On January 27, 2017, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest debuted a new exhibition that draws on the Visual History Archive testimony of survivor Katalin Bárány.
“Stigmatized: Pictures, Facts, Memories of the History of the Final Solution” combines video clips of Bárány’s testimony from the Visual History Archive with written excerpts from her diary, which she kept when she was about 14 years old. The exhibit focuses on the experiences of Bárány and other rural Hungarian Jews from 1920-1946.
Bárány was born in Buzsák, Hungary, in 1930. She and her family were sent to the Tab and Kaposvar ghettos in 1944 before being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Bárány was later sent to Bergen-Belsen, Markkleeberg, and finally Theresienstadt, where she was liberated.
The goal of the exhibit is to humanize the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, particularly the rural population, which was almost completely destroyed. The exhibit shows what the Holocaust meant for normal Hungarians and how the survivors rebuilt their lives after the war.
Following the exhibition at the Holocaust Memorial Centre, the exhibit may travel around the country.