database of Hungarian-speaking Jews in Europe during World War II #hungary

John Hoenig

I would like to call your attention to a new, searchable database of interest to those with Hungarian-speaking relatives in Europe during World War II. 


In 1944, three non-governmental organizations in New York, the World Jewish Congress, the Zionist Organization of America, and the International Rescue and Relief Committee, compiled lists of people in Hungary and Hungarian-speaking lands that wanted to immigrate to Palestine. The lists are comprised of nearly 9,400 people in about 2600 families from Hungarian-speaking lands in present-day Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Serbia. About a third of the people lived in Budapest, a third in the rest of present-day Hungary, and a third in territory occupied by Hungary.

The lists identify families and contain names, ages, and towns. In many cases, they also contain detailed descriptions of extended families (cousins, in-laws, etc.) and street addresses. Early lists were sent directly to the Jewish Agency for Palestine. After the creation of the US Government’s War Refugee Board, the lists were sent to the Board for forwarding to the representative of the Jewish Agency in Istanbul. The lists are in the records of the War Refugee Board at the F.D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York, and appear online in three pdf files as follows: (folder 1) (folder 2) (folder 3). 


The database is described in a recent article available at:  


and It can be searched online at 


If you request a copy of the original document, you will receive one of the three pdf files listed above. Note that the pdfs are searchable so, if the typing in the original is clear, you should be able to find the record of interest easily. Otherwise, the online database gives the page number and you can flip through the file to the appropriate page.  


I had wanted to donate this database to JewishGen but, for reasons that are unfathomable to me, JewishGen was uninterested. The next issue of AVOTAYNU will contain an article in which I describe the holdings of additional relief agency archives which contain Holocaust-related records of interest to genealogists and family historians. Unfortunately, most of those records are not indexed. 


John Hoenig, Williamsburg, VA 

Searching HONIG/HONIG (Transylvania), PELLER (Jablonow, Kolomea, Stanislaw), FITZER (Radauti, Stanislaw, Brzezany) 


John M. Hoenig

Professor of Marine Science | Department of Fisheries Science

Virginia Institute of Marine Science | PO Box 1346 (1375 Greate Rd), Gloucester Pt., VA 23062


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