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Jewish families from Sečovce, Slovakia (Galszecs, Hungary)

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For a good overview of Jewish Secovce see:


Mgr. Martina Diheneščíková has undertaken a study of the Jewish Community of Secovce which will cover the community from the time of its founding through the Holocaust. Two Slovak language publications can be found online.

Here is the English language abstract for the first publication:

Link: (see pages 87 to 99)

The Jewish community in Sečovce was one of the oldest and most influential Jewish communities in eastern Slovakia. The aim of this study is to capture life, events and circumstances around the origin of this strong Jewish community, which lived in Sečovce for about two hundred years and was instrumental in shaping the character of a former little town. It captures first references to Jews and also their migration in the 18th century. It most extensively focuses on the events of the Jewish community in the flourishing 19th century and also the period at the turn of the century up to the First World War. This article contains a list of main jewish buildings in Sečovce at the turn of the centuries. It also pays attention to the Kochanovsky Jews, to the famous native of Jewish ancestry, Emery Roth, and to the Jewish cemeteries. Given the broad issue of the interwar period and the Holocaust, this study does not discuss them, because it is preferable to process these periods in the form of additional, independent study.

Here is the abstract for another of the publications: (see pages 54 to 66)

The following article is chronologically the third about Jewish community in Sečovce, which is being mapped since its beginnings in 18th century. During the Slovak State of 1939-1945, a great change happened in the life of the community, which was previously religiously, economically, politically, socially and culturally thriving. The article provides primary archival records which shows how discriminatory laws, liquidations of companies and Aryanization of Jewish property phased out Jews from economic and social life. The topic of Holocaust itself will be the subject of the second part of this study.

The Secovce chapter in the Encyclopaedia of Jewish communities in Slovakia covers the following topics:

  • About the History of the Community
  • The Jews between the Two World Wars
  • The Holocaust Period
  • Post War

Access the chapter here:

The list of names in the Secovce Yizkor book can be found here:

Address of Slovak National Archive (holds pre-1900 vital records):

Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic (Ministerstvo Vnútra Slovenskej Republiky) Odbor Archivníctva a Spisovej Služby Krížiková 7, 811 04 Bratislava The Slovak Republic

The email address of the Director is: