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Körmend, Hungary:
Vas Megye
47°01' 16°36'
195 km WSW of Budapest

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     Körmend is in Transdanubia, the part of Hungary west of the Danube river.  As of 2005, it had a population of 12,379 inhabitants.  At the intersection of highways 8 and 86, it has long been the economic and cultural hub of the district, which bears its name, as well as a frequent stop for travellers on their way from Hungary to Austria.  The Rába river, a tributary of the Danube, runs through town.  Körmend is also known as the "town of storks", for the rare black stork which nests in the district.
     The name Körmend is derived from the Turkic "Curmend", which means "a shallows, a fortified place", or possibly "a castle".

History of Körmend

    includes listings and information about notable Jews living in or originally from the town, as well as photos of the synagogue and a list of the Rabbis of the town.

The Batthyány Palace

     Census and Population Information
      Transcription of 1771 census

st of WWI Jewish war veterans and casualties

The Holocaust

Vas megye Yizkor Book:
     In addition to the necrology, the Vas megye Yizkor Book includes articles on the histories of the following towns:  Szombathely, Jánosháza, Körmend, Köszeg, Nagysimonyi, Celldömölk, Sárvár, Vasvár, Szentgotthárd, Rohonc (Rechnitz), Muraszombat (Olsnitz), Németujvár (Güssing), and Városszalónak (Schleining), as well as an introduction, poetry, personal recollections, short biographies, other general information, and a section in Hebrew with memorial advertisements.  Below are direct links to articles that have been translated so far.  Anyone wishing to help translate or contribute towards a translation is welcome to contact the webmaster.

Pinkas HaKehillot, Hungaria article on Körmend
     This Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities was commissioned by Yad Vashem and published in 1975.

Families of Körmend:

Reunion 2012
     The webmaster visited Hungary and Israel in June 2012 to meet the relatives found as a result of her genealogical research.  Read about her journey, including a day trip to Körmend and a visit with K. Komjáthy, local historian and provider of much of the information on this web site. 

Cemetery tombstones


Other Vas megye ShtetLinks sites:

Webmaster:  Judy Petersen

Sources for the information contatined on this web site:

     Anonymous (pictures of Körmend and LEBOVICS family)
     D. Pfalzer (NEUMANN family)
F. Unger (RECHNITZER family)
S. Katz (RECHNITZER family)
A. Koerner (KAUDERS family)
J. Jellins and H. Sinai (FRITZ family)
  T. Heinersdorff(RECHNITZER family)
D. Preizler (SCHREINER family)
M. Schon and Y. Schon (LICHT family)
A. Lenard: translations from Hungarian to English
A. Farkas (BRUST family)
I. Woititz (WOJTITZ family)
K. Komjáthy
P. Schreiner (SCHREINER family)
T. Poteat (Ritscher/Elkan famiily)

Web sites:

The Ghetto Fighters House Archives:


<>  The New York Public Library: An Introduction to Hebrew Manuscripts by Joseph Gutmann, Evelyn M. Cohen, Menahem Schmelzer, Malachi Beit Arie

     Historical Atlas of the Holocaust, published by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

     The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, edited by Shmuel Spector and Geoffrey Wigoder

     Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary, by Jordan Auslander

The Politics of Genocide by Randolph L. Braham, published 1994 by Columbia University Press

"Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts as Binding Boards in the Libraries and Archives of Hungary" by Alexander Scheiber; article in the Joshua Bloch Memorial Volume: Studies in Booklore and History, edited by Abraham Berger, Lawrence Marwick and Isidore S. Meyer, published by the New York Public Library, 1960

Traces of the Holocaust: Journeying in and out of the Ghettos by Tim Cole, published by the Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011

The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust, Volume 1; edited by Guy Miron and Michael Berenbaum, 2009

Jewish Zagreb: A Guide to Culture and History by Snješka Kneževic and Aleksander Laslo

Art Nouveau in Croatia published by the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, 2004

A Magyar Hadviselt Zsidók Aranyalbuma az 1914-1918--as Világháború Emlékére by Márton Hegedüs, published 1940 in Budapest, Hungary

The Geographical Encyclopedia of the Holocaust in Hungary, edited by Randolph L. Braham; published by Northwestern University Press; © 2013

Hungarian News Agency (MTI)--Financial Times Ltd.

"Jewish Citizens of Socialist Yugoslavia: Politics of Jewish Identity in a Socialist State, 1944-1974" dissertation by Emil Kerenji

"Building and Breaching the Ghetto Boundary: A Brief History of the Ghetto Fence in Körmend, Hungary, 1944" article by Tim Cole, University of Bristol, published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 23, no. 1 (Spring 2009), pages 54-75

Map of Jewish owned homes courtesy of the Dr. Batthyány-Strattmann László Múzeum, Körmend, Hungary

images donated by K. Komjáthy courtesy of the Holocauszt Emlékközpont (Holocaust Memorial Center), Budapest, Hungary

Forum: Társadalomtudományi Szemle, XIII.  évfolyam 2011/4 Somorja

NAGY, Zoltan: Körmendi Agyagpipák--M
űködhetett-e agyagpipa-készitő központ a XIX. század eleji Körmenden?
"Clay Pipes of Körmend: Could a Clay Manufacturing Center Have Functioned in Körmend at the Beginning of the 19th Century"
Vas Szemle (Vas Review), Szombathely, HU

Compiled by Judy Petersen
Last updated by JP
September 2016
Copyright © June 2008 Judy Petersen

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