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 =
preparations.
Henry Wellisch
Toronto


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 =
work
he described at the 1994 Jerusalem genealogy conference. Bar Shaked no
longer is associated with Yad Vashem, but probably still lives in =
Jerusalem.

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 =
these
documents, which may be of great interest. Also what happened to the =
famous
or infamous Jewish census which the Hungarian government conducted =
during
the war and which is allegedly also at Yad Vashem.
Henry Wellisch
Toronto

At the end of April, Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, and =
Hungarian
Minister of National Cultural Heritage, Zoltan Rockenbauer, signed an
agreement between the Government of the State of Israel and the =
Government
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, =
this
documentation is extremely important for research into the Holocaust =
period
in Hungary, as it includes, among other information, that which pertains =
to
the roundup of the Jews prior to deportation, the aryanization of Jewish
property, and the deportation of the Jews, as well as legal documents =
and
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 =
documentation
already stored in the Yad Vashem Archives.
The agreement concludes a process begun in January 1995, when a team =
of
researchers, working on behalf of the Yad Vashem Archives, started =
examining
the majority of Hungary's public archives, copying more than half a =
million
pages of Holocaust-era documentation on to microfilm. That same year, a
personal data protection act relating to archival documentation was =
passed
in Hungary, thus disabling such documentation >from leaving Hungary. In =
1997,
as a result of Hungarian governmental involvement, a special agreement =
to
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 =
until
now, through the assistance of the Hungarian Ambassador in Israel, Dr. =
Janos
Hovari.
Over the upcoming six months, Hungary will publicize the archival =
transfer
of the documents containing protected personal data, in order to allow =
for
all those desiring for reasons of privacy, to object to their names
appearing on documentation. Following the six-month period, the =
microfilm
copies will be transferred to the Yad Vashem Archives.

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