By PABLO GORONDI (Associated Press Writer)
Associated Press
01/26/2006

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Confined to a hospital bed and tired of the bland food, Anna Somogyi wishes she could attend Friday’s commemorations of the United Nations’ Holocaust Memorial Day.

Hopeful of returning home in a couple of weeks, Somogyi, 84, is one of dozens of Holocaust survivors receiving care at Budapest’s Jewish Charity Hospital, the only such facility in Central-Eastern Europe.

Maintained by Hungary’s Jewish community from state funds as well as donations from international Jewish organizations, the Charity Hospital, where non-Jews make up around 25 percent of the patients, introduced a hospice program five years ago to assist the terminally ill.