Unearthing a History of the Holocaust in Hungary

Washington, DC - The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will host a showing of the celebrated documentary “There Was Once…” on December 10th in commemoration of Human Rights Day.

This powerful film relates the story of a Hungarian high school teacher, Gyongyi Mago, who uncovers the secret of the deportation of all and extermination of many of the Jews of her small Hungarian town during World War II. In her search for survivors and relatives of the victims, she contacted filmmaker Gabor Kalman, who had lived in that same town for the first 10 years of his life.

Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on the anniversary of the 1948 adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was personally involved in preparing the Declaration, asked herself where human rights began. She concluded that they started in individuals’ communities. This film shows what happens when human rights are trampled in a small town.

Director Gabor Kalman will engage a brief discussion at the end of the film, with former high school teacher Gyongyi Mago joining by video link from Budapest.

The film will be shown on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 1:00-3:15 PM at the State Department’s Dean Acheson Auditorium at 350 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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