Gyuri’s Story 1 – The Holocaust 2019-05-15T15:33:13+00:00


Keeping the flame of Judaism
alive against all odds

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The Holocaust

Strength in the Darkness

Gyuris’ mother, Zsofia, could never have imagined Jewish life in Hungary today, where her grandsons, aged seven and nine, attend Jewish education programs at the JCC Budapest.

Zsofia was born in a Nazi work camp in 1944.

Zsofia is one of the lucky ones. At just that time, over 600,000 Jews from Budapest perished in Auschwitz during a few short months. Living in different camps outside of Vienna during the final weeks of World War II, Zsofia and her parents endured threats and beatings but somehow hung on to survive.

They were lucky. This family story of survival and commitment to Judaism is typical of other stories you will hear at the JCC, and exemplifies that which has established the JCC Budapest at Bálint Ház as the hub for Jewish life in Hungary today.

JCC Jewish Life Today

The thousands who visit the JCC Budapest every month each could tell a story like Gyuri’s, each a unique victory of hope over despair.

Still, there are tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest who have not been ready to come out of the shadows to embrace their Jewish roots. Help us welcome them in. Help us help them to be strong, even in difficult times. JCC Budapest is the first open door through which they can view Jewish life without “hiding behind the curtain.”

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