This is a very special publication for a very special cemetery. As József Schweitzer, a former principal of the Jewish Theological Seminary said: a cemetery is a museum of tombstones. The Salgótarjáni Street Jewish Cemetery is a museum of the 19th century Jews in Budapest.
Among the professions on the tombstones, you will “find” rabbis and Talmudic scholars, newspaper owners, writers, editors, altruistic supporters of Hungarian arts and even captains of Hungarian industry graced with the title of Baron. The cemetery is a memorial of a peaceful, prosperous era for Hungarian Jews.
Hebrew has many words for Jewish cemeteries, like Bet Olam meaning the “House of Eternity”, which we chose as the title of our publication.