The Importance Of Artifact

Lessons learned from a memorial to another kind of terror.
January 27, 2004, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Number 60 was the dreaded address where the secret police interrogated, intimidated, and often executed the enemies of the state. Our visitor had somehow escaped and lived to tell the story. But I didn't really begin to grasp what he must have gone through until this past autumn. On a drizzly November day I visited number 60. This restored neo-Renaissance building, now called the House of Terror (Terror Háza), is a museum and memorial to the victims of two totalitarian regimes--first Nazi, then Soviet--that ruled Hungary between 1937 and 1989.

Thanks to Julie Taraska

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