JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Researching Slovakia #general

Vivian Kahn


The entire country of Slovakia was part of Hungary prior to the end of the World
War I and is within the scope of the Hungarian SIG. In fact, my father and many of
my paternal ancestors come >from that part of Hungary. Slovakia became part of the
new nation of Czechoslovakia in 1921 but the Nazis transferred part of the area
back to Hungary in the late 1930's because Hungary was part of the Axis.

H-SIG volunteers have already indexed thousands of records that are searchable in
the JewishGen Hungary Database. These include records >from the Hungarian National
Archives in Budapest as well as records >from other archives in Hungary and
Slovakia. Our collection includes vital and census records. We have also helped to
transcribe headstones >from cemeteries in Slovakia and have created a number of
KehilaLinks websites, such as the one I did for Sobrance. Additional information is
available on our website at including links to a
1943 phone directory covering all areas that were part of Hungary in 1943,
including lands in the eastern part present-day Slovakia, a Slovak Pronunciation
Guide, city maps, and guides to research in Slovakia. H-SIG has also underwritten
session speakers on Slovakia at the IAJGS conference.

Any researcher with questions is welcome to contact me off-list.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, California
JewishGen Hungarian SIG Coordinator

From: "Merle Kastner" <
Does anyone have suggestions for Jewish research in Slovakia (formerly part of
Czechoslovakia)? There is no SIG that addresses this area, but there was a
sizeable Jewish population at one time.

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