Zita Mara Vadász of the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, will discuss the Budapest ghetto and Jewish District, and the art exhibit 585,000 m2 she co-curated. The flourishing cultural and religious life of Hungarian Jewish communities in Budapest traces back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. With the largest Jewish community in Central and Eastern Europe today, Hungary has undergone a progressive transformation in the last 25 years. The lives and liveliness of the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish Community of Budapest is outstanding. The Quarter that has been the Jewish Quarter of Budapest (or Pest more precisely) since the beginning of the 19th century has had a tempestuous history, but remained the Jewish Quarter no matter what happened. The evolution and the urban development of the district accelerated in the last 15 years which added a new layer to the existing identity of the Quarter.
Faculty: Zita Mara Vadász