Okresný úrad v Medzilaborciach

  • District Office in Medzilaborce
Language of Description
1936 - 1945
Level of Description
  • Slovak
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

4 boxes

Biographical History

The District Office in Medzilaborce was a state administration body. It was established during the period of 1st Czechoslovak Republic (1918-1938) and it existed also during the period of the Slovak state/ Slovak Republic (1939-1945). The office was originally established under Law no. 126/1920 Coll., which entered into effect on 1 January 1923. The District Office in Medzilaborce was subordinated to the County Office in Košice in the years 1923-1928 and the Ministry of Interior. After the 1928 reform of state administration in Czechoslovakia resulted in the repeal of counties and County Offices, district offices in the Slovak territory were subordinated to the Country Office in Bratislava (Krajinský úrad v Bratislave). Soon after the creation of the Slovak state (March 14, 1939) its state administration was reorganized and the District Office in Medzilaborce was subordinated to the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic (pursuant to the Law No. 190/1939 effective from 1 January 1940). In matters falling within the competence of other ministries, regulations and instructions of these ministries were implemented. Since 1 January 1940, the Medzilaborce district was also incorporated into the the newly established Šariš-Zemplín County (Šarišsko-zemplínska župa) and was subordinated to the County Office of the Šariš-Zemplín County (Župný úrad Šarišsko-zemplínskej župy) with the seat in Prešov too. The District Chief (Okresný náčelník) was the head of District Office in Medzilaborce with the responsibility for the state administration in the district as well as the work of the District Office. From January 1st 1940 District Chief was subordinated to the respected County Office and the Ministry of Interior. District Offices were superior to the local notary offices and regional notary offices which were the lowest level bodies of the state administration in Slovakia 1938-1945. Due to the fact that in the period 1938-1945 the vaste majority of anti-Jewish measures in Slovakia were put to life by the state administration bodies archival documents of District Offices represent some of the most important sources for the research of Holocaust in Slovakia.

Archival History

No data on the archival history are available. The fonds apparently represents just a fraction of original files of the District Office in Medzilaborce. It is not sorted and no finding aid is available.

Scope and Content

Archival fonds contains documents of the District Office in Medzilaborce, which was the state administration body. The fonds contains just a fraction of documents of the District Office in Medzilaborce, as the majority of the documents did not preserve. The collection contains only few documents related to the persecution of Jews in Medzilaborce district between 1939 and 1945 such as the Report of the District Office in Medzilaborce concerning the revoked trade licenses of the Jews in district; file pertaining the public official of Jewish origin and his request for an exception guaranteeing his job in the public servicere; file pertaining the order to make home search in Jewish households where food was seized etc.


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System of Arrangement

The fonds is not sorted. It is just a fraction of original files.

Finding Aids

  • No finding aid available.

Existence and Location of Copies

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Archivist Note

Collection identified and described by Ján Hlavinka

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0