Records of the Hungarian Royal Police Department of Vác, 1942, 1944
- A M.Kir. Rendőrség Váci Kapitányságának iratai, 1942, 1944
Extent and Medium
1,92 linear metres Textual records
Police forces had been operating under the supervision of the municipal authorities before 1920, when the Hungarian Royal State Police was established (Act I of 1920, Governmental Decree no. 5047/1919). Police was the law enforcement agency to maintain order and persecute crime in the urban areas (cities and towns) of Hungary. Police Department of Vác was created in 1920 and was supervised by the Budapest District Superintendent of Police until 1932 and the Provincial Superintendent of Police between 1932 and 1944.
The records of the Police Department were evacuated from Vác in October-November 1944, when the front was approaching. The pre-1944 parts of the collection were most likely destroyed deliberately before evacuation. Only the index of 1942 survived, which went missing later in the archives. After the war, the records were taken back to Vác and in the early 1950s they were taken to the Pest County State Archives. The fond reached its present form in 1981.
Scope and Content
The collection holds the survived records of the Police Department of the town of Vác, mostly from the fateful year of 1944. Jewish-related cases are scattered throughout the material and include, but not limited to the following topics: permits and licenses of Jewish individuals and companies, extensions of permits and licenses, including events of communities and social organizations, citizenship and naturalization cases, certificates and residence permits, documents pertaining to the conscription of Jews and the yellow star decree and many other anti-Jewish measures in April 1944, the confiscation of Jewish assets and the ghettoization in May-June 1944, records of offences and violations of anti-Jewish laws and decrees and possibly cases of rescue and mitigation.
System of Arrangement
The records were arranged chronologically, the number of case files re-started each year. Box 1-12 hold administrative records and boxes 14-17 records of petty offences. The index of the 1942 records (vol. 13) is missing.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Ernő Lakatos, ed. A Magyar Állami Levéltárak fondjegyzéke, Vol. III. A Területi Levéltárak fondjegyzékei Part 13. A Pest Megyei Levéltár fondjainak jegyzéke. Budapest: Magyar Országos Levéltár, 1975.
The description was prepared by László Csősz
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