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Instead of placing flowers on tombstones, Jewish people use stones because flowers may die, but a stone can withstand the test of time.

I did a free walking tour this day about the Jewish in Hungary. There are many interesting things I can recollect about this day, but I think one thing that stands out to me the most is a response I got from my tour guide to the question: Does antisemitism still exist today? Sadly enough, she replied that it was and that it was growing stronger in Europe. Hungary is a country still struggling economically and politically after decades of communism. Just like in World War II, Hungarians want someone to blame for the difficulty of their lives and of course the Jews and the gypsies are the first to be pointed at. A neo-Nazi political group sits in Parliament today and they have recently been growing stronger in power and popularity in Hungary. I forget the name of the party, even though I asked my guide about 5 times, but the fact that neo-Nazism still exists really terrifies me. I don’t think there’s any way we can have an incident so extreme like the Holocaust, but I do unfortunately think that there is going to be many many difficulties for the Jews soon in the future. God, I hope not. =(

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