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Museum, Library To Be Established On Site Of Former Internment Camp In Kistarcsa

The Hungarian government is allocating 500 million forints for building a museum and library on the site of a former internment camp in Kistarcsa, near Budapest, a ministry of human resources official said on Tuesday.

The memorial site, to be completed by autumn 2018, is being built as part of the Gulag memorial year, said deputy state secretary Bence Rétvári.  The site of a defunct factory in the centre of town was used as an internment camp from the late 1930s to 1960.

During the Second World War, Adolf Eichmann organised the detention and transport of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz from the camp. After the downfall of the 1956 revolution, several thousand political prisoners were kept there in inhumane conditions, Rétvari noted.

Bence Rétvári called upon citizens to share memories and offer objects connected to the camp to the museum.  Two weeks ago in Budapest, a memorial walk was held to mark the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism (23th of August).

via MTI; photo: Wikipedia