Conference Proceeding: Cataloging and Digitization of the Archives of the Szeged (Hungary) Jewish Community: A Central European Case Study

Szeged is the third biggest city in Hungary and was a focal point of Neolog Judaism. The archive’s spectrum contains official and private documents from a time span of two hundred years.
In a two-year project, 82 linear feet of the Szeged Jewish Community are digitized and indexed. The archives contain the plans of the world-famous Szeged Synagogue (1907), paintings, and liturgical textiles. These are highly endangered and irreplaceable records that need to be preserved and made internationally researchable. Additionally, the Archive has created a large integrative database from historical and genealogical sites including the 1944 original Holocaust deportation list, plus 1,700 survivors who returned to Szeged in 1945-1946, sources from Yad Vashem, and the archival records. Electronic resources are used to locate maiden names of female Holocaust victims from their Hungarian marriage licenses. This innovative library project provides a comprehensive overview spanning decades recording the Szeged Jewish community.

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