also known as: Szarvasrét (HU), Pusňakovce (CZ), Poznyakovtsi (RU)
48°37'19" N / 22°43'17" E
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Puzniakivtsi was part of the Kingdom of Hungary (11th century - 1920 and 1938-1944) with the name of Szarvasrét in Bereg megye (county), next part of Czechoslovakia (1920-1938) with the name of Pusňakovce in Podkarpatská Rus (Sub-Carpathia), then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1945-1991) with the name of Poznyakovtsi and, since 1991, known as Puzniakivtsi, in the Mukachevskiy rayon (district) of Zakarpats'ka oblast (county) of Ukraine.
Other spellings/names for Puzniakivtsi are Puzňákovce, Pusnjakowzy and Poznyakivtzi.
Puzniakivtsi is located about 17 miles N of Mukacheve (Munkács).
Jews probably settled in Puzniakivtsi in the late 18th century.
In 1880, the Jewish population was nnn (of a total population of n,nnn).
By 1921, during the Czechoslovakian period, the Jewish population rose to nnn. A number of Jews were engaged in agriculture. Of the youth groups, the most active were the Orthodox, such as Pirhei Agudat Israel.
With the Hungarian occupation of Puzniakivtsi in March, 1939, Jews were persecuted and pushed out of their occupations. In 1940-41, dozens of Jews from Puzniakivtsi 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 increased to nnn 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 Puzniakivtsi, about nnn, were deported to Auschwitz late May, 1944.
A great many of the Jews from Puzniakivtsi were murdered in Auschwitz and any survivors settled elsewhere.
In 2001, Puzniakivtsi had about 538 inhabitants and no Jews live there today.
Sources (portions): The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, (2001) p. 416
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