Živnostenské spoločenstvo v Košiciach

  • Tradesmen Association of Košice
Language of Description
1872 - 1952
Level of Description
  • Czech
  • Hungarian
  • Slovak
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

96 linear meters

Biographical History

The Tradesmen Association of Košice was one of the largest institutions in which small industrialists and tradesmen were grouped. The local Jewry was represented in large numbers not only in the membership of the association, but also in its management. According to the Hungarian census of December 1938, about 50.4% of the Jews of Košice were employed in industry and trade. The association represented the interests of this group. As a result of the anti-Jewish laws, after 1938 Jewish tradesmen have gradually lost their rights and their association membership too, which is documented in this archival fonds too.

Scope and Content

The collection preserves the documentation of one of the largest local associations of Košice in the period between 1872 - 1952. As far as Holocaust research is concerned, the collection contains detailed information regarding the situation of Jewish industrialists and tradesmen from the period between 1939 and 1944. One might find here various archival materials documenting the anti-Semitism of the population of contemporary Košice (for example in the form of complaints against Jewish industrialists), as well as archival files about the Aryanization of the property of Jewish tradesmen. The collection also contains archival sources concerning the fate of companies or factories that were previously owned by Jews. The city appointed non-Jewish managers at the head of these companies in 1944.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Reproduction

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

Finding Aids

  • No inventory, but only a short description prepared by František Weininger is available.

Archivist Note

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

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0