Hungary SIG #Hungary Re: Antisemitism in Eastern Slovakia in the Middle of the 19th Century #hungary

Vivian Kahn


Your relative's comment is puzzling because eastern Slovakia and
Transylvania were both part of Hungary in the mid-19th century.
Although the attitudes of the local residents may have differed,
government policies would probably have been the same. The second
half of the 19th century was a "golden" age for Hungarian Jews. I
was amazed to see how many Jewish names appear in the 1897 directory
of large leaseholder and landowners in what is now eastern Slovakia.

>from what I've heard, the ethnic Romanian attitude toward Jews was
far more hostile than that of ethnic Hungarians. My father's family
were >from formerly Hungarian areas of what is now eastern Slovakia.
They fled west to what is now Hungary during WWI but moved back to
the new Czechoslovakia after the Treaty of Trianon. Appears that
the Czech government was more hospitable toward Jews in the 1920's.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, CA

Researching families including:

GRUNVALD/Kosice, Humenne, Slov.
KOHN/Zebegnyo, Hung. (Zebehnov, Slov.), Tarnoka (Trnavka, Slov.)
LEFKOVITS/Kolbaszo (Kolbasov, Slov.), Kismihaly (Michajlov, Slov.)
MOSKOVITS/MOSKOWITZ/MOSS, Sobrance, Kosice, Michalovce, Lastomir,
Slov; Uzhorod, Ukr.; NYC, Cleveland
NEUMANN/Sobrance, Michalovce, Kristy, Slov.
POLACSEK/Sobrance, Zemplen
ROZENBERG/Sobrance, Uzhorod,
STEIF/Sobrance, Slov., Horjani, Ukr. (Gereny, Hung.)

Dear Genners,

An elderly relative assisting me with researching my Grunwald
lineage in the Austro-Hungarian empire, indicates that the family
migrated >from what is now Slovakia to Transylvania (Romanian part)
around the middle of the 19th century, due to antisemitism. Can any
of you confirm and elaborate more on this subject?

Best Regards,
Shaul Sharoni,

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