The 20th Century and the Hungarian Jews
Armin Langer, Berlin / Germany
With the emancipation of the Jews of Hungary, many were optimistic about the future. Budapest - or as the anti-Semites called it, Judapest - became a center of European Jewish intellectual life. Still, anti-Semitism was on rise which lead to the destruction of most of Hungary's Jewry. During times of Communism, being Jewish was a taboo. Only now, after the fall of the regime, young Jews start to discover their heritage and get engaged with the positive side of Judaism.
Armin Langer is a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Jewish Theology, and is pursuing his MA studies in the latter. He studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and at the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin. Langer is since 2013 coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim group “Salaam-Shalom”. He has been working as a freelance author, his first book is Ein Jude in Neukölln.