October 9-10, 2011
Students and faculty from the Jewish Studies programs at Central European University, Eötvös Lorant University (Budapest) and Palacký University (Olomouc, Czech Republic) took a two-day field trip to Jewish heritage sites in Western Slovakia. We visited the former synagogues of Stupava, Malacky, Senec, Trnava, Nitra, and Šurany, discovering monuments in various styles from Baroque to Bauhaus that bear witness to the religious and everyday life of all three Jewish currents that existed in the former Kingdom of Hungary. After staying overnight in Trnava, home to an important medieval Jewish community, we visited the Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorial sites at Sereď, Nitra and Nové Zámky. In the latter locality, we enjoyed the hospitality of one of the last remaining Jewish communities of the region, whose members shared their personal recollections with us while guiding us through their cemetery, synagogue and community building.
Appointment: 7:00 a.m. in front of the Mátyás Pince, V., Március 15 Sq. 7.