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Jewish Families from Lendava, Slovenia

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This project seeks to document all of the Jewish families from the town of Lendava, Slovenia, a town that was until 1920 part of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Lendava lies in the NE part of Slovenia in the region of Prekmurje. The name of the town was Alsólendva (slov. Dolnja Lendava) in the period before 1920, when Alsólendva was a district of the Zala county in the Kingdom of Hungary.

The first census of the population in the beginning of the 18th century mentions two Jewish merchants, and the subsequent censuses showed an increasing Jewish population composed of merchants, inkeepers, distillers, mead producers, lawyers, and physicians. They played an important role in the economy of Lendava, owning a local hotel, a few pubs, and stores. Local Jews also started the first bank in Lendava. A Jewish school opened in 1850 and it was active until 1921, but was destroyed in 1999. The last rabbi in Lendava was Mor Lowy.

The synagogue in Lendava is one of only two synagogues left in Slovenia and there is also a well preserved Jewish cemetery of the Jewish community of Lendava in the village of Dolga Vas, immediately north of Lendava.

See Anyakönyvek, 1871-1895 (film 1794270 Item 2) for the births, marriages and deaths registered for Lendava and other surrounding towns in Slovenia and Hungary.

Many of the Jewish records from 1895-1918 are among the Civil Registrations available online or on microfilm through at "Állami anyakönyvek, 1895-1919."

History of the Jews in Slovenia

Lendava Synagogue

Dolga Vas at Lendava, Jewish Cemetery