First Synagogue in 80 years being built in Budapest HungaryBy Mason White 7:33 PM February 2, 2013
|Cornerstone ceremony in Budapest|
With all the bad news for the Jewish community coming out of Europe recently, there is some good news for a change.
The construction of the first synagogue in Budapest in 80 years began this week, as the first stone was laid in a ceremony, the City Council of the Csepel district of the city, said this week.
“There has been no new synagogue built in Budapest for 80 years. Our council has contributed to this project through the provision of land for the construction for free,” it said in a statement.
Construction began on the same date as the world celebrated Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The council said that the construction of the synagogue is expected to be completed in 2014.
The synagogue, is being built to act as a meeting point for religious and cultural events, which is expected to house 120 people at a time.
During the ceremony, the historian Szilard Nemeth said: “Like all other parts of the country, Csepel was affected by the persecution of the Jews, and by World War II. According to our information, 960 people of Jewish descent were deported from Csepel.
Only 60 returned, with some of them still alive today,” he said.
The ceremony was also attended by Cardinal Peter Biboros, Defence Minister Csaba Hende, and Israeli Ambassador Ilan Mor.
During World War II, some 450,000 Hungarian Jews were deported and murdered by the Nazis.