Munkaszolgálattal kapcsolatos iratok. Munkaszolgálatot igazoló iratok

  • Documents Related to Labor Service. Documents on the Conditions of Labor Service
Language of Description
Level of Description
  • Hungarian

Biographical History

This collection contains the materials of approximately 600 former labor servicemen. It was created between 1945 and 1948 to certify the terms of service for those who performed labor service during WWII.

Scope and Content

Labor service was a special Hungarian institution created in 1939 that targetted primarily Jews but also politically suspicuous elements, national minorities and religious groups during the years of the Second World War. The institution of labor service implied labor duties at military units without military equipment. It was gradually extended and became increasingly brutal and deadly. This collection contains a wide array of documents concerning its history such as photographs, birth certificates, graduation certificates and diplomas, military papers (such as service certificates, letters of discharge, promotion certificates, soldier’s identity booklets), documents of name changes, deportation certificates, labor service postcards and other types of correspondence between the labor serviceman and his family members as well as certificates by fellow labor servicemen (the so called bajtársi igazolás).

System of Arrangement

The basic unit of the collection is a personal file of a former labor serviceman. Not all files contain all types of documents, but a majority of them contain several types.

Archivist Note

Description prepared by Ferenc Laczó based on

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0