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11th April, 2019

Homes evacuated as bombs are defused

Several World War II bombs were successfully defused or removed from a large area in central Buda on Wednesday morning after thousands of people evacuated their homes and offices.

Two devices were defused and a 100-kilogram bomb was destroyed on site as it could not be transported.

Local residents were permitted to return to their homes in the afternoon.

A large area round the MOM Park shopping mall, Alkotas utca and Hegyalja ut had to be evacuated after various types of World War II bombs were found during construction at the Koltai Jeno Sports Centre in the 12th District.

District mayor Zoltan Pokorni said 6,500 people had to leave their homes and workplaces. (hvg.hu; atv.hu; inforadio.hu; origo.hu; magyarnemzet.hu; 24.hu)
11th April, 2019

Holocaust Memorial Day next Tuesday

Hungary will formally pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in Hungary next Tuesday, April 16.

Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi will deliver a speech at the central commemoration at the Holocaust Documentation Centre and Memorial Place in Budapest at 2 p.m.

The Centre will be open all day long free of charge.

Parliament passed a resolution in 2000 declaring April 16 to be Holocaust Memorial Day, as the confinement of Hungarian Jews in ghettos began on that date in 1944.

According to the 1941 census, 725,000 Jews lived in Hungary. An estimated two-thirds of them died as a result of forced labour, deportations and genocide.

Jews in the provinces practically died out and of those living in Budapest about 100,000 survived. (magyarnemzet.hu; nepszava.hu)

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