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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared$
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François Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764715

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.001.0001

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‘Nicht vor dem Kind!’

‘Nicht vor dem Kind!’

Testimonies on the Yellow-Star Houses of Budapest

(p.455) ‘Nicht vor dem Kind!’
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31

Gwen Jones

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the establishment of Budapest's 'yellow-star houses' in 1944. The yellow-star houses were residential buildings, distributed across the capital, into which Budapest's Jews were concentrated in preparation for their deportation. The chapter then examines how the Open Society Archives (OSA) launched a Hungarian-language interactive website and a bilingual Facebook page dedicated to the history of these yellow-star houses and the reception of this history. It presents the corpus of testimonies received by OSA as a unique collection of oral histories that sheds light not only on what life was like in a yellow-star house but also on how the Holocaust was generally not spoken about from the late 1940s until the mid-1980s, either in public or in private. The chapter focuses on the authors' experiences and their narrativization of the silence that reigned in the vast majority of survivor families who stayed in Hungary after the war, and argues that the collection of these testimonies, however remarkable, only goes part of the way towards a more honest discussion of the twentieth-century past in contemporary Hungary.

Keywords:   Budapest, yellow-star houses, Budapest Jews, Open Society Archives, oral histories, Holocaust, Hungary, Holocaust survivor families

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