Under a thick layer of bushes and roots hides Budapest’s largest Jewish cemetery, which is also one of the largest in the world.
Young volunteers came from all over the world to clean up the site and learn more about the Jewish community in Hungary.
The work is coordinated by a non-profit organization, the association of friends of the Jewish cemetery of Budapest. In recent years, they have cleared about a fifth of the cemetery.
The cemetery has been operational for over 130 years, but with the significant decline of Hungary’s Jewish population during World War II, it gradually fell into oblivion, engulfed in vegetation.
More than 300,000 people are buried in this cemetery.
If on one side the modernist mausoleum of Sándor Schmidl still attracts a few tourists, on the other hand the majority of the graves are neglected, for lack of living relatives to take care of them. Volunteers will still have their work cut out for them before they get everything right.
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