Jewish Heritage Europe

Recycled Memories – The Disappeared Jewry of Sárbogárd

October 4, 2018 @ 17:30 – 20:30
Budapest Israel Culture Institute
Paulay Ede u. 1
1061 Hungary


How can our memories be manifested in the physical world? What can an abandoned synagogue tell us about remembrance? What about a theatre, library or swimming pool that was once a synagogue – what do we think of “recycling” places of memory?

The exhibition “Photos and Memories from the Past of the Disappeared Jewish Community of Sárbogárd” will take place in the Israeli Cultural Institute. In connection with the exhibition, we will also hold a panel discussion and use playback theatre to bring our memories back to life.

The programme of the opening event:

17:30 – 17:45: Opening: Norbert Lakk, historian, the creator of the exhibition
Anikó Félix, Programme Manager for Jewish life and Antisemitism at Tom Lantos Institute, Tamás Büchler, Programme Director the Israeli Cultural Institute

17:45 – 18:45: Reconsidered Memories: roundtable discussion about the Jewry of the countryside, with specific focus on the Jewry of Sárbogárd, politics of memory and abandoned synagogues.
Bernadette Alpern, photographer, founder of the Used Stones project

Anna Bernadett Alpern, photographer
József Mélyi, art historian
Zsuzsanna Toronyi, Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives

18:45 – 19:00: Break

19:00 – 20:30: Playback – Stories of Coexistence. Playback theatre: Pepita Playback Theatre Company and Friends

After the playback theatre, we will invite all of you for an informal discussion.

The event will be mainly in Hungarian, but  translation will be provided if requested.