- Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial Collection Public Foundation Holocaust Memorial Center
- Holocaust Dokumentációs Központ és Emlékgyűjtemény Közalapítvány
Founded by the Hungarian government in 2002, the Holocaust Memorial Center (short form: HMC) is the first state-founded national institution in Central Eastern Europe dedicated to the memory and history of the Holocaust. In 2004, the institute moved to a new building complex in Budapest including a restored historic synagogue, and opened a permanent interactive exhibition. Holocaust Memorial Center has three main functions. It is a memorial site dedicated to more than half a million victims and 1441 Jewish communities perished in the Holocaust in Hungary; an educational centre to familiarize the general public–especially the young generations–with the tragedy of the Holocaust, its moral, cultural and economical consequences through the institute’s exhibitions, educational and cultural programs; a historical collection and a library that collects, preserves and processes objects, photos and archival documents pertaining to the Holocaust in Hungary.
Geographical and Cultural Context
Hungary, The Kingdom of Hungary (1944 borders)
Archival and Other Holdings
The archival collection of the HMC is based on the material of the Hungarian Auschwitz Foundation (1990) culled from several Hungarian public collections as well as donated by other institutions, including the Hungarian Federation of Resistance Fighters and Antifascists (MEASZ), the Committee of the Persecuted by the Nazis (NÜB) and several individuals. The most important record groups include: - The Recording the Names database, with more than 250.000 records- A collection pertaining to the labour service system - Private collections (including more than 500 survivor testimonies, diaries and other personal accounts)- A photo collection, with more than 1500 items - A documentation pertaining to the Righteous among the Nations and other rescuers in Hungary (about 800 folders)
Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication
No available on-line finding aids or guides at the moment
The collections of the Holocaust Memorial Center is open to researchers from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9am to 3pm upon previous registration: http://www.hdke.hu/en/research/collection
We recommend you use public transport to reach the Holocaust Memorial Center as nearby parking space is limited. We suggest taking Metro Line no. 2. or Trams no. 4 or 6 to Corvin negyed. From there, the institute is about 200 metre walk. Parking facilities are available at the Liliom Street or at the nearby Corvin shopping mall.