Memorial Boards of the Soah Victims

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In the following years of the Soah, the most important issues were restarting the religious and community life by the surviving Jewish community members in Hungary. Nevertheless, special emphasis was put on individual and collective grief and remembrance, which were eased by different kinds of memorial events and soon erected monuments. The memorial can be found in the entrance hall of the New Synagogue

The remaining Jewish community in Szeged commemorated its deceased members by erecting 4-meter tall marble boards listing the names of the Soah victims, which were placed on both sides of the entrance hall in the synagogue. (Preserving the name of the deceased person is especially important in Jewish religious tradition since it keeps ones memory and heritage alive. Based on general synagogue practice, deceased community members during the Soah were commemorated by listing their names and the date of death on the walls of the synagogue, consequently on the walls of community houses and schools as well.) The inauguration of these marble boards took place on the same day when the exhumed bodies of 99 forced labourers who died in Randegg, Austria, were reburied in the Jewish cemetery Jof Szeged on 21 September 1947. Representatives of the municipality leadership attended the burial ceremony; moreover, they financially supported the creation of the monument. Victims of Randegg have been remembered ever since. A number of further memorial boards were erected on the columns of the hallway as well as on the inner walls of the synagogue; the enlisted names were carved in connection with later burial ceremonies as well as based on further continuous research. Originally, 1664 names appeared on the boards which number rose by 246 until 1990.