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At the Last Moment: The Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry



Shalom and welcome to the 31st issue of Teaching the Legacy.

This year marks 70 years since the destruction of Hungarian Jewry. As such, we have dedicated this newsletter to the tragedy of Hungarian Jewry, which literally occurred at the last moment in the Holocaust. In fact, what makes the Holocaust in Hungary unique is that over half a million Hungarian Jews were murdered in such a short time, beginning in the spring of 1944 and continuing throughout the winter.
We have included articles that describe what was lost: two pieces in the newsletter describe Jewish life in Hungary before the war in two different cities – Budapest and Munkács.
Looking back 70 years later, we have featured two interviews with experts who analyze the Holocaust in Hungary in retrospect: Professor Yehuda Bauer and Dr. Chava Baruch. We have also included an interview with a survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary, Mr. Peter Span. For teachers, there is an article about teaching the Holocaust in Hungary using one child's diary. The newsletter includes a book review as well as a movie review on the subject. It also contains an artifact, and a featured story of a Righteous Among the Nations.
As always, the newsletter features new publications and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and across Yad Vashem. We hope you find this issue interesting and resourceful and we look forward to your feedback.