What happens when we forget to remember?

Hakoah Vienna

The Vienna Project – 38 Sites of Holocaust Remembrance

Hakoah Vereinslokal/Hakoah Club – until 1938 a prosperous Jewish sports club
From www.theviennaproject.org: “Many sports and gymnastics organizations had, towards the end of the 19th century, introduced so-called “Aryan paragraph” regulations. In response, the Jewish sports club “Hakoah” was founded in 1909. Hakoah (the word means “strength” in Hebrew) won many titles, prizes, championships and medals. In 1938 Hokoah was broken up by the Nazis, its sports facilities and locations confiscated. Many Hakoans were able to save themselves by fleeing to foreign countries, nevertheless at least 37 of the athletes were among those murdered.”

Hakoah
Wiesingerstraße 11
1010 Wien

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Vienna 2016

Miklós Radnóti

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Statue of Miklós Radnóti by Imre Varga (2009) in Nagymező Street, Budapest District VI

Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944) was a Hungarian poet who was murdered in the Holocaust. His poetry mingles avant-garde and expressionist themes with a new classical style, a good example being his eclogues. His romantic love poetry is notable as well. Radnóti was born in Budapest into an assimilated Jewish family. Radnóti converted to Catholicism in 1943. Numerous Jewish writers converted to Christianity at that time due to the antisemitism that was pervasive in Hungarian society at the time. In the early forties Radnóti was conscripted by the Hungarian Army, but being a Jew he was assigned to an unarmed “labour battalion”. The battalion was force-marched to central Hungary in August 1944. On the march most of the 3,200 Hungarian Jews were murdered or died due to exhaustion, including Radnóti.

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Budapest 2014