This week, the ESJF’s Chief Executive Officer, Philip Carmel and Legal Research Officer, Agnes Kende, were invited to a formal meeting in Budapest with the leaders of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Community (MAZSIHISZ-Magyarországi Zsidó Hitközségek Szövetsége). At the meeting they discussed the details of their mutual collaboration regarding the upcoming fencing projects in Eastern Hungary as part of funding from the Auswärtiges Amt.
Mr. Philip Carmel shared his desire for a long term commitment for not only fencing as many abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Hungary as possible but also completing ESJF’s previous project on surveying all the cemeteries in Hungary by using their cutting-edge drone technology. The idea for a mutual collaboration on such an important project as the preservation and protection of Hungarian Jewish cemeteries were welcomed by the President of the Federation, Mr. András Heisler and by the director of the Federation Dr. Péter Kunos.
The formal meeting was also attended by the devoted members of the Federation who have been busy working for many years in order to protect the neglected Jewish cemeteries in the country, Mária Baranya, Tamás Péter and Miksa Winkler. With all the shared goals and passion for preserving these valuable cultural heritage sites we hope the project can commence soon.