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Holocaust museum offers ethereal journey
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

BUDAPEST, Hungary — You do not walk alone through Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Center. You walk with ghosts.

At Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Center, rows of glass pews each bear the photo and story of someone who died.

At Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Center, rows of glass pews each bear the photo and story of someone who died.

Indeed, the center’s permanent exhibit, which finally opened in February at the 2-year-old facility, feels less like a museum display than a journey into darkness.

Unlike the exterior courtyard, which is constructed of geometric pillars of beige stone, the lines of the inside exhibition, From Deprivation of Rights to Genocide, are deliberately distorted, the architecture echoing the immorality of a world come unhinged. That world will be recalled by the Jewish community and others worldwide during Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which starts at sundown on Monday.