Though I’ve been to three concentration camps and several Holocaust museums, I’ve never seen footage as disturbing as what I saw in the very first room of the House of Terror Museum.
One side of the room is devoted to black & white footage of Hungary’s Soviet occupation while the other side shows video footage of its German occupation. There is substantial footage of Hitler’s troops marching in and the crowds pushing and shrieking with allegiance, hysteria and awe. Women and children held up their arms in ‘Heil Hitler’ salutes. People lifted the arms of wheel-chaired infirm; the crowd passionately intent on saluting Hitler as he rode by.
The footage shifted to the bodies. One clip after another of bodies heaped upon bodies. Skeletal remains barely recognizable as human. Clips of bulldozers pushing a mass of tumbling bodies into mass graves.
As you watch this — stunned and speechless — loud, vibrating techno music fills the room as backdrop for the horrors that occurred in Hungary.
And that was only room #1.
I willingly entered the House of Terror Museum. Would you?