Unearthing a History of the Holocaust in Hungary: Join Us on Human Rights Day (December 10) for a Film and Discussion

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 6, 2013

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will host a showing of the celebrated documentary “There Was Once…” on December 10th in commemoration of Human Rights Day. This powerful film relates the story of a Hungarian high school teacher, Gyongyi Mago, who uncovers the secret of the deportation of all and extermination of many of the Jews of her small Hungarian town during World War II. In her search for survivors and relatives of the victims, she contacted filmmaker Gabor Kalman, who had lived in that same town for the first 10 years of his life.

Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on the anniversary of the 1948 adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was personally involved in preparing the Declaration, asked herself where human rights began. She concluded that they started in individuals’ communities. This film shows what happens when human rights are trampled in a small town.

Director Gabor Kalman will engage a brief discussion at the end of the film, with former high school teacher Gyongyi Mago joining by video link from Budapest.

The film will be shown on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 1:00-3:15 PM at the State Department’s Dean Acheson Auditorium at 350 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

This event is open to the public and the press, entering at the 23rd Street Entrance only.

Final access time for press: 12:30 p.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Members of the public should send their name, date of birth, and driver’s license state and number or passport number to DRL-Events@state.gov no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, December 9, 2013. Please arrive at the State Department’s 23rd Street Entrance by 12:45 PM.

PRN: 2013/1534