Press Room - 2014

Time Machine Exhibition
Posted: 10/December/2014
OSA Participates in the Time Machine Exhibition on Europe’s History created by Sladovna Pisek in the Czech Republic.
Call for Applications - The City uploaded: Urban Intersections of Films and New Media
Posted: 08/December/2014

The CEU Summer University announces the course

OSA at the 2014 Human Rights Forum and Fair
Posted: 04/December/2014

On December 6, 2014, the European Youth Centre, a residential educational establishment of the Council of Europe organizes a one-day Human Rights Forum and Fair to celebrate the International Human Rights Day within the framework of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) No Hate Speech campaign.

Research Room Winter Break
Posted: 02/December/2014
The Research Room will be closed from December 22, 2014 to January 2. The first operating day is on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Sketch of military maneuvers in Budapest, 1956
Posted: 20/November/2014
The thinking behind the curation of OSA's new online exhibition, 1956 - 301 - 1989, in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. // A Google Cultural Institute/OSA 1956 - 301 - 1989 c. kiállítása katológusa helyett.  
Google OSA exhibition screenshot
Posted: 19/November/2014
Marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of Communism, the Google Cultural Institute and OSA have launched an online exhibition, entitled 1956 - 301 - 1989. Using a wide range of materials from OSA's holdings, including Radio Free Europe research publications, Western and Hungarian propaganda films, secret police surveillance reports, as well as samizdat posters, the exhibition explores how, after decades of official silence, the memory of the suppressed 1956 Revolution was mobilized in the mid-late 1980s by the Hungarian democratic opposition.
Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_06
Posted: 17/November/2014

The closing event of a film series to explore documentaries associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity.

War from the Victims’ Perspective / Photographs by Jean Mohr
Posted: 11/November/2014

The exhibition addresses the issues of victims of conflicts, refugees and communities suffering from war and still under potential threat. It focuses on the emblematic cases of Palestine, Cyprus, and Africa.

Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Posted: 10/November/2014

Ten years in the making, Verzio continues to promote open society, democracy, and tolerance exploring new territories in the vast field of creative documentary cinema.  Verzio has created a forum where films, perspectives and interpretations can be examined creatively and critically. Born out of a commitment to documentary film and human rights, and backed by the indispensable institutional support of the Open Society Archives (OSA), Verzio continues on its course of human rights promotion via film.

Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_05
Posted: 03/November/2014

OSA Archivum presents: Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_05:
Thursday, 6 November at 6:00pm
The Tailenders
By Adele Horne, 2006, English subtitles, 70 min

Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory_04
Posted: 22/October/2014

'Truth and Objectivity Film Laboratory 2 October - 20 November 2014' is a unique film series to explore documentaries
associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity.  It's related to the CEU course called,
Historiography: Themes in Its History and Approaches to Its Theory.

Programmers: Ioana Macrea-Toma, István Rév and Zsuzsanna Zádori.

Documents from Hungary’s Democratic Transition
Posted: 20/October/2014
OSA acquires documents (photographs, press clippings and political campaign materials) about Hungary’s democratic transition from the estate of István Bartók, a well-known public figure and passionate photographer of his beloved city Budapest.
Posted: 13/October/2014
Open Letter to the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
 Truth and Objectivity – Film Laboratory
Posted: 29/September/2014

A unique film series to explore documentaries associated with historical truthfulness and objectivity.  Various ways of investigating, revealing, and verifying truth are detailed in each film through uncovered footage, interviews, observations, or re-enactment of past events.  Just as the filmmakers incorporate different approaches and methods, so these themes are echoed in the CEU course called, Historiography: Themes in Its History and Approaches to Its Theory.

OSA's Yellow-Star Houses Virtual Exhibitions Featured on Google Open Gallery
Posted: 17/September/2014
OSA's two virtual exhibitions on the Yellow-Star Houses project are now featured on Google's Open Gallery website.
Posted: 15/September/2014
Dear Researchers,Please note the special hours for September 2014: OSA Office and Research Room Closed to the Public: September 18 & 19.Research Room Closed to the Public:September 25.September 30. Open only from 13:00 until closingThank you for your understanding.
Europeana 1989 at OSA in September
Posted: 04/September/2014

OSA is the project leader of Europeana 1989 in Hungary. During the Hungarian collection campaigns, it cooperated with the SZTE Klebelsberg Library of the University of Szeged and the Museum of Sopron. The last collection campaing will take place at OSA on the  5th and 6th of  September, 2014.

