Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting, via Zoom
Sunday, January 23 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Letters to Jozef Tiso, President of the Slovak State 1939-1945
Speaker: Madeline Vadkerty
In connection with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27
Between 1939 and 1944, thousands of ordinary people wrote to then-President Jozef Tiso of the Slovak State about the so-called "Jewish question.” Some wanted mercy from anti-Jewish persecution, others coveted Jewish property. Why did these individuals write to Tiso? How did the President’s Office process the letters? What fates awaited the Jews who wrote to him? In her talk, Madeline Vadkerty will answer these questions and describe her research at the Slovak National Archive. She will also read some letters to Tiso and discuss their outcomes, as well as discuss the fates of the letter writers. She will describe what the contents of the letters reveal about the scope and nature of anti-Jewish persecution in the Slovak wartime state.
Madeline Vadkerty is a Samuel P. Mandell Fellow in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Gratz College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing her PhD. She is the author of the book Slovutný pán president: Listy Jozefovi Tisovi (Your Honor Mr. President: Letters to Jozef Tiso) published in March 2020. She is from the United States but is currently living in Bratislava to carry out her research. Her work has appeared in several Slovak and US journals and her book is currently in its second printing.
followed at 2:30 by...
Czech Records in the JDC Archives Names Index
Speaker: Jeff Edelstein
Jeff Edelstein will give a presentation on Czech Records in the JDC Archives Names Index following Madeline Vadkerty’s featured talk. He will discuss records of Czech Jews recently added to the JDC Archives Names Index. These include an index of Emigration Service Case Files from JDC’s Prague Office, 1945-1950; a set of index cards from JDC’s Vienna Office of Jews who fled Czechoslovakia during the period of the Prague Spring, 1967-1968; and an index of transmigrants from across Eastern Europe who received assistance from JDC in Vienna and Rome during the Cold War era, 1946-1988.
Jeff Edelstein is Digital Initiatives Manager at the JDC Archives. His responsibilities include management of the collections database and website, the digitization of text collections, and the JDC Archives Names Indexing Project. Prior to his arrival at JDC in 2013, he had a long career in academic reference publishing, culminating as project director of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. He holds a BA from Amherst College, an MA from Columbia University, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.
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