also known as: Mezőgecse (HU), Meze (CZ), Gecha (RU)
48°03' N / 23°29' E
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was part of the Kingdom of Hungary (11th century - 1920 and 1938-1944) with the name of Mezőgecse
in Bereg megye (county), next part of Czechoslovakia (1920-1938) with the name of Meze
in Podkarpatská Rus (Sub-Carpathia), then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1945-1991) with the name of Gecha
and, since 1991, known as Gecha, in the Berehivskiy rayon (district) of Zakarpats'ka oblast (county) of Ukraine.
Other spellings/names for Gecha are Hecha and Getcha.
Gecha is located about 6 mi. S of Berehove (Beregszász).
Jews probably settled in Gecha in the late 18th century.
In 1880, the Jewish population was 19.
With the Hungarian occupation of Gecha in March, 1939, Jews were persecuted and pushed out of their occupations. In 1940-41, dozens of Jews from Gecha were drafted into forced labor battalions and others were drafted for service on the Eastern front, where most died.
In 1941, a few Jewish families without Hungarian citizenship were expelled to Nazi occupied Ukrainian territory, to Kamenets-Podolski, and murdered there.
The remaining Jews of Gecha were deported to Auschwitz late May, 1944.
A great many of the Jews from Gecha were murdered in Auschwitz and any survivors settled elsewhere.
In 2001, Gecha had about 1,030 inhabitants and no Jews live there today.
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