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partout designed by Attila F. Kovács, which especially works when it’s sunny and the word “Terror” appears to be written on the wall by the sun. The building was renovated by architects János Sándor and Kálmán Újszászy in 2002 when it became a museum. The innovative institution was built with the utmost care and no effort or money was spared, as it was the pet project of the government between 1998 and 2002. The museum declares its mission as such: “Having survived two terror regimes, it was felt that the time had come for Hungary to erect a fitting memorial to the victims, and at the same time to present a picture of what life was like for Hungarians in those times… The House of Terror Museum – the only one of its kind – is a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in this building.” 60 Andrássy út has been a meaningful address with dark connotations since 1937 when the Hungarian Fascists, the Arrow Cross Party, rented an increasing amount of space there. In 1940 they made it their headquarters. The party’s leader, Ferenc Szálasi, named the building “The House of Loyalty”. In the autumn of 1944, when the Hungarian Nazis came to power, the basement was used as a prison. As Soviets liberated Budapest from the Nazis (without the slightest intention of leaving), the communistdominated Political Police claimed the house in February 1945. A prison labyrinth was created by joining the cellars of adjacent buildings. The State Security Police possessed the building until 1956. When they moved out, the house was renovated, erasing all traces of its past. It was used by a state-owned company as office space. In 2004 the museum was awarded the “Hungarian Museum of the Year” prize, for its visitor-friendly character. However, critics argue that one thing was spared: thorough historical research. The concept design was partly done by Sándor Fábry, a talk show star and screenplay writer. Fun and gags were more important than solid evidence, said the critics. Keep in mind that the museum is a love or hate affair for most Budapesters, depending on what political parties they support. One camp says that it has revolutionized the Hungarian museum scene and the way that history is taught by captivating young audiences. The other camp says that it’s not a museum, but a Disneyland-like attraction. It is a must-see for the serious traveller.

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