In Part 3 of the series, we present a pair of quaint, wood-framed Hungarian tapestries, donated to us by Dr Agnes Kaposi. They are part of our Social History collection, evidencing Jewish life before and during the Holocaust.

For Agnes, they are a memento of her beloved Aunt Roszi and Giza Mama, pictured below with one of the framed tapestries behind them. Agnes moved in with them as a little girl. But they were shot in 1945 and thrown into the River Danube - along with 20,000 other Hungarian Jews.

N.B.Aunt Roszi and Giza Mama were not killed by the Nazis but by the Hungarian Arrow Cross militia. We must remember those who actively helped carry out the Final Solution. It wasn’t just Germans.

Agnes survived the notorious Budapest Danube genocide as well as the Debrecen Ghetto, Austrian labour camps and the murder of dozens of her family both during the Holocaust and by the Stalinist regime in Hungary after the war. 

On Wednesday July 15th at 8PM, she will share and discuss her tapestries and other artefacts - which evidence the family wiped out by the Hungarian Arrow Cross Party. She has generously donated these belongings to our collection - but you need to hear the stories behind from Agnes. 

Centuries of anti-Jewish hate led the Hungarians to turn on their Jewish community, egged on only latterly by the Nazis. Disturbingly, there are those in Hungary and around the world today who seek to blame the Hungarian Jewish financier George Soros for Covid-19, the killing of Floyd George and other conspiracy theories.

This makes Agnes Kaposi's testimony all the more vital. She is a remarkable survivor who has overcome a triple tragedy to become a brilliantly successful engineer, and a forensically accurate documenter of what happened in Hungary 75 years ago. Please join us:

Part 3 of Matters Of Artefact: Wednesday July 29th, 8pm UK time.

Don't worry if you missed it- watch it here at the top of the page.

ABOUT THE SERIES

We are privileged to be custodians of the UK's largest collection of Holocaust artefacts for you to come and see.

Artefacts memorialise and evidence the Holocaust. 

Artefacts combat Holocaust denial. 

Artefacts are powerful agents of truth.

This is why they feature not only in our galleries, but learning programmes and outreach. It is also why we handle each one with meticulous care: extensive research, provenance authentication and preservation.

To celebrate the re-opening of our museum reopening, 'Matters of Artefact' each week looks at an individual artefact or group of artefacts in discussion with the people who donated them: our family of Holocaust survivors.

If you can't get to Nottinghamshire, let us present some of these objects to you online, with our family of Holocaust survivors telling you the fascinating stories behind them.


'MATTERS OF ARTEFACT' EPISODE 3

With Dr Agnes Kaposi