On Holocaust Remembrance Day: A very quick tour of Nazi headquarters in Budapest.

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.

Roma Project – Untold Stories: Marianna Pongo, the artist in Gusev

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