Hungarian Documents Microfilm Index
Compiled and Edited by Clara Garbon-Rodnoti
The Holocaust Memorial Center Library Archive has in its possession 180 microfilm reels of Hungarian National Archives documents relating to Jews in Hungary during World War II. These were donated to our Center by Prof. Randolph Braham, author of the monumental reference work, Politics of Genocide and numerous other books and articles on the subject of Jews in Hungary. These reels were created in the 1960’s, from records of Hungarian government agencies; Office of Military Chief of Staff (VKF); country/district/city/town/village administrations; police and gendarmerie headquarters; courts and local Jewish communities. Included here are a wealth of genealogical records: birth, marriage and death certificates going back as far as the mid-19th century as well as ghetto and deportation lists. Hungarian historian and archivist Elek Karsai served as Project Director. Three copies of the entire set were produced and were distributed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO and the Holocaust Memorial Center Library Archive in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Hungary, an ally of Germany, cooperated with the German authorities and was eventually occupied by the Nazis on March, 19, 1944. With acquisition of new territories and entire Jewish populations, anti-Jewish legislation intensified with the end result being ghettoization, deportation, expropriation and death. The materials in this collection document the legal and illegal means by which the Hungarian, German and local authorities accomplished their goals.
The majority of the documents are in the original Hungarian language. The microfilm reproduction is not always clear and is, on occasion, illegible. Hungary was divided into zones for administrative purposes to facilitate the implementation of new laws. At times, the entire country was affected, and so noted and at other times only regions and or individual communities.
The Index is divided into columns arranged by reel number, date, issuing body, document title, location, brief description, and a column noting whether names of individuals are listed. In cases where there are detailed listings of names, the “YES” is capitalized. There are numerous instances where complete communities are listed in full, with address, and occupation of individuals. The entire index is keyword searchable.
Without this bibliographic aid, these documents would have remained an area of research not readily available to the public. The easy access allows what was once inaccessible, to become a glaring witness against the perpetrators who decimated Hungarian Jewry. The historical and genealogical importance of this documentation cannot be underestimated.
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is indebted to Clara Garbon-Radnoti (nee Popper), a Holocaust survivor from Budapest, for undertaking and completing this exceptional reference tool.
View the Hungarian Documents Microfilm Index.
Copyright ©2011 Hungarian Microfilm Index compiled by Clara Garbon-Radnoti, Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan