The earliest records of Jewish presence in Hungary date back to the 3rd century, when Hungary was still a part of the Roman Empire. Written documents form the 11th century point to an increasingly vibrant and populous Jewish presence in Budapest.
Emancipation in 1867 marked the beginning of a period of great success for the Hungarian Jewish community: a community of educated intellectuals, well-trained professionals and merchants, Jews living there regarded Hungary as their homeland and had no problems reconciling between their Hungarian and Jewish heritage. Jews played a key role in the creation and development of Hungarian trade and industry as bankers, economists, scholars, engineers and inventors. Jewish writers, poets, artists, actors and directors have indelibly inscribed their names into the history of Hungarian culture.
World War II, German Nazism and the reign of terror enacted by the Hungarian Arrow-Cross brought unimaginable suffering to Hungarian Jewry. 600,000 of the 900,000-strong Jewish community in Hungary perished in the Holocaust.
- Visit to the Jewish Quarter
- Dohanyi Street Synagogue and cemetery
- “Shoes on the Danube” memorial
- Raoul Wallenberg Street
- Carl Lutz Glass House
- Culinary tour in the 7th District
- Short cruise along the Danube River
- Shabbat dinner