Hungary SIG #Hungary H-SIG at the Summer Conference #hungary

Vivian Kahn

Dear Friends,

There's still time to take advantage of the reduced registration rate

for the IAJGS NY Conference. Check for information about sessions.

In order for us to plan for H-SIG events at the conference it would
be very helpful to know how many H-SIGrs
will be attending the Hungarian SIG luncheon on Tuesday August
15,2006 (12:30 PM-01:45 PM). and annual
business meeting. We are still in negotiations regarding the
program for the H-SIG luncheon and, although
we cannot provide details at this time, expect that you will want
to join us once you learn about the program.
We do not yet have info about the day or time of the H-SIG meeting

but will let you know ASAP.

Please check the appropriate spaces below and let me know if you will

be at the conference and which meetings you plan to attend:

Yes, I will be at the IAJGS Conference ______________________

Yes, I plan to attend the H-SIG Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 15

Yes, I would like to attend the H-SIG business meeting

In addition to the H-SIG events, the preliminary program includes
several sessions that will be of
particular interest to H-SIG subscribers.

--Hidden Treasures in the Libraries of Budapest: Andras Koltai will
describe little-known but
highly useful sources including collections at the Library of the
Jewish University (regional
publications and old
Jewish documents), Szab=F3 Ervin Library Budapest (Budapest collections

with old register
books, phone books etc.), and the Sz=E9chenyi Library (Jewish
newspapers >from 1880-1940)

--Transcarpathian/Hungarian Research and Travel: Archives, Villages
and Cemeteries: Alex
Dunai will talk about how town visits, documenting and restoring
local cemeteries, and
alternative sources of information on Jewish life in this region
such as land records and city
directories. He will also show what resources are available in
the towns of Munkacs, Uzhgorod
and Hust/Khust, where the ZAGS (civil records) office holds vital
statistic registers for numerous
villages in that county.

--Theresienstadt - The Town Hitler Gave to the Jews: Henry Wellisch
will focus on the history
of the town and the establishment of the ghetto that Germans tried to

use this place for counter
propaganda purposes. There are plans for including the showing of

a partially preserved
26-minute film that was made at Terezin. Tens of thousands of
Jews, many >from what is now
present-day Slovakia were incarcerated in this camp. Some records
have been saved and the
presentation will discuss the various sources available.

--Computer Training Workshop: Hungarian Research on the Web--I will
be leading a hands-on
session offering advice and tips about finding and using on-line
resources, some of which are in
Hungarian. . This workshop may be most helpful for those who are
beginning to research their
Hungarian roots but will also provide information that will be of
assistance to those with somewhat
more experience who may not be familiar with the wide range of
Hungarian resources the internet offers.

As mentioned before, we need your help to make all this possible. If

you're going to the conference
and want to help enhance the event for all of us with Hungarian
roots, please consider making a
special donation to the Hungarian SIG General Operations Fund.
Several people have asked if
they can request that previous donations be transferred to the
H-SIG General Operations fund to help support H-SIG at the conference.
The answer is yes, you can!

Some of the H-SIG accounts that
have funds to spare include the 1848 Census Project, the Memorial
project, the Sub-Carpathian Project,
and the Zemplen County project. If you donated funds to any of
these accounts and would like to make
them available to support speakers of interest to H-SIG members,
please contact me off-list.
For example, since there is no Sub-Carpathian Project at this
time, those who donated funds may
want to transfer donations to help Alex Dunai come to NY to offer
practical info for those of us researching
roots >from this part of pre-Trianon Hungary.

To take advantage of the $215 early registration rate for the IAJGS
Conference, your registration
must be submitted by May 15, 2006. This promises to be the
largest IAJGS conference ever and
rooms are no longer available at the Marriott Marquis at the
reduced conference rate. However,
after registering for the conference at you can still reserve a hotel

room at the New York Fifth Avenue
Courtyard by Marriott. Go to
for more information You can also
attend at the Conference at the daily rate available Sunday through

Thursday for $75 per day (no
syllabus provided). It is more economical to register for the
entire conference if you plan to attend
more than 3 days and once you take a look at the preliminary
program I'm sure you won't want to miss a day.

H-SIG has been experience unprecedented growth so I'm looking forward

to meeting many new "landsmen"
this summer as well as seeing lots of old friends.

Minden jot!

Vivian Kahn, Hungarian SIG Coordinator

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