also known as: Lehócz (HU), Lehovce (CZ), Liakhivtsi (RU)
48°33'43" N / 22°28'37" E
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was part of the Kingdom of Hungary (11th century - 1920 and 1938-1944) with the name of Lehócz
in Ung megye (county), next part of Czechoslovakia (1920-1938) with the name of Lehovce
in Podkarpatská Rus (Sub-Carpathia), then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1945-1991) with the name of Liakhivtsi
and, since 1991, known as Lyakhivtzi, in the Uzhhorodskiy rayon (district) of Zakarpats'ka oblast (county) of Ukraine.
Other spellings/names for Lyakhivtzi are Ľachovce.
Lyakhivtzi is located about seven miles northeast of Khust (Huszt).
Jews probably settled in Lyakhivtzi in the late 18th century.
In 1880, the Jewish population was 102 and by 1910, the Jewish population decreased to 52.
By 1921, during the Czechoslovakian period, the Jewish population dropped to 45. A number of Jews were engaged in agriculture and commerce.
By 1930, the Jewish population dropped to 34.
With the Hungarian occupation of Lyakhivtzi in March, 1939, Jews were persecuted and pushed out of their occupations. In 1940-41, Jews from Lyakhivtzi were drafted into forced labor battalions and others were drafted for service on the Eastern front, where most died.
By 1941, the Jewish population had decreased to 33 and it was at this time, a few Jewish families without Hungarian citizenship were expelled to Nazi occupied Ukrainian territory, to Kamenets-Podolski, and murdered there.
The remaining Jews of Lyakhivtzi were deported to Auschwitz late May, 1944.
A great many of the Jews from Lyakhivtzi were murdered in Auschwitz and any survivors settled elsewhere.
In 2001, Lyakhivtzi had about 430 inhabitants and no Jews live there today.
Sources (portions): Budapest, c. 1941
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