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The Great Synagogue

This afternoon Mrs CBL and I explored the Jewish Quarter in Erzsébetváros which has a very interesting history.

At the heart of this area is The Great Synagogue (built in 1859) which is the biggest in Europe and is second in the world only to New York. It seats 3000 worshippers. Over the years much restoration work has taken place with Estée Lauder (born Josephine Esther Mentzer in New York to Hungarian immigrants) donating US$5 million to the fund.

The image I have posted is of the Holocaust Memorial. The 'tree of life' designed by Imre Varga has the family surnames of the hundreds of thousands victims inscribed on the metal leaves. The actor Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz in New York to Hungarian/Slovakian immigrants) bore the costs of the sculpture

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