The House of Terror Museum in Budapest

Tank at the House of Terror in Budapest

Tank at the House of Terror in Budapest ©Giåm/Flick

Forty six years had to pass until this Neo Renaissance building of the Andrássy street 60 could truly reborn.

It was used by the Nazi and the Soviet forces as well and became one of the most feared places in Budapest.

The authority that protected the communist state at the cost of the suffering and the violent death of thousands of innocent people left the splendid palace on the most beautiful avenue heart of Budapest only in the year 1956.

 

The building during the Nazi and the Soviet periods

This building of the House of Terror Museum in Budapest is a complex symbol. It was the nest of the National Socialist Arrow Cross Party, who tortured hundreds of Jewish fellow countrymen in the winter of 1944 in the basement of this house. The Hungarian communists that came to protect the Soviet tanks also settled down here in 1945. The most loyal followers of Stalin have chosen the abandoned headquarter of the Arrow Cross with conscious cynicism to determine who is considered to be guilty and who must suffer and die – not based on the race as the Nazis did, but based on the class.

House of Terror Museum in Budapest

House of Terror Museum in Budapest ©Iwan Gabovitch/Flick

The authorities of the conductors of suffering operating with different names but the same purpose were forced to leave the building only after the Hungarian revolution and war of independence in the year 1956. By then every block of the House of Terror in Budapest absorbed so much human suffering that it became impossible to give an other function to the building on the to Andrássy street 60.

The foundation of the museum

The museum and exhibition established in the building become this way the most powerful symbol of the Hungarian democracy after the transition. When the House of Terror Museum, transformed in a memorial and a monument, opened its doors in the February of 2002, hundreds of thousands of Hungarians gathered in front of it.

Terror Háza Múzeum in Budapest ©mi/Flick

Terror Háza Múzeum in Budapest ©mi/Flick

The place of healing and rebirth

Although it happened that should never happen, in 2002 was created a shared place of remembrance, an exhibition and community space that is like a fresh air for the wounds of the Hungarian historical memory: the House of Terror Museum in Budapest. After the decades of silence was founded a place, a memento that calls on their names the players of their common history, victims and perpetrators as well. There is no rebirth without speaking out the seemingly unspeakable and naming the seemingly unattainable.

Tank at the House of Terror in Budapest

Tank at the House of Terror in Budapest ©Giåm/Flick

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