My apartment in Budapest was a block away from The House of Terror, which served as headquarters for the Arrow Cross in 1944, and for the Communist terrors AVO and AVH between 1945 and 1956. During the Arrow Cross reign alone, thousands of innocents were tortured and killed in the building’s basement prison. The museum that stands there today provides … Continue reading On Holocaust Remembrance Day: A very quick tour of Nazi headquarters in Budapest.
In honor of International Romani Day, I’m posting more pics from my Roma reporting trip. These are from the “Numbered Streets” settlement, in Miskolc. (They are also on Instagram). *** *** All posts in the “Roma Reporting Project” were supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Continue reading Roma Project: Numbered Streets
I’ve put these up on Instagram, but figured I’d post them here as well… Just a short slideshow of one of the settlements I visited. I’ll be posting more, settlement by settlement, over the next month, until they’re all up. *** *** All posts in the “Roma Reporting Project” were supported by a grant from … Continue reading Roma Project: Vigtelep
Gusev is the larger of two Roma settlements in the Hungarian city of Nyiregyhaza. I visited the settlement back in October, to report on a school segregation case that had made headlines. As I reported in the New York Times, the court had ruled that the Greek Catholic Church was breaking anti-segregation laws by running a school in the settlement for Roma students, while keeping a much nicer school in the center city for non-Roma students. At the time of my visit, school officials had appealed that ruling, and the school itself was still open. The court ultimately rejected their appeal.
The following is from an interview with Marianna Pongo, an author and artist who grew up in the settlement, and who is raising her own son there, now.
Continue reading Roma Project – Untold Stories: Marianna Pongo, the artist in Gusev
1. On a late afternoon this past October, a dozen or so mothers set out with their children from Keleti, the smaller of two Roma settlements in the city of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. They walked across the four-lane highway that borders the settlement, past the Mercedes Benz dealership on the other side, and down a footpath … Continue reading Roma Project: The Mothers of Keleti
I spent five weeks reporting from the Roma communities in Hungary, on a Pulitzer Traveling Grant. In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be posting several articles and anecdotes both here and on my Medium page. But in the meantime, here are some quick slide shows from just two of the settlements I visited. And if you … Continue reading Roma Project: Maps, Pictures & Sources
I visited the Roma settlement in Gyongyospata just a few days after two major Roma victories: the mayoral election and the court case challenging the local school’s segregation policies. Continue reading Roma Project: Gyongyospata