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Jewish Population of Velikiye Komyaty

Velikiye Komyaty was founded in 1345

  • 1698- The number of Jews was very small according to tax records from the governmental lists. There were only 6 Jewish families in all of Ugosca county in 1698, involved in the making of wine (production & selling).

  • 1728 - There were no Jews living in Velikiye Komyaty, according to the census taken that year.


  • 1743 - According to the census of 1743 one Jewish family lived there. It's believed they came from Galicia.

  • 1820 - Ugocsa County had a Jewish population of 27. Nagy & Magyarkomjat were towns in Ugocsa County, Hungary. Nagyszollos was it's capital.

  • 1840 - 4.1% of the population of Ugocsa County was Jewish (Yiddish mother tongue).

  • 1851 - Nagy & Magyarkomjat had a population of 1238 Greek Catholics and 5 Roman Catholics. No Jews lived there.

  • 1862 - There were 1498 Greek Catholics and 556 Roman Catholics living in Komjat. No known Jews.

  • 1877- According to the 1877 Dvorzsak Gazetteer of Hungary, Magyarorszag Helysegneviara tekintettel a kozigazgatasi, the Jewish (izr.) population of Magyar Komjath was 67 and Nagykomjat was 229.



  • 1880 - According to The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust, there were 296 Jews out of 2,230 people living in Komyat in 1880.

  • 1900 - The number of the Jewish population in Komjat increased to 393 out of a total population of 5,714.

  • 1921 - The Jewish population of Velikiye Komyaty increased to 416 by 1921. The majority were farmers, 11 were tradesmen and 7 were artisans.

  • 1926 - There were 160 Jews living in Velikiye Komyaty in 1926, according to the International Jewish Cemetery Project.

  • 1939 - The Hungarians occupied Velikiye Komyaty in March 1939. A few dozen Jews were sent to forced labor battalions. Many were sent to Kamenets-Podolski where they were murdered.

  • 1941 - According to a Hungarian Census taken in 1941, there were 413 Jewish people living in "Magyar Komjat".

  • Prior to WWII, according to survivors from Komjat, there were about 75 Jewish families living there prior to the war.

  • April 16, 1944 – The Germans came into Komjat, rounded up all of the Jewish residents, collected their valuables and gathered them into the synagogue.  The priest and his son spoke to them, offering to save them if they would convert.  No one accepted the offer. 

  • April 17, 1944 - The Jews of Komjat were sent to the ghettos in both Nagyszollos and Munkacs where they remained for almost a month. A few tried to escape.

  • May, 1944 - The remaining Jews were deported to Auschwitz in the second half of May 1944. The very young, elderly and infirmed perished within a few hours of arriving at Auschwitz.

  • 1945 - After the war, of the few that survived, some returned to Komjat, hoping to meet their loved ones. It is believed that a few remained in Komjat. Most left disappointed, ended up in displaced persons camps and later settled in America, Israel or other countries.

  • 1979 - Komjat had a popultion of 6,293 Ukrainians. The number of Jews is unknown, although it's beleived that a few Jews who returned to Komjat after the war, remained there.

  • Today - There are no Jews living in Velikiye Komyaty today. The population is about 7,000.

Additional information on the History of the Jewish People in Hungarian be found at -


Yivo's Encyclopedia of Jews of Eastern Europe/Hungary


A Wikipedia article -"History of the Jews in Carpathian Ruthenia"

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