field trip to memento park

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In our last Contemporary Literature, Film and Visual Arts in Hungary class we went for a field trip about a half hour south west of Budapest to Memento Park. Memento Park is an outdoor museum of communist statues that used to be all around the city. Instead of destroying them, they removed them from Budapest and collected them in one space to not forget this part of their history.

They were selling some old communist relics and paraphernalia.

It’s crazy to picture life where there used to be a huge statue of Stalin in the middle of Heroes’ Square… Our professor told us that this place shouldn’t be taken too seriously, the statues here can be played with, and that we should feel free to pose silly with them. Some students were climbing on top or mimicking the poses and taking pictures.

They even had an old Trabant car made in the communist era.

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