Kozma Street Cemetery


Kozma Street Cemetery

The Kozma street cemetery in Budapest is noted for its unusual monuments and mausoleums. Unusually for a Jewish cemetery, these include sculpted human figures and elaborate mausoleums in a variety of styles, most notably several mausoleums in art nouveau or jugendstil style.

Kozma Street was opened in 1891 by the Neolog (reform) Jewish community of Budapest.

The green tile-clad maousoleum of the Schmidl family by Ödön Lechner and Bela Lajta, drawing its inspiration form Hungarian folk art, is considered an important example of Magyar-Jewish architecutral style, as is the domes cemetery chapel by Bela Lajta. [ The Jewish Contribution to Modern Architecture, 1830-1930 , by Fredric Bedoire, 2004, p. 367 ]

Imre Nagy, the Prime Minister of Hungary murdered by the Soviets in 1956 was buried in an unmarked grave in the Kozma Street Cemetery. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE4D8143FF93BA35751C0A96F948260 Budapest Journal; The Lasting Pain of '56: Can the Past Be Reburied? - New York Times ] ] He was disinterred and reburied in 1989. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE5DD1530F934A25755C0A96F948260 Hungarian Who Led '56 Revolt Is Buried as a Hero - New York Times ] ]

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