Nazis and Comrades

nandcA microhistory of totalitarian dictatorships

At first glance, Újlipótváros, sitting alongside the Danube is a peaceful neighbourhood, one of the most popular areas among locals. It is dominated by a mixture of art deco and Bauhaus style architecture, pleasant cafés and bookstores. However, if we take a closer look, we see the marks of the turbulent 20th century.

Our walk shines light into the dark corners of Újlipótváros by discovering its history from the Holocaust to the change of regime. We visit a safe house where thousands of Jews were crammed during the Holocaust. After the genocide, the respectable neighbourhood, which was mainly populated by Jews was almost empty. Nobody was watching, thus it was a perfect area for the Intelligence Service’s operations. We pass by buildings, where secret agents operated, and where the Communist party stored its famed car collection. We show you how the 1956 revolution affected the neighbourhood, then we finish the walk by visiting the Communist party’s former headquarters, where we see the most infamous and biggest secco of the country, titled the Workers’ State.

Come and join us, if you want to explore the hidden secrets of a picturesque neighbourhood!

Duration: 2.5-3 hours


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