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House of Fates to open in 2019

October 8th, 2018

A libertarian pundit finds it sad that the completion of the House of Fates, originally scheduled for inauguration four years ago, is taking so long. He thinks that more transparency concerning the planned exhibits could help to resolve the debates over the new museum.

The government has announced that the House of Fates museum to educate young generations about the horrors of the Holocaust (see BudaPost October 14, 2014) will finally open in 2019. The exhibition, which is supervised by the EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation has been criticized by left-leaning intellectuals as well as the Association of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities (MAZSIHISZ).

In Heti Világgazdaság, László Seres finds it sad that due to angry disputes, the completion of the House of Fates project has been delayed for years and argues that the government should be given a chance to finally finalise the project. The libertarian columnist whose grandparents were murdered in the Holocaust, believes that it is the duty of the Hungarian state to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were murdered with the help of the Hungarian authorities in 1944. Seres finds the whole dispute over the project rather disappointing. He points out that critics have condemned the project without knowing the details of the planned exhibit and urges the government and EMIH to publish the details. The absence of proper information on the exhibition fuels the highly opinionated debate and clash of raw partisan opinions, Seres warns. He nonetheless hopes that the House of Fates will promote proper Holocaust remembrance and will offer a fair perspective on the Holocaust.

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