Concierges of Budapest as Ordinary Profiteers of the Holocaust in Hungary

A lecture by István Pál Ádám (CEFRES) in the frame of the seminar on Modern Jewish History of the ÚSD AV ČR and CEFRES in partnership with the Jewish Museum.

Where: CEFRES library – Na Florenci 3, 110 00 Prague 1
When: 5 pm to 7 pm
Language: English

During the Second World War, Budapest concierges (in Hungarian, házmester, in Czech, domovník) were a link between the authorities and most Jewish citizens living in the city. This role grew in importance, especially in summer 1944, when a dispersed Budapest ghetto was formed from some 2,000 individual apartment buildings. In his paper, István Pál Ádám seeks to explain the circumstances in which these concierges could acquire a good deal of assets by trying to help the persecuted Jews to survive.