Concierges of Budapest as Ordinary Profiteers of the Holocaust in Hungary

6 June 2017 - 5 PM

Istvan Pal Adam (CEFRES, Prague)

During the Second World War, Budapest concierges (in Hungarian, házmester, in Czech, domovník) were a link between the authorities and most Jewish citizens living in the city. This role grew in importance, especially in summer 1944, when a dispersed Budapest ghetto was formed from some 2,000 individual apartment buildings. In my paper I seek to explain the circumstances in which these concierges could acquire a good deal of assets by trying to help the persecuted Jews to survive.


Modern Jewish History Seminar

The seminar is intended to provide a platform for academic discussion about the latest research on Jewish history especially of the last three centuries. Though primarily focused on the Jews of central and east central Europe, the seminar also includes topics related to the Jews of other regions. The seminar is further enriched by including topics not directly concerned with Jews, but enabling one to see Jewish history from other perspectives (for instance, the perspective of other marginalized communities).

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