In 1941 Hungary’s census data shows that there was a population of 725,000 Jews. Two-thirds of them vanished and presumably died. Of the 11,500 registered Jewish people in Debrecen, less than 4000 remained after the war.
“Stories from a family album” is an exhibition created from archive photos and personal stories from Hungarian Jews who lived through the 20th century.
It is about people who live on your street, in your town: they came from families that were bakers and factory workers, teachers and nurses, translators and doctors, administrators and bookkeepers. In other words, they are just like everyone else here in Hungary.
It is filled with stories about childhood, school, love, marriage, building a family, and also about how people survived the Holocaust, how they could start their lives over.
This exhibition is meant to be like a giant photographic family album you can walkthrough. It is filled with stories that will make you laugh, and others are very sad indeed.
The exhibition is open for visitors until the 1st of November at the Debrecen Synagogue.