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Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Dohány Street Synagogue, the tree of life and Romkocsma

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Dohány Street Synagogue

Dohány Street Synagogue is considered to be the largest synagogue in Europe by its capacity (3500 places) and the second largest in the world. It is the stronghold of neo-Jewish Judaism in Central Europe.

Dohány Street Synagogue

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Dohány Street Synagogue

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The tree of life

In the park Raoul Wallenberg – cemetery of the great synagogue of Dohány – stands the tree of life, a monument dedicated to the victims of the Shoah. This metal work of Imre Varga was unveiled in 1991. It represents a weeping willow in memory of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews killed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The tree of life was partly financed by the American actor of Hungarian origin Tony Curtis.

the tree of life

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the tree of life

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Romkocsma

This word can be translated into english as “Ruin pubs”. In Budapest, bars are set up inside abandoned buildings. The decor is offbeat, in a rather hippie-trendy atmosphere. The largest and best known of the Romkocsmas is called the “Szimpla Kert”.

Romkocsmas Szimpla Kert

Romkocsma - Ruin pub

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