Introduction

Leaders of the "Audio-visual Memory Collection" project


Schmidt MáriaMária Schmidt, Historian, General Director of the House of Terror Museum, professional manager of the project

Born in Budapest in 1953. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest in History and German literature. In 1985 she passed her comprehensive doctoral exam, and defended her thesis in 1999. She was an assistant professor at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University from 1996, and an associate professor since 2000. In 2005, she acquired the title habilitated doctor. She became professor in 2010. As a post-graduate scholarship winner and guest professor, she has been to the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck, the technical universities of Oxford, Paris, and Berlin, in Tel-Aviv, the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Universities of New York and Bloomington, as well as the Hoover Institute at Stanford. Between 1998 and 2002 she was a principal adviser to the Prime Minister. She is the General Director of both the Twentieth Century Institute, and the House of Terror Museum. From 2002 she was the curator of the international Ettersberg Foundation, created to do comparative research on the European dictatorships and democratic transformations in the 20th century. Her research interests include the history of Hungarian Jews from 1918 onwards, dictatorships of the 20th century, history of Hungary under the dictatorships.



Gerő AndrásAndrás Gerő, Historian, Vice Chair of the Higher Education Integration Board

Born in 1952 in Budapest. Director of the Institute of Habsburg History. Professor and Department Head of the ELTE Department of Economic and Social History, Lecturer at the Central European University. His research areas are the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the development of the middle-class, and the history of symbolic politics. He is the editor-in-chief the Budapesti Negyed and a member of the Hungarian Historical Society's Director Caucus.





 

 





Tallai Gábor

Gábor Tallai, program director of the House of Terror Museum, project manager

Born in Wolfen, Germany in 1970. Has lived in Hungary since 1980. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest in History and Pedagogy, and then was awarded a scholarship to study media theory and broadcast journalism in Munich. From 1995 to 2001 he was an instructor at the American owned Berlitz Ltd. In 1995–96 he was the deputy editor of the culture section of Új Magyarország. From 1997 he was the cultural column editor first for the Napi Magyarország then from 2000 for the Magyar Nemzet newspapers. In 1999 he was charged with leading the Hungarian office to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the Strategic Director of The Hungarian Press Agency (MTI). Since 2003 he is program director of the House of Terror Museum. He is a founding member of Young Writers Alliance. In 2000 he received the Péter Hajnóczy Literary Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 



 

Higher Education Integration Board

The Higher Education Integration Board (HEIB) was established to lay the groundwork for and to manage the "Audio-visual Memory Collection" project. It is responsible for the controlled execution of the project, in harmony with its stated goals, and for integrating the new educational tools and associated methodology resulting from the project into the Hungarian higher education system. The project management is in constant contact with the Higher Education Integration Board, the members of which are guided by the board's chair and vice-chair in developing methodological support materials which are validated by the experiences and criteria of the Hungarian history teacher training. Since the focal point of the project's audio-visual collection work is Hungarian 20th century history presented in numerous narratives, the HEIB is conferred with special responsibility, in that they must review all of the completed methodological background and information material so that the modern scientific requirements are fully realized while still taking into full consideration existing social sensitivities. To this end, a team of historians, under the professionally direction of HEIB, carry out the research work resulting in the composition of the documents necessary for the implementation of the project.

The Higher Education Integration Board members

  • Mária Schmidt (Chair)
  • András Gerő (Vice-chair)
  • László Borhi, Historian, Fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • György Granasztói, Professor Emeritus at the Atelier European Social Science and Historiography Department (ELTE BTK)
  • Éva Orsós Hegyesi, Deputy Secretary of the Health, Social and Family Affairs Ministry, Chair of the "Fill Years with Life" Hungarian Association of Pensioners' Clubs and of Elderly People
  • Pál Juhász, Fellow at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • András Lánczi Philosopher, political scientist, professor, Director of the Institute for Political Science at the Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Sándor M. Kiss, Professor and Head of the Modern and Contemporary History Department at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University Faculty of Humanities



