The unique Hospital in the Rock found near the Buda Castle and its Nuclear Bunker Museum, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, inspired BBC’s author, who commemorates the secret hospital, that lies under the city, through the story of a brave doctor and his family.
We also have an article about the special institution, its story and how most Hungarians still don’t know about its existence. Well, BBC’s report might put the Hospital in the Rock – opened in 1944 – into the limelight.
The story starts with the 3-year-old Erzsébet Seibriger and her family, who found shelter in the natural cave system during the 1956 revolution. Her father worked as a surgeon here and helped both Hungarians and Soviets. He was the only doctor who cured people here during both WWII and the revolution. One of the eerie, life-sized wax figures commemorates him in the museum.
This was the only place during Budapest’s siege in WWII, where people could be X-rayed and operated. “Treated patients did not want to leave for fear of the war outside, and often family members and friends of those injured stayed as well, using the hospital as a shelter” highlights the article. Then, in communist times, it was turned into a nuclear bunker. Some of the equipment used back then still work.
The little girl grew up and is now a grandmother of six grandchildren. She still lives in the neighbourhood of the Hospital in the Rock. She returned to the bunker for the first time in 2007, when the museum was inaugurated.
“This place is very important to me, and it’s a very important thing that it brings the history alive and closer to people of today,” Seibriger said. “It’s authentic, and it shows how the people who worked here were risking their lives.”
“My father was very brave, and I am very happy that I can tell his story, and my story.”
Read BBC’s article about the whole story HERE.
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