German Jewish Youth Gather in Budapest

Hundreds of Jewish students from Germany will convene this weekend in Budapest, at a conference organized by the Jewish Agency, to mark 50 years since the trial of Adolf Eichmann and meet with survivors who testified against the Nazi war criminal.

The conference is now held annually by the Jewish Agency for young adults from Germany, most of whom are alumni of Israel experience programs. During the meeting, students will discuss the memory of the Holocaust, its influence on Israeli and German society, and its implications for the Jewish identity of the young generation of German Jews.

Today, with a population around 250,000, Germany’s Jewish community is one of the largest communities in Europe. Over 90% of these are families who immigrated to Germany after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

During the conference, students will also become acquainted with Jewish life in Hungary and experience the preparations for the Jewish New Year.