Certificates from the World War II

The IV. Law of 1939 (or as more known the second anti-Semitic law) ordered that no more than 6% Jewish employees at certain state places were allowed. This law was a step toward the extermination of many hundred thousands Hungarian people who had Jewish religion, therefore it is impossible to write about this without strong emotions.

One consequence of this law was that if somebody wanted to work in a position regulated by it, the person should produce certificates demonstrating that he is no Jew for three generations (the law was more detailed and there were exceptions, but it is not relevant here). Some of these certificates remained in our family. They are authoritative copies of the original birth and marriage certificates, issued by the archives. Because off that they are excellent sources of family information, especially if the original papers were destroyed (like the certificates in Kárpátalja) or hard to be available (like those in Romania). These papers are distinguishable by a note on them: "1939. évi IV. tc. alapján térítésmentes" meaning the certificate is free by the IV. law of 1939.


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