This week the ESJF’s Legal Research Officer had a successful meeting with Mária Baranya and Tamás Péter from the Association of Jewish Communities in Hungary, MAZSIHISZ-Magyarországi Zsidó Hitközségek Szövetsége, on the status of abandoned Hungarian Jewish cemeteries.
The possibility of fencing burial sites which MAZSIHISZ supported the ESJF to survey under the previous European Commission grant in Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg was discussed. We are looking forward to the opportunity to cooperate again with MAZSIHISZ and to finally protect these Jewish cemeteries that have been left in ruins.
In relation to our new grant, the legal obstacles that the Association encounters when protecting these sites were addressed. Nevertheless, the conversation ended on a positive note regarding the invaluable heritage that these cemeteries carry and the various ways it can be incorporated into education. It was agreed that we must work together to preserve these sites and share their history and legacy with the future generations.