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1944-2024: Book Launch and Exhibition to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Hungarian Shoah

book launch

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Hungarian Shoah, our Democracy in History workgroup held a book launch discussing the book Jews in Hungarian Nation-building Before and After the numerus clausus by Viktor Karady and the late István Kemeny, which has recently been published in Hungarian for the first time. The Hungarian-language discussion with CEU Department of History Professor Emeritus Viktor Karady, Erika Szivos (Eötvös Lorand University of Sciences) and Miklos Konrad (Institute of History of Hungarian Academy of Sciences) attracted a large audience. The coordinator of the Democracy in History work group, historian Ágnes Kelemen moderated the event.

Viktor Karady

After the book launch, the exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist András Böröcz’s kinetic sculpture, the Noisemaker was opened. Commissioned and supported by the Polgár Foundation, the work—which is reminiscent of wagons, street organs, cymbals, and wooden toys, rolling on wheels–-aims to keep the memory alive: never forget the horrors of the Holocaust, the Porajmos (Roma Holocaust), and the humiliation of all minorities.


The Wagon was presented by art historian Andras Renyi. Uccu Foundation’s CEO Szilvia Szenasi and writer Gabor Nemeth also spoke, while Marton Kovacs and Adam Moser provided music. The event was hosted by Julia Varadi.

noisemaker music

The Noisemaker is currently on display in our Atrium. Further information on the future programs of the Noisemaker will be available here.

noisemaker opening

The events were organized by: 2B Gallery, Blinken OSA Archivum, CEU Democracy Institute, Freeszfe Foundation, Polgár Foundation.

Photos by Maria Belen Soriano Zamora

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