Okresný úrad v Kežmarku
- District Office in Kežmarok
19,7 linear meters, paper documents
he District Office in Kežmarok 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 Poprad was seated in Kežmarok and 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). From 1932 the seat of the office was transferred to Poprad. Soon after the creation of the Slovak state (March 14, 1939) its state administration was reorganized and the District Office in Kežmarok 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 Kežmarok district was also incorporated into the the newly established Tatranská County (Tatranská župa) and was subordinated to the County Office of the Tatranská County (Župný úrad Tatranskej župy) with the seat in Ružomberok too. The District Chief (Okresný náčelník) was the head of District Office in Kežmarok with the responsibility for the state administration in the district as well as the work of the District Office. From 1 January 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.
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The fonds contains the documents of the District Office in Kežmarok which was the state administration body at the territory of district Kežmarok. The fonds is very well preserved and contains many documents covering the political, economical and social history of the respective district during the period 1923-1945. Besides documents pertaining the history of Jews before 1938 there are many documents pertaining the persecution of Jews during the period of years 1938-1945. The fonds contains documents pertaining the deportation of Jews from Slovakia in November 1938 as well as documents pertaining various anti-Jewish measures of the Hlinka Slovak People´s Party regime in 1939. There are also documents related to the expulsion of Jews from the public service in the district in 1940 as well as files concerning the cancelling of licenses of many Jews. The fonds contains also periodical reports of the District Officer on various issues including the so called "Jewish issue". There are also various lists of Jews created by the District Office in Kežmarok or the subordinated bodies of the state administration (notary offices) in the district. Among others there is a list of Jews who were deported from the district in 1942, the list of Jews who obtained so called presidential exemptions, the list of Jewish doctors present at the territory of district, the list of Jews transferred to Sereď or Poprad. There is also the list of Jews who were registered as baptized in 1943.
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Archival documents can be reproduced with the permission of the archive and in accordance with archive´s Research Rules (Bádateľský poriadok) as well as other internal regulations of the Ministry of Interior.
Printed inventory Okresný úrad v Kežmarku (1919) 1923 – 1945, Author: Martina Šlampová, Poprad 1999. Printed inventory Okresný úrad v Kežmarku (1925-1944), Administratívne spisy, Author:Marta Bednárová, Poprad.
The fonds was identified and described by Ján Hlavinka
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