Pre-Holocaust Communal Record Waiting to be Saved in Hungary #hungary #records


A lot people around the world got excited about 7 pre-Holocaust record books being saved from an auction, but there are communal books within Hungary that are literally disintegrating due to neglect, which is the case at the Gyor Synagogue and there are probably similar holdings elsewhere. When I was last in Gyor, 8 years ago, I found a few dozen books in a cupboard crying out to be saved. I photographed as many pages as I could during the couple hours I spent there, but even then, some of the pages were crumbling. This doesn’t require crowd funding or negotiations with auctioneers, just the willingness of a local organisation with the right equipment to photograph them.

Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia