Magyar Zsidó Levéltár

  • Hungarian Jewish Archives
  • Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives
  • MZSL
  • HJA

Address

Dohány utca 2
Budapest
1075
Hungary

Phone

06-1-4135551

Fax

06-1-342 1790

History

The Hungarian Jewish Archives were established in 1994, when the predecessor of the institute was moved to its present location, a wing of the Great Synagogue. The collection is made up of several archival collections. The earliest collection came from the first decades of the 20th century when the depopulating rural, small-town Jewish communities’documentary materials were collected. Besides, the collections included the scholarly works and correspondence of renowned rabbis and other public figures and the documents of various Jewish organizations and journals. This work was continued after the Shoah under the leadership of Sándor Scheiber, who established the predecessor of the Hungarian Jewish Archives in 1972. These collections were united in 1994 with the documents of the Pest Israelite Community and Jewish central organizations (National Office of Hungarian Israelites–MIOI, National Representation of Hungarian Israelites–MIOK).

Geographical and Cultural Context

Hungary

Archival and Other Holdings

The collections of the HJA include the documents of the Pest Israelite (Neologue) Community (1867-1951), the Orthodox Community, and Jewish central organizations (National Office of Hungarian Israelites–MIOI, National Representation of Hungarian Israelites–MIOK), the documents of various Jewish community institutions, funds, organizations, schools and provincial Jewish communities. Besides, the archives also hold large collections of families and individuals, a photo and a book collection as well as a separate collection of Holocaust-related files.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

On-line finding aids: www.jewishgen.org/Hungary/Data/HJACatalog.doc (In English)E-archives: http://www.milev.hu/e-leveacuteltaacuter---e-archives.html (in Hungarian)Publications: http://www.milev.hu/leveacuteltaacuteri-kiadvaacutenyok.htmlDatabase of Holocaust-era testimonies (DEGOB) www.degob.org

Family Research Center http://www.milev.hu/csalaacutedkutatoacute-koumlzpont---family-research-center.html

Opening Times

The Hungarian Jewish Archives is open to researchers from Mondays to Thursdays from 10am to 4 pm and on Fridays from 10am to 2pm.

Accessibility

We recommend you use public transport to reach the Hungarian Jewish Archives as nearby parking space is limited. We suggest taking Metro Line no. 2. to Astoria or Metro 1,2 or 3 to Deák Ferenc tér. The archives is located in the building of the Dohány street synagogue.

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