Matričný úrad Rabínstva židovskej náboženskej obce v Košiciach

  • The Registry Office of the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Religious Community of Košice
Language of Description
1881 - 1944
Level of Description
  • Czech
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Slovak
  • Hebrew
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

24 boxes, paper

Biographical History

The register of the Jewish religious community in Košice has begun in the 1840s when Jews were allowed to settle in the city. Organizational changes in the life of the local Jewish religious community took place after the Jewish Congress of 1868–1869 when the Jewry split into three religious communities. In 1871, both Orthodoxs and Neologs established their religious community, whle the status quo ante Jewry formed a third community: they were those who did not join the Neolog organization or the Orthodox communities but retained their former pre-Congress status. As a result, between 1871 and 1944 also the Košice Jewry was organized into three religious communities. The collections of the Registry Office were confiscated from the religious community based on Decree No. 8200/1944 of the Hungarian Minister of Religion and Public Education.

Scope and Content

The collection contains documents from the Registry Office of the Chief Rabbi of Košice, divided into 24 boxes. Materials regarding the period between 1938 and 1944 are in the last three boxes. Mainly, the registers of the Orthodox Jewish religious community were preserved in the collection, as well as documents regarding the wartime activity of Márk Eckstein, the Status you ante chief rabbi of Košice. In addition, the collection preserves also the petitions of Jewish residents born in Košice who contacted the religious community during WWII regarding passport or citizenship issues or because they got married. These personal files are in alphabetical order. Furthermore, various files are related to members of the Košice Jewry who decided to exit the religious community.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible, but it is not inventoried.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

It is possible to make copies in accordance with the research rules of the archive.

Finding Aids

  • No finding aids.

Archivist Note

The fonds was described by Veronika Szeghy-Gayer. Description edited by Martin Posch.

Rules and Conventions

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