Hungarian material at Yad Vashem #hungary

henry wellisch <kelwel@...>

I am pleased to see that Sallyann Sack has responded to my original =
message. However >from her response it is still not clear whether the =
wartime Hungarian-Jewish census is available to researchers. Also the =
status of the of the material which was transferred to Yad Vashem >from =
the Hungarian National Archives is also unclear. Is this material =
available to researchers? Has it been sorted? Are there any finding =
aids? I wish some of the Israeli participants (specifically those in =
Jerusalem) of this newsgroup would approach the powers that be at Yad =
Vashem and find out what the situation is.
There is a conference next year in Jerusalem and now is the time to make =
Henry Wellisch

Henry asks about those infamous Hungarian census documents. In the early
1990s, Gabriel Bar Shaked, who then worked at Yad Vashem, showed me (and
others) information >from these censuses. They formed the basis of the =
he described at the 1994 Jerusalem genealogy conference. Bar Shaked no
longer is associated with Yad Vashem, but probably still lives in =

Sallyann Amdur Sack

The article shown below appeared in the summer of 2001 in the quarterly
magazine of Yad Vashem and is reproduced with their permission.
My question is this: Has anybody >from this group ever seen any of =
documents, which may be of great interest. Also what happened to the =
or infamous Jewish census which the Hungarian government conducted =
the war and which is allegedly also at Yad Vashem.
Henry Wellisch

At the end of April, Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, and =
Minister of National Cultural Heritage, Zoltan Rockenbauer, signed an
agreement between the Government of the State of Israel and the =
of the Republic of Hungary allowing copies of Holocaust documents from
Hungarian archives to be transferred to the Yad Vashern Archives.
According to Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Avner Shalev, =
documentation is extremely important for research into the Holocaust =
in Hungary, as it includes, among other information, that which pertains =
the roundup of the Jews prior to deportation, the aryanization of Jewish
property, and the deportation of the Jews, as well as legal documents =
lists of survivors who returned to Hungary at the end of the war. These
documents will be added to the more than 55 million pages of =
already stored in the Yad Vashem Archives.
The agreement concludes a process begun in January 1995, when a team =
researchers, working on behalf of the Yad Vashem Archives, started =
the majority of Hungary's public archives, copying more than half a =
pages of Holocaust-era documentation on to microfilm. That same year, a
personal data protection act relating to archival documentation was =
in Hungary, thus disabling such documentation >from leaving Hungary. In =
as a result of Hungarian governmental involvement, a special agreement =
ease the restrictions was negotiated. Due to various technical problems =
such as the instatement of a new Hungarian government- - copies of the
archival material could not be transferred to Yad Vashem's Archives =
now, through the assistance of the Hungarian Ambassador in Israel, Dr. =
Over the upcoming six months, Hungary will publicize the archival =
of the documents containing protected personal data, in order to allow =
all those desiring for reasons of privacy, to object to their names
appearing on documentation. Following the six-month period, the =
copies will be transferred to the Yad Vashem Archives.

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