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agogues20 as well as an elaborately illustrated album featuring
Budapest’s Jewish Museum21 have also appeared in the last two
years, and a new popu lar history o f Hungarian Jewry is awaiting
publication. Those interested in the Hungarian Jewish past
could peruse the rep r in t edition o f the one-volume
Magyar Zsido
Lexikon
(Hungarian Jewish Encyclopedia), published originally
in 1929. For historians as well as many survivors, the app ea r­
ance, in Hunga rian translation, o f Randolph L. B raham ’s mon­
umental
Politics o f Genocide: The Holocaust in Hungary
22 was an ­
o the r major publishing event.
In the early 1980s sociologists interested in postwar H ung a r­
ian Jewry con tended tha t Jewish consciousness in Hungary was
devoid o f meaningful historical, religious and cultural content
— it was simply an awareness o f being d iffe ren t.23 T h e literature
surveyed here suggests a d iffe ren t picture; it reveals a commu­
nity stirring ou t o f its long w inter’s sleep — a hopeful, troubled,
tentative community trying hard to come to terms with its past,
staking ou t its place in a much-changed present, and envisaging
for the first time in decades a viable fu ture .
20. Aniko Gazda
et at., Magyarorszagi zsinagogak
(Hungarian Synagogues). Bu­
dapest: Miiszaki Konyvkiado, 1989.
21. Ilona Benoschofsky, Sandor Scheiber, eds.,
A Budapesti Zsido Muzeum
(The
Jewish Museum o f Budapest). Budapest: Corvina, 1989 (also available in
English).
22. Randolph L. Braham,
A Magyar Holocaust
(The Hungarian Holocaust), 2
vols. Budapest: Gondolat, 1988.
23. See Andras Kovacs, “The Jewish Question in Contemporary Hungary.”
In
The Holocaust in Hungary: Forty Years Later, op. cit.,
pp. 205-232.