Hungary and Ukraine will refurbish the late 19th-century Great Synagogue of Berehove (Beregszász), a landmark of the city’s central square, in a joint project, Levente Magyar, the foreign ministry’s state secretary, said at the site on Friday.
“The historic moment that only a few believed in has arrived, the removal of the concrete sarcophagus trapping the exquisite building will begin,” Magyar said.
He called the project a highly important step in the process “in which, we, Hungarians, Ukrainians, Jews and other peoples with a shared history in eastern central Europe make efforts day by day to regain what the 20th century had taken away from us in terms of our identity and culture”.
The reconstruction is set to begin next year at the initiative of the Trancarpathian Hungarian cultural association KMKSZ and the city council of Berehove with financing of the Hungarian government, Magyar said.
The fully refurbished synagogue is expected to open at the end of 2024.
Speaking at the site, Viktor Mikita, the head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, expressed thanks for Hungary’s support to Ukraine in the current “difficult times”.
Magyar later visited Mukachevo (Munkacs), where he announced at a press conference that the Hungarian government would ensure the allocation of the 3 million euro funding for the completion of a waste incinerator on the outskirts of Yanoshi (Makkosjanosi).