp fills our soul in mourning and shame and we must never forget of the Jews and other victims  who had been deprived of their rights, their lives, their human dignity. Human dignity is inviolable and the most precious treasure. The German ambassador stressed out that Europe to-day is no place for intolerance, xenophobia and racist ideologies.

Ilan Mor, Israel’s ambassador to Budapest, he said that anti-Semitism has increased over the past few years. Physical security of Jews all around the world in danger. The fight against anti-Semitism is not just a matter of the Jews, but the overall challenge. Added,  that those who value the fundamental human values, freedom, must work together to combat anti-Semitism. The diplomat pointed out that those who deny the Holocaust, Israel is considered illegitimate, and all forms of denying Holocaust is a form of anti-Semitism. European leaders have to assess what they can do against anti-Semitism, and must work together in this fight. The ambassador believes the anniversary is a good occasion to remember the past and commit ourselves in building a better future.

Roman Kowalski Polish ambassador to Budapest sent a message read by Katarzyna Sitko, director of the Polish Institute in Budapest. The diplomat noted the Holocaust is in the Polish nation’s memory. It is an  important part in the Polish history. Even though the past history can not be changed, but it can and must be done by deducting from the lessons and to learn all about what happened  … for this tragedy there is no excuse. The ambassador underlined, have to get all manifestations of hatred, and responsibility is our duty to remember what happened.

György Haraszti – the Holocaust Documentation Center and the Chairman of the Memorial Collection Foundation Board of Trustees has pointed out that to-day’s commemoration is not about our grief, the sorrow, but about our better common future which will be pledge for our survivors who are here after so many terrible horrors. He has high hopes that history taught the lesson and managed to learn something from what happened and they do not repeat it.

After the commemoration concert was given with well-known songs to the ears for the public, as the theme of the Schinlder’s List that was played by Zoltán Mága  – violinist, accompanied by the symphonic orchestra. Maga’s friends also attended the concert, as: Béla Lakatos Szakcsi – pianistMiklós Szenthelyi – violinist,  Zoltán Maga’s  11 years old son played the violin and teenage daughter sung in Hebrew language the Jerusalem of Gold – Yerushalayim shel Zahav, which she learnt in one day for especially this concert with the assistance of  Béla Lakatos Szakcsi – pianist. Following the event, light a candle for the victims took place at the memorial wall.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter