Hundreds of Jewish German Students to Meet in Budapest for Holocaust Conference

The conference, to take place on the fiftieth anniversary of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann's trial, is an annual event focused on the influence of the Holocaust on Israeli and German society as well as its implications for the identity of young Jewish Germans today.

Hundreds of Jewish German students will meet in Budapest on Thursday for a four-day long conference on the Holocaust and its influence on Israeli and German society, to take place on the fiftieth anniversary of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann's trial.

The conference is an annual event organized by the Jewish Agency, and participants can meet with survivors who testified against Eichmann, who was charged with mass-killings of Jews. The group will also discuss the implications of the Holocaust for the identity of young German Jews today. Students will be introduced to the Jewish community in Hungary and will take part in Rosh Hashanah preparations.

Buchenwald student conference - David Shechter - September 2011
David Shechter

The Jewish Agency’s director of activities in Germany and Central Europe, Dr. Michael Yedovitzky, said the conference is part of a broader initiative to strengthen young German Jews' ties to Israel and enhance their sense of Jewish peoplehood.

Some of the participants in the Budapest conference include Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Israeli historian Dr. Gideon Greif, Coalition Chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin, and representatives of the Yad Vashem School for Holocaust Studies, Rabbi Yeshaya Balog and Shlomit Steiner.

There will also be a meeting with Holocaust survivors Yosef Kleiman and Avraham Aviel, who testified 50 years ago at the Eichmann trial.