THE FORMER JEWISH COMMUNITY OF LOWER AND UPPER SALIBY (Niekdajsia zidovska komunita v Dolnych a Hornych Salibach)
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One can find only a few short surveys in the regional literature about two small Jewish neighbouring settlements in Matyusfold. On the basis of them one can broadly outline their history. This study analyzes two sources which have not been used in literature: the cemeteries and the civil registers. Findings from these and other sources should broaden our understanding of these communities. The cemeteries and the civil register comprehend almost the same period: a half century between the last decade of the 19th century and the end of the 1940s, with a lot of references back to the middle of the 19th century. These records offer an insight into the migration of the Jewish families to the herein examined villages, to their practice of name-giving, the social composition and the religious institutions of the local Jewish community, the consequences of the anti-Jewish legislation and the fate of the Jews in Saliby during the Holocaust.
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