Friday, November 13, 2015

Thousands of Holocaust papers found in Budapest apartment

Documents cataloging residents of Hungarian capital in 1944, just before Jews were packed into a ghetto and shipped to death camps, found inside wall

By Times of Israel Staff

Renovations at an apartment in Budapest uncovered thousands of documents from 1944 cataloging the Jewish population of the Hungarian capital, according to a recent report in the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

The 6,300 documents were found in a wall of an apartment in Budapest that had recently cracked. When the landlord started fixing the wall, the bundles of paper were found stashed inside.

The papers date from just before the confinement of Hungarian Jews to the Budapest ghetto in 1944. In May of that year, city officials drafted a list of the city’s population, differentiating between Christians and Jews, detailing addresses, identities and cost of rent. The newfound documents detail residents from just four of the city’s districts.

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