Tibor Philipp Collection
Posted: 03/September/2014
OSA has acquired a new collection related to Tibor Philipp, a well-known member of the Democratic Opposition and of the alternative art group Inconnnu in the 1980s.
QR code – How Family Slides Become Public History
Posted: 01/September/2014

The three meters by three meters art piece, QR code, which consists of 2.916 slides, will be permanently exhibited in the OSA Archivum's Goldberger House in Budapest. OSA is one of the internationally most well known archives of the recent past, displaying documents on historical events and eras in unusual ways. It is eminently suited, both spatially and spiritually, to display this work of art.

Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives
Posted: 11/August/2014
OSA and the Visegrad Fund are inviting applicants for the 2014/2015 academic year, who are interested in working on specific aspects of the following broader research themes. All the proposed research topics are related to the diverse problems of the archive (“archive” both as a concept, a notion and idea, and “archive” as physical repositories having, intellectually interesting specificities as well).
OSA Concert June 21
Posted: 23/June/2014
From 8 am until midnight on June 21, 2014, and at over 130 locations across the city, the people of Budapest, former and current yellow-star house residents, survivors and their families, friends and neighbors, theater groups, musicians, authors, civic groups, public figures, cultural institutes, and embassies held commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the forced relocation of Budapest Jews into the yellow-star houses.With a message from István Rév, and photos, videos, and international press coverage.
Posted: 18/June/2014
Over the 2014 summer break, the archival Research Room will be closed from July 28- August 29. The Research Room will re-open on Monday, September 1.
Yellow-Star Houses Remembrance Day
Posted: 13/June/2014

OSA Archivum's Yellow-Star Houses project culminates on June 21, 1944, the 70th anniversary of the forced mass relocation of 220,000 Budapest Jews
into around 2,000 designated buildings marked with a yellow Star of David: the "yellow-star houses."

Közlemény | Announcement
Posted: 06/June/2014
Kétségeink mellett és ellenére, elfogadva az Origo ajánlatát, egyelőre úgy döntöttünk, hogy a „Menetrend- 1944” blogot, amíg a lehetőségek és a tisztesség ezt engedi, továbbra is az Origon közöljük.
The first phase of Europeana 1989 in Hungary is over
Posted: 02/June/2014
OSA is the project leader of Europeana 1989 in Hungary. During May 2014, the staff of OSA working on the Europeana 1989 project conducted twocollection campaigns in Hungary. These campaigns took place on May 23–24 at the SZTE Klebelsberg Library, and on May 30–31 in Sopron, in closecooperation with the staff of the Museum of Sopron.
Book Launch
Posted: 26/May/2014

The book launch of The Milosevic Trial: An Autopsy by Timothy Williams Waters. This is the first cross-disciplinary examination of the longest, most controversial war crimes trial of the modern era, and its contested legacy for the growing fields of international criminal law and post-conflict justice.

yellow-star house sticker
Posted: 21/May/2014
On May 20, OSA Archivum hosted a meeting for the diplomatic representatives of states and organizations which played a role in saving the lives of Jews in 1944, or which have links to specific yellow-star houses.
Deportation 1944
Posted: 15/May/2014
Edited by OSA historian András Mink, the "Menetrend 1944" (Timetable) Hungarian-language blog on news portal follows the daily deportations of almost half a million Jews from the Hungarian countryside, May 14 - July 19, seventy years ago.
Posted: 09/May/2014

Europeana 1989 ( is a project of the Europeana Digital Library which aims at creating a unique European public archive of the political changes of 1989. It is set to gather digital content from its users through a variety of methods, including collection campaigns and online participation. Relevant documents and objects, along with accompanying stories, are uploaded to a website and pinned to an interactive map.

Yellow-Star Houses organizers' meeting at OSA, May 7
Posted: 30/April/2014

Meeting to introduce ourselves, discuss our experiences to date, and share ideas and plans with one another.