Always a project #hungary


Louis Schonfeld <Lmagyar@...>
 

During my visit to Israel I was told by Professor Michael Silber, the
foremost scholar of Hungarian Jewry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem,
that there existed an index, called a "Regista", of documents housed at the
Berehovo archives. This index lists documents housed at that archive which
involved Jews in court cases, disputes that involved the government and
other forms of interaction with the government. Written in Hungarian, each
summary is about ten lines, and there are approximately fifteen summaries
per page. The entire Regista is about 150 pages. The Regista was prepared
perhaps 10-15 years ago by a professional researcher who was hired (by
whom?) specifically for the purpose of creating this index. A copy of the
Regista exists at the Central Archives of the Jewish People, located on the
Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Thanks to the
cooperation of Hadassah Assouline, one of the directors of the institute,
and a long time friend of genealogists I was mailed a copy of the Regista.
The cost/contribution to the institute of $200 was very reasonable.
Furthermore, I requested and received permission to create a database of the
Jewish names and towns mentioned in each summary of the Regista. This index
of the index (Regista), when completed, will allow us to easily search for a
name, and then request a copy of the complete summary. Since each summary is
also identified by a distinct number, it will be an simple task to identify
any summary included in the Regista. Each listing (record) in the database
will, at a minimum, include the
name, town of residence and ID number for each summary. Fantasizing (and I
use this word deliberately) one step further, it may then be possible to
request by mail or in person a copy of the original document itself >from the
Berehovo archive.

Another tidbit >from my meeting with Professor Silber:

Recently, Debbi Korman, in a message to the H-sig, correctly informed us
that only certain counties of the 1848 census had been microfilmed by the
LDS and were therefore available to us. Now (last month), I learn from
Professor Silber, chair of the Rosenfeld Institute for Hungarian Jewish
Studies, at the Hebrew University, that the entire 1848 census has been
discovered (re-discovered?), and a copy is in the possession of Dr. Gyorgy
Haraszti of Budapest. Together, they plan to digitize the entire census and
make it available on a CD. That, of course, is exciting news; however, Prof.
Silber added that it will be years until the work is completed. I offered to
solicit and organize teams of volunteers who would help transcribe and input
the data. He seemed interested, and we will need to follow up on this
possibility.



Best wishes

Louis Schonfeld
Cleveland, OH

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