Local Opinion: Historian Defends House Of Fates

  • 11 Oct 2018 6:56 AM
  • BudaPost
Local Opinion: Historian Defends House Of Fates
A historian who helped devise the House of Fates project four years ago writes that the controversy around the exhibition, which will be devoted to the memory of Holocaust child victims, is an expression of emotions rather than facts.

On 24.hu, András Gerő, a professor of History at Central European University and director of the government-sponsored Habsburg History Institute, argues that the House of Fates project will boost resilience to anti-Semitism and spread knowledge about the Holocaust, therefore the fierce opposition organized against it by intellectuals at home and abroad is irrational and counter-productive.

The Museum should have been inaugurated four years ago, to commemorate the 70thanniversary of the Hungarian Holocaust, and Gerő criticizes the government for freezing the project in response to international pressure. ‘I have rarely seen such inconsistency on the part of a government’, he writes.

Gerő explains that the planned exhibition will be mainly targeted at the younger generations and is intended to explain to them in a way they can understand the fate of the tens of thousands of innocent children murdered in 1944.

After the visit they can research all aspects of the Holocaust and its antecedents in the adjacent documentation centre. The House of Fates complex will also include an educational centre where students will attend classes and where teachers will be offered specialized training on Holocaust subjects.

Gerő hopes that this time the project will not be suspended. The editors of the left-wing site invite readers to contribute to the debate.

This opinion does not necessarily represent the views of XpatLoop.com or the publisher. Your opinions are welcome too - for editorial review before possible publication online Click here to Share Your Story 

Related links

Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Museum To Open Next Year

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

BudaPost

Launched in May 2011 to provide a balanced picture of matters covered in Hungary’s national press. Their aim is to make it easier for English-speakers to understand where this country is now and where it’s heading according to the full spectrum of media opinions.

Explore More Reports

  • No More Gender Masters In Hungary

    No More Gender Masters In Hungary

    • 17 Oct 2018 8:56 AM

    A government decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has banned gender studies master degrees in Hungary, according to the Monday issue of official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

  • Local Opinion: Tension Between Hungary & Ukraine

    Local Opinion: Tension Between Hungary & Ukraine

    • 16 Oct 2018 7:18 AM

    Pro-government sites claim that extreme right-wing Ukrainian organisations which publish the addresses of ethnic Hungarians denouncing them as traitors are being supported by the government in Kiev.

  • Local Opinion: Wake Up Call To Europe

    Local Opinion: Wake Up Call To Europe

    • 12 Oct 2018 7:16 AM

    A pro-government historian believes that leading West European politicians would like to go back to the times when Eastern Europe was a second-rate region. She invites them instead to meet the new challenges of the modern era.