Professional Historian Working group

Horváth MiklósMiklós Horváth, military historian

Born in 1953 in Kőszeg. After graduating from secondary school, began a professional military career. Beginning in the 1980s, carried out research on military history. In 1989 acquired a Doctoral degree in Political Science, in 1996 a Candidate of Science degree in Military History, and in 2003 earned a Doctoral title from the Hungarian Academy of Science. Achieved Habilitation in Military History in 2004. From 1990 worked as a researcher at the Military History Institute and Museum and in 2003 became the director of the Military History Institute. In September 2005 was appointed Professor at the Pázmány Peter Catholic University Faculty of Humanities. Associate of the 20th Century Institute.








Stark TamásTamás Stark, historian

Born in Budapest in 1959. Completed his University Studies in International Relations in 1983 at the Karl Marx University of Economics. Awarded a scholarship to work at the Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Institute in 1995 and 1996. Since 1983 he has worked as a senior research fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Candidate of Science in History, Fellow at the House of Terror Museum.









Babarczy EszterEszter Babarczy, cultural historian, journalist

Born in Budapest in 1966. Went to the Berzsenyi Dániel Secondary School, then acquired an Art History degree followed by a degree in Philosophy from the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Humanities. Studied postgraduate Political Philosophy before teaching in the Department of Modern European History at the New York University. Upon returning home, began studying at the University of Pécs, Doctoral School in Communications. In 1989 began to publish essays, papers, and interviews. Editor of several printed and Internet publications. Took part in many contemporary artistic events as curator or editor, for example the Nefertiti Project created for the 2003 Venice Biennale. Wrote a volume of essays titled The House, the Garden, the Street, published by Balassi Press in the József Attila Kör Series. Since the late 1990s her writings have appeared in Hungarian daily publications and in the magazine Élet és Irodalom (Life and Literature).


Halmy KundKund Halmy, historian

Born in Budapest in 1975. In 2001, completed his studies in the Faculty of Humanities' Department of History at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary and at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Humanities' Political Philosophy Department. Since 2002, studies the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Doctoral School of Historical Science. Since 2001, has taken part in creating permanent and periodic exhibitions at the House of Terror Museum as a colleague of the Institute for Research on East and Central European History and Society.








Máthé ÁronÁron Máthé, historian, sociologist

Born in Budapest in 1977. In 2001, acquired a degree in History from the Faculty of Humanities of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary in Budapest and in 2002 completed a degree in Sociology at the Eötvös Loránd University. Since 2001, has taken part in creating permanent and periodic exhibitions at the House of Terror museum as a colleague of the Institute for Research on East and Central European History and Society. His research areas are the development of the Arrow Cross Movement and the period of the Arrow Cross Rule. Since 2003, studies at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Doctoral School of Historical Science.








Pogonyi SzabolcsSzabolcs Pogonyi, political scientist, assistant professor at the Eötvös Loránd Institute of Philosophy


In his courses and writings handles the questions of contemporary political theory – multiculturalism, rights and obligations of citizens, political ideologies, distributive justice – as well as researching the history of classic political thought. Co-editor of several volumes of political philosophy, including Freedom and/or Equality – Tocqueville Essays. Founding editor of the political philosophy periodical Phronesis, and curator of the Political Philosophy Foundation (POFA) dealing with the popularization of Hungarian political philosophy. In his upcoming book he analyses the contemporary normative debates about cultural and linguistic rights. In addition to his scientific work he has nearly 15 years of journalistic editorial experience. Founder and editor of the Internet digest Metazin.






Stella SzonjaSzonja Stella, historian

Born in Budapest in 1976. In 2004, completed her studies in History and Italian at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Humanities. In 2008 began studying at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Doctoral School of Historical Science. Since January 2009, has taken part in creating permanent and periodic exhibitions at the House of Terror museum as a colleague of the Institute for Research on East and Central European History and Society.