The City is Yours

The Jewish Quarter of Pest for Children

  • 1456

The volume Inner Erzsébetváros – The Jewish District of Pest for children was published in  March 2013. The coordinator and author of the project is Zsófi Szolga, an applied visual artist and former secretary of kultúrAktív Association.

The book, introduced in the coffeehouse Massolitin in 2013, is about an architecturally and socially controversial neighborhood of Budapest situated on the border of two downtown districts. However the community refer to the district as  ‘Jewish district’ there is still no consensus on this name. The book tries dissolve these problems and teaches children to recognize historical and cultural values of the city; and helps them to understand the operation of urban infrastructure and the tendencies of the contemporary neighborhood.

The chief illustrator of the book Nosek Mimma, graduated graphic artist of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, collaborated with the author, Zsófia Szolga to prepare the illustrations for the book. The former chief architect of Budapest, Éva Beleznay helped In the architectural and historical research. The book was reviewed by the journalist Eszter Götz, and by Réka Katona, a PhD student in the area of art history and pedagogy. The grammar review was made by art historian Ágnes Sebestyén, one of the editor of the serial.

The book was printed in 1000 examples and was sponsored by the Bálint Ház community center and by the National Cultural Fund NKA. The books are available in many bookstore in Budapest for 2600 HUF.

Connected programs:

The day of  Hebrew letters II. – guided tour on the family researchers day in the  Zsidó Levéltár connected to he exhibition ‘Itt lakott Rosenthal’ on the 10.03.2013.

During the Negyed6Negyed7 festival in cooperation with the BUPAP and with the Hosszúlépés we organized guided tours in the neighborhood in 2013.

More about the project is available here in Hungarian.