Upon the invitation of Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Balazs Bokor, Consul General of the Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles, paid a visit to the Institute on June 15. Dr. Smith introduced the Consul General to the Institute’s work, and in particular, discussed the international educational work the Institute conducts with partners across Europe and within Hungary.
Consul General Bokor had the opportunity to see one of the educational resources the Institute produced in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest. The classroom lesson, titled Drifting and Opposition, is the first in a series of four lessons the partners will produce for educators.
In addition, the Consul General also received a demonstration of the Visual History Archive (VHA), which contains, within the nearly 52,000 video testimonies, 1,355 testimonies in the Hungarian language. The entire VHA is available at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, and during his visit, the Consul General discussed programs taking place at CEU which make use of the VHA.
At the meeting, which was also attended by Andrea Szonyi, regional consultant of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in Hungary, Consul General Balazs Bokor and Executive Director Dr. Stephen Smith discussed further cooperation possibilities, mainly in the field of education.