Historical Documentation Center for East-Central Europe


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The Historical Documentation Center was established in 1972. It is essentially concerned with the collection and classification of archival material, which it makes available to researchers. The Center has collected personal records and other material of great value concerning mainly the Jews of Hungary and Romania, Transylvania. In addition, the Center received a considerable amount of important material from the Comite International d'Auschwitz in France, then under the presidency of the late Dr. Robert Waitz.

The Archives of the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Studies contain material of three kinds:

The first and main part of the archives consists of 48 boxes directly connected with the Holocaust. The material is stored in boxes according to the subject (like War Criminals, Nazism, the Underground Movements in Hungary, Assimilation, The Little Entente, etc.) and to the country. So, we have several boxes for Transylvania, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, most of the material, however, beingabout Hungary and Romania. This material contains authentic, original documents (dc) or photocopies (ph), reports, correspondence and printed matter (pr.m), i.e. research, leaflets, papers, booklets, etc. We have also boxes for different persons - like Ernest Marton, Georges Mantello, for instance, who participated actively in rescue operations, Otto Komoly who was the leader of the Jewish community in Hungary and left us his diaries, Marton Lajos, founder and director of Uj Kelet Hungarian newspaper in Israel and left a great amount of important documents and correspondence; Zeev Rotics, who was concerned with conversion of Jews, Perec Revesz, Andreas Biss, Laszlo Erno, Armin Beregi. There are also 7 boxes with material about Auschwitz, left by Robert Waitz, president of the Strasbourg Administration of the CIA - the International Auschwitz Committee: documents, correspondence, research, as well as bulletins and books. We have a box with material on Kasztner and 2 others with material on Eichmann: general material, press clippings, documents of the 06 Police Bureau regarding the trial.

Then, also in the first part, we have 4 boxes with testimonies from concentration and extermination camps, 2 boxes with diaries and memoirs written during the war or in the years after; we have one box with all kinds of writings, thoughts, drawings, poems people threw on paper during their years of ordeal. We have one box with letters and postcards sent from camps to families behind or in other camps, altogether more than 500 items. Then, we have 2 boxes with newspapers, another box with photographs, another with personals documents.

The second part of the archives contains material regarding history of the Jewish community in Hungary and in Romania. It may not be directly connected to the Holocaust, but it certainly throws a light on the events leading to it (whether these are newspapers from 1919 until WWII, or precious documents from those years).

The last part, which may seem irrelevant, is, however more of a sentimental value: there are several collections from people, starting from the middle of the 19th century, like the Korosy family, until today; each one of them went through the Holocaust period in some way or another and left with us a lifetime  legacy: Imre Heller, Dr. Emil Feuerstein, Marton Lajos who were interested in the legacy of Hungarian people of Jewish origin and gathered material on the subject, wrote books about the internationally famous Hungarian Jews in all domains, Zwi Zahavi, Rabbi Dr. Fabian Herskowitz, Dr. Miklos Schonfeld, Margit Furth, Istvan Irsay, Fekete Mihaly who left letters, personal correspondence, diaries, research in different fields, whether science, literature, graphics, etc., or books.

Besides, we have several boxes containing hundreds of testimonies of survivors, video cassettes with movies about different episodes from the War and microfilms.

Below you will find four guides which convey the material stored in the Archive.

Guide No.1

Guide No.2

Guide No.3

Guide No.4

Guide No.5

Selected documents have been scanned and published for users' convinience.

The Center is located at Eshkol Tower, 22nd floor. Visits by appointment only.

For more details please contact the archive's staff at

(972)-4-8240741 or (972)-4-8240613

The Archive director: Yolanda Gilad (972)-4-8240851

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