BUDAPEST: Hate To Be A Pest – They Were Nazi Collaborators

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I was quite unhappy to find out how thoroughly the Hungarians collaborated with the Nazis, as well as the fact that they played a part in one tenth of the deaths in the Holocaust. The people from Hungary who survived the Holocaust returned to find their homes looted, and even the bricks removed from their walls. In Denmark their neighbors watered the plants and fed their cats, and that was after making sure they made it safely over to neutral Sweden. Quite a difference.

The Hungarian Jews were systematically deprived of their rights, property, freedom, dignity, and in many cases their lives. Never during the Holocaust was there such an accelerated program of the implementation of Hitler’s final solution and eradication of so called undesirables.

The Holocaust Museum here presented the information in a creative and unencumbered fashion, but the goulash just isn’t going to taste the same after a visit there. I’m going to head over to the hot springs fed bath house tomorrow, and see if I can do a bit of a soul cleansing. Then maybe follow up with a little Jazz in the evening. I shall still be glad to move on to my next country which I hope will not bear the stain of Hitler’s Reich.

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Here’s the entryway to my Hostel/Apartment. It was a three-room apartment that was terribly mildewed in the common area so I had to hide out in my room which was hot, windowless and lightless. This didn’t help my Budapest experience. It had good reviews and was supposed to be in the city center when it really was on the periphery.

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This is a delightful pixie tour guide who actually started my visit off on the right foot.

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Rub his belly to be guaranteed a good meal.

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Franz Liszt – Famous Hungarian Composer

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Sculpture showing the distances to all major Hungarian cities.

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The Chain Bridge

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Funicular – The Easy Way Up

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Our Way Up

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A Symbolic Gesture To The Soviets

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The Parliament Building

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Closeup of the struts on the Chain Bridge

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The entrance of the Holocaust Museum

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A truckload of Nazis being cheered into Budapest.

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László Endre – A despicable Hungarian.

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The end for so many.

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 Beautiful Synagog at the end of the museum.

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Memorial Wall Sculpture

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A plaque in the street designating one of the many who were taken from their homes.

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The Green Bridge

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The Hotel Gellert

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The Gellert Bath House

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Entryway Of The Gellert Bath House – Which I failed to utilize.

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Restaurant Row

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Duck Breast with Risotto – The best part of the visit.

I was stuck here for five days in that horrible apartment waiting for my prescription to arrive from FedEx. It arrived near Budapest on Monday, and I barely got it from customs after waiting all day at their office on Thursday. Needless to say, I will be glad to move on to Slovenia. Don’t get me wrong, Budapest is a very nice city but my experience was far from enjoyable. I didn’t even manage to indulge in the baths or the Jazz club. I was completely out of synch, I was isolated, and I ran into some very unpleasant people as well.

Absolutely nothing was falling into place. Just one of those things. I will probably return at some point in the future and give it another try. With accommodations in a better location, no FedEx issues, and a better attitude it should be a great visit. I’ve already done the Holocaust museum, so I probably start out with the Gellert Baths and eat at the French restaurant that I also missed out on.

4 Comments

  1. Jason B.
    July 15, 2015

    Don’t let the ghouls ruin your goulash. :)))

  2. The Travel Zealot
    July 15, 2015

    Frankly I’m a little tired of large grimy cities, and am ready for some countryside right about now. I actually went for duck breast with risotto as well.

  3. Z
    July 17, 2015

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy Croatia – a lot of small charming cities.
    I sent you an email with the list of places to see, did you get it?

  4. The Travel Zealot
    July 17, 2015

    Yes Z,
    I got your email. Thanks. I just got to Ljubljana, which is kind of the Salzburg of Slovenia. Very charming. Then I’m off to enjoy Croatia.

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