Hegedűs Gyula Street 20/b Commemoration - Gabriella Csoszó - Yellow-Star Houses of Budapest, 1944-2014
At Hegedűs Gyula Street 20/b (13th district), the Krétakör (Chalk Circle) theater ensemble organized a chamber choir performance in the stairwell, and the planting of a linden tree in the garden, with a memorial plaque.
Title: Hegedűs Gyula Street 20/b Commemoration
Description: At Hegedűs Gyula Street 20/b (13th district), the Krétakör (Chalk Circle) theater ensemble organized a chamber choir performance in the stairwell, and the planting of a linden tree in the garden, with a memorial plaque.
Creator: Gabriella Csoszó
Location: Hegedűs Gyula Street 20/b
Story: Gábor Fandagabo, January 30, 2014, on the yellow-star house opposite at Hegedűs Gyula Street 15 in the 13th district:
"This is the house where my grandfather lived from the 1920s with his four sons and three daughters (my grandmother died young, at that time, diabetes could not be treated…). Of the four boys, two returned from forced labor (and a few years as Soviet prisoners of war), the two youngest ones did not survive. My mother and family were taken from here to the ghetto at the end of 1944, or maybe early 1945. The story: after “our homeland lost its independence," masses of the “misfortunate coerced Arrow Cross” (a bitter irony) took the Jews from the yellow-star houses (too) to the Danube banks… Terrified, my mother and family obediently took their place in the line, but a cousin of theirs who also lived here “commanded them,” and they managed to step out of the line while still in the stairwell. All four of them survived the Holocaust! Since then, they have died, and it’s possible that I don’t remember correctly what they told me when I was a child. In any case my mother didn’t like to talk about this, and it was only mentioned very rarely… One more interesting thing: an “Aunt Herzl” also lived in this house, was she Theodor Herzl’s mother? Or sister? Or cousin? I don’t remember precisely. In the 1950s, she was already very old."