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Until the Holocaust, Jews, who made up about half of Stropkov, owned most of the stores in town, dealing in groceries, fabrics, salt, lumber and building materials. Jews were also farmers, tavern keepers, bankers, teachers, lawyers, butchers, bakers, leatherworkers, metalworkers, shoemakers, seamstresses, tailors, and cobblers…. But for all their efforts, mos lived in poverty. Even into the twentieth century, few Jewish Stropkovers had running water, ice boxes, telephones, or radios. But they enjoyed a spiritually rewarding way of life.
Shtetl Variant name: Stropko (Hungarian)
lies just below the yellow border.
Stropkov lies just below the yellow border.
World War One,
· 1938: The Slovakian government adopts anti-Semitic economic and social measures.
· August 1944: Slovak National Uprising defeated.
· 1945: Slovakian
Liberation by the
· 1991: "Velvet
Revolution" creates the
Dateline Jewish Stropkov
· c1650: Jews arrive in Stropkov, possibly fleeing Polish pogroms.
· c1700: Jews are exiled from Stropkov to Tisinec, a village just north, where they establish the Tisinec Jewish Cemetery.
· c1800: Jews return to Stropkov.
· c1800-1942: "Mother" Stropkov, the largest Jewish congregation in the area, shares her religious facilities (synagogues, burial societies, kosher butchers, rabbinical court, mikveh, and school system) with Jews in nearby "daughter" villages.
· 1892: Jews dedicate the Stropkov Jewish cemetery, discontinuing burials in Tisinec.
· 1939: The anti-Semitic Hlinka Party controls the Stropkov Town Council.
· 1942: Jews of Stropkov-area number c2000 souls.
1942: Hlinka deports Stropkov-area
· October 1944: Countrywide Deportations resume.
· November 1944: Russian Forces liberate Stropkov.
· c100 Stropkover Jews survive.
Visit Stropkov, sixty years later
Research Links and Databases
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in Holocaust Resources:
Fate of the May 23, 1942 transport to Rejowiec, Poland
Names, Their Fate-- listing Jewish Stropkovers 1942-45: those
who perished, those who survived
from Amsel, Melody, Between
Galicia and Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov, (
Yad Vashem Shoah Names Database
JewishGen Holocaust Global Registry
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