Jewish Hungarians and Hungarian Jews

Jewish Nobles and Geniuses in Modern Hungary. WILLIAM O. MCCAGG. Boulder: East European Quarterly, 1972. Pp. 254. $9.00. (Available in Canada through McGill-Queen's University Press)
Canadian Slavonic Papers 17 (1975): 306-307

The Hungarian Labor Service System 1939-1945. RANDOLPH L. BRAHAM. Bolder, Col.: East European Quarterly, 1977. x, 159 pp. $11.00. (Distributed by Columbia University Press).
in Canadian Slavonic Papers - Revue Canadienne des Slavistes. Vol. 21, No. 1 (March 1979): 137-138.

A Brief Outline of the History of the Jews of Hungary

"A görög, örmény és zsidó kereskedök szerepe a XVIII. századi Erdély gazdaságtörténetében."

[The Role of Greeks, Armenians and Jews in the Economic Life of Transylvania in the Eighteenth Century]. Tanulmányok Dányi Dezsö 75. születésnapjára (Budapest:KSH Könyvtár és Dokumentációs Szolgálat, 1996): 124-130.

"Hidden Urbanization:The Birth of the Bourgeoisie in Mid-Nineteenth Century Hungary." Jews in the Hungarian Economy, 1760-1945:Studies Dedicated to Moshe Carmilly-Weinberger on his Eightieth Birthday. ed. Michael K. Silber (Jerusalem:Magnes Press, 1991): 119-141.

"A View from the Embassy:László Velics and Occupied Greece 1941-1944." Eastern Europe and the West; Selected Papers from the Fourth World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies, Harrogate, 1990. ed. J.D. Morison (London and New York:The Macmillan Press and St. Martin's Press, 1992):102-128.

Canada and the Hungarian Jewish Refugees 1956-1957 (short)

Canada and the Hungarian Jewish Refugees 1956-1957 (long study, soon to be published)

Kanada és a magyar zsidó menekültek

A Jewish spy...

Jewish Who's Who in (Buda)Pest, 1837-1845

Data compiled and edited by Peter I. Hidas, Ph.D.
Retired professor of history (Dawson College, Montreal)


At the beginning of the 1980s, taking advantage of my newly acquired computer learning I began studying the nineteenth century demography of the Hungarian Jews. I gathered most of the necessary data in the archives of Budapest, namely in the national and the city archives. My findings, a statistical analysis of the urbanizations of religious groups in mid-nineteenth century Hungary, were presented at a conference in Jerusalem in January 1988. In 1992 the Hebrew University of Jerusalem published the study along with the works of other historians under the title Jews in the Hungarian Economy 1760-1945. ed. Michael K. Silber. You can find my essay "Hidden Urbanization: The Birth of the Bourgeoisie in Mid-Nineteenth Century Hungary", on the internet at:

Not all of my research material was incorporated in my original study. In the archives I found several enumerations of the Pest Jews. These lists were prepared by the authorities for taxation purposes and to establish legal residence in the town. The 1837 roll contained the listed person's occupation, legal status, town of birth, and date of arrival Budapest Föváros Levéltára, Pest Város Levéltára [Budapest Capital City Archives], Tanácsi Iratok [Council Papers, Archivum novum, 1814-1847, 1837]. I matched the 1837 roll against a 1845 list which I found in the Hungarian National Archives (Feudális-kori kormányszervek osztálya [Department of Feudal Age Government Organs (I. osztály) [First Department] C szekció [C section] ­ Helytartótanácsi Levéltár ­ 1848 (1913), C 55, Departmentum Judaeorum, 1724-1876]. Here each person's yearly income was also added. I further followed up the list in the contemporary press (Pester Lloyd) and various registries (e.g. Chamber of Commerce) and the prominent members of the business community in the book by Professors Charles Vörös and Vera Bácskai (Károly Vörös, Budapest legnagyobb adófizetöi 1873-1917 (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1979; Vera Bácskai, A vállalkozók elöfutárai [The Forerunners of Entrepreneurs](Budapest, Magvetö, 1989))

The list is not complete but numerically close to the number of Jewish families present in Pest in 1837. In 1833 there were 1356 Jewish families (6,983 persons) in the town. It is hoped that many of you will find traces of your family you are searching for in order to put more leaves on your family tree.

Peter I. Hidas Ph.D.
Retired professor of history (Dawson College, Montreal)