Memorial plaque remembers victims of the Maros Street massacre

Hungarian version of the article: Emléktáblát helyeztek el a Maros utcai vérengzés áldozatainak emlékére

January 13, 2021 at 5:00 PM

A memorial plaque has been unveiled in the courtyard of the former Jewish hospital, to commemorate the victims of the massacre carried out by members of the Arrow Cross Party on 12 January 1945. Forty men and forty-four women lost their lives, including patients, doctors and nurses.

The names of 88 people, patients, doctors and nurses can be read on the memorial plaque unveiled in memory of those that lost their lives on 12 January 1945 – reports hegyvidek.hu. The plaque was placed in the courtyard of the Maros Street Clinic, the former Jewish Hospital.

“When hatred is embodied, human dignity comes to an end. The 20–22-men strong group of Arrow Cross members and common criminals embodied such hatred, when they massacred 84 people in the Jewish Hospital on Maros Street on 12 January 1945” – said Gergely Földváry, professional advisor of the Hegyvidék Local History Collection, speaking at the ceremony.

The names of the victims listed in four columns on the plaque (Photo: hegyvidek.hu)

The historian reminded those present that 40 men and 44 women were killed in the courtyard of the former Buda Chevra Kadisha Jewish hospital, nurses, doctors and patients alike. Five nurses were dragged to the Arrow Cross safe house at 5 Németvölgyi Road, where four were shot the next day. Only one nurse survived by pretending to be dead.

Two days after the massacre in Maros Street, the Arrow Cross members continued their mindless killing spree. On 14 January 1945, they entered the Dániel Bíró Hospital at 64–66 Városmajor Street and murdered 150 people. A few days later, on 19 January, the 94 defenceless elderly residents of the Jewish home for the elderly at 2 Alma Street were herded into Városmajor Park and killed.

Gergely Földváry, speaking at the ceremony

The historian reminded those present that 40 men and 44 women were killed in the courtyard of the former Buda Chevra Kadisha Jewish hospital, nurses, doctors and patients alike. Five nurses were dragged to the Arrow Cross safe house at 5 Németvölgyi Road, where four were shot the next day. Only one nurse survived by pretending to be dead.

Two days after the massacre in Maros Street, the Arrow Cross members continued their mindless killing spree. On 14 January 1945, they entered the Dániel Bíró Hospital at 64–66 Városmajor Street and murdered 150 people. A few days later, on 19 January, the 94 defenceless elderly residents of the Jewish home for the elderly at 2 Alma Street were herded into Városmajor Park and killed.

The former building of Budai Chevra Kadisha Jewish hospital at 16/b Maros Street (Forrás: hegyvidek.hu)

“The terrible suffering they faced should not have happened. We must do everything in our power to ensure that these events are never repeated. The path of peace is to reject hatred and national, ethnic and religious discrimination,” said Gergely Földváry, adding: “Not only the Jewish community has to remember the victims, but every member of the Hungarian nation. They were not only Jewish, but our compatriots, and above all, human beings.”

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Mayor Zoltán Pokorni of the 12th District and Mayor Márta Váradiné Naszályi of the 1st District attended the inauguration of the memorial plaque (Photo: hegyvidek.hu)

The plaque to honour the victims of the Maros Street massacre was erected jointly by the local councils of the 1st and 12th District.

Source: hegyvidek.hu | Abridged in translation

Cover photo: Memorial plaque unveiled in memory of the victims of the massacre on Maros Street (Photo: 1st District Local Council)


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