6,300 Nazi Holocaust Documents Found Behind Wall of a Budapest Apartment

A vast and historically valuable trove of Holocaust-era documents, long thought destroyed during World War II, has been found hidden in a wall cavity by a couple renovating their Budapest apartment. The haul of 6,300 documents are from a 1944 census that was a precursor to the intended liquidation of the Hungarian capital’s 200,000 Jews in Nazi death camps. This census contains the names of Jews and Christians alike.

61 kilogrammes (135 pounds) of dusty papers were found. The forms found in the Budapest apartment contain names of each building’s inhabitants, and whether they are Jewish or not, with total numbers of Christians and Jews marked in the corners. The yellowed papers were given to the Budapest City Archives where they are being prepared for long-term preservation.

Most of Budapest’s Jewish population survived the war.

You can read more in an article in The Telegraph at http://goo.gl/zUOcEm.

My thanks to several newsletter readers who told me about this new resource.

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wow!! this will surely mean a lot to Jewish genealogists!!…. and of course to families that survived … Bravo!

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WOW!!! is right but not only means a lot for the Jewish but for those other people living there.

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Remarkable trove, without a doubt. But should we wonder about how accurate the census distinctions are between Christians and Jews? If the census relied on the subjects to self-identify, how many Jews in mid-Europe, as late in the war as 1944, would volunteer that prospectively-controversial information to a government scribe? Many of the subjects would be resolutely proud and determined to maintain their Jewish identity, while others might have decided not to cooperate with what could rapidly become a very malign agenda.

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    in many of the Jewish cases… their names alone would identify them.. since they were the providers of the info. The Govt most likely already knew who they were, Hiding was not always an option…. since the area they lived in would almost always give away who they were

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For the sake of families everywhere, I hope these papers will eventually be put on the web. Definitely a treasure trove.

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Quite a find, and well preserved hidden in between the walls. It’s wonderful to find those lost, now found. So many families have either closure or hope. Praise the Lord for such a great couple finding these and sending them on for review.

Thanks you for sharing with us!

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