Memento Park: How Hungary Uses Communist Statues to Teach Democracy

As the United States reckons with memorials and monuments that no longer represent the values our nation wishes to uphold, we may ask ourselves: what have other countries done to remedy this issue? In Budapest, Hungary, Memento Park is an open-air museum displaying 45 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989, which had previously been displayed throughout Hungary. By collecting the statues in a central, respectful location, Memento Park encourages visitors to think freely about dictatorship – and, by extension, democracy. Learn how Memento Park was formed, how visitors engage with these larger-than-life monuments to Communism, and what lessons we can learn from this unique space.

This webinar was recorded Thursday, 7/23/20, in partnership with Memento Park (

The presenters are Judit Holp (Memento Park) and Eszter Kutas (Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation).