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Interesting but controversial

The reason this memorial is so controversial is because it depicts Hungary as a victim of the... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
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I'm not sure why this is controversial. The memorial seems to honor those who died at the hands of... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the face of it a monument to the de facto German takeover of Hungary in 1944 and those that died after this. During World War II Hungary was closely allied with Germany, especially in the fight against the Soviet Union after Germany’s initial invasion....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Without a guide you may miss the significance of these two memorials juxtaposed to each other. On the one hand current leaders erected the stone memorial essentially saying the Germans did it; on the other hand, survivors and family are saying in their improvised “temporary“...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

The reason this memorial is so controversial is because it depicts Hungary as a victim of the Nazis. In truth, Hungary was complicit in letting the Nazis in and more than cooperative in rounding up the Jews and sending them to concentration camps. I found...More

1  Thank CathyC741
Reviewed 23 August 2018

The critics of this monument depicting Hungary as the Archangel Gabriel being attacked by a German imperial eagle say it absolves the Hungarian state and Hungarians of their active role in sending some 450,000 Jews to their deaths during the occupation. There have been protests...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The original memorial is an attempt to whitewash history. Taken together with the permanent protest around it, it is a powerful reminder of the horrors of the 40s and the continuing dangers today.

1  Thank Joe C
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Given the huge World Cup crowds in the adjacent area, we nearly missed the monument despite knowing pretty well where to look. Glad we didn't miss it. Interesting to note the points of view presented here. Something NOT at all likely to be seen pre-1989....More

Thank Tupelo010835
Reviewed 9 July 2018

It is a heartbreaking combination of a monument that glorifies the Hungarian war history far too much and ignores the gruesome fact that a lot of jews were sent to their death by Hungarian fascists, and a little monument put up by civilians protesting this...More

Thank Miebeth
Reviewed 5 July 2018

I'm not sure why this is controversial. The memorial seems to honor those who died at the hands of the Nazi's. Something we should never forget. There are a number of pictures and names attached to the fence just across the street and a number...More

1  Thank elindoo
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Do not let this monument fool you. It was a dark ugly spot in Hungarian history. I have added pictures of a make shift memorial by the people.

Thank shari w
Reviewed 13 June 2018

We stumbled across this statue, and unlike a lot of the statues in Budapest, this one is rife with history. There are plenty of laminates around with different languages on, and it was really interesting to read what this statue meant to a lot of...More

Thank Ellie W
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District V / Inner City
Discover the Inner City along the banks of the Danube,
with its fashionable shops and iconic buildings. The
Inner-City Parish Church and St. Stephen’s Basilica
stand out as two of the finest examples of
architecture in the area. If you are still hunting for
more historical treats, then the ruins of the medieval
city walls on Kecskeméti Utca are a must-visit while
the Soviet War Memorial is also worthy of attention
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