Državni arhiv u Karlovcu

  • The Karlovac State Archive
  • DAKA


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Geographical and Cultural Context

Jewish community in Karlovac existed from the second half of the 19th century when Ashkenazic Jewish immigrants from Hungary, Bohemia, Moravia and Austria moved south to Croatia. The Jewish quarter, called Zidovska varos, had a synagogue, designed and built in 1870-1871 by Ernest Muehlbauer. During the Second World War it was used as a warehouse and totally devastated. Finally, the synagogue was torn down around 1960 since the surviving Jews never returned to Karlovac (see book: Slavko Goldstein: "1941 - the Year That Repeats Itself").

The Jewish Cemetery at Velika Svarca/Dubovac dates from 1816. It has a fine Ceremonial Hall and about 200 monuments. The property was nationalized in 1958 and protected as a historical landmark.

For more on the life of Jews in Karlovac see a non-fiction book by Slavko Goldstein "1941 - the Year that Repeats Itself". Goldstein, born in the early 1920s gives an overview of life just before the war, and during the war when his father was taken away and killed. The family owned a bookstore/ stationery in the city centre.

Archival and Other Holdings

Holocaust related material is to be found in the "Gradsko poglavarstvo' collections (city administration) for, roughly, the years 1936 -1947 (from the first influx of Austrian / German Jewish refugees until after the war and the Committee for establishing the crimes of occupiers and their helpers).

Opening Times

The reading room is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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