Where many of my father’s sculptures are in the Art Museum…
In 1941 about 3,400 Jews lived in Szombathely, nearly 10% of the population.
Starting in 1942, Jewish men were forced into (Hungarian) labor battalions with very few surviving the extermination (which is what it was – I just visited my 93 year old mother’s cousin in London: they were 600 to enter in 1941 with two of them coming back, my mother and her sister lost their first husbands there).
In May 1944, Jews were concentrated in the local ghetto. A few months later, between July 4 & July 6, 4228 Jews were deported from Szombathely to Auschwitz – about fifty Jews survived the Holocaust. […]
Before taking his vow of fasting during the UN Warsaw Conference on Global Warming: “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now… In Doha, we asked ‘If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’ (borrowed from Philippine student leader Ditto Sarmiento during Martial Law – Ed. AND borrowed from Hillel, the famous rabbi).” Integral Transcription Included [ …]
Anybody who ever came in contact with Fred knows how willing he was to unmask the dark side of the medical field and to fight for the underdog… [from one of his e-mails to me: “In a 1985 documentary film (perhaps you have seen it) “Searching for Mengele,” Professor Yehuda Bauer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem is asked whether it is possible today for there to be produced a Dr. Mengele. Bauer responds, not only is it possible it is inevitable because since Mengele’s days nothing has changed at universities all over the world that teach science and technology but not the evil purposes to which such technologies can be put — such as producing a Holocaust. Not more than ten years after Bauer had made that comment, the genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda, and other places descended upon us.”]
On the Upper East Side: Andre’s Café, 1631 Second Avenue (between 84th & 85th Street) Mon-Sun 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (212) 327 1105
Almás/Turós/Mákós/Cseresznyes Rétes (Apple/Cheese/Poppy Seed/Cherry Strudel), Lecso, Hortobágyi Palacsinta, Rákott Krumpli, Cholet, Tarhonya, Nokedli, Körözött… & The Hungarian Meat Market, 1580 Second Avenue (212) 628 5147 Gesztenye Purée… With an article in the New York Times: On the Upper East Side, Memories Fueled by Strudel.