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of Jewish communities, Slovakia
(Turá Lúka, Slovakia)

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Translation of the
“Turá Lúka” chapter from
Pinkas Hakehillot Slovakia

Edited by Yehoshua Robert Buchler and Ruth Shashak

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 2003



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Turá Lúka
(Turá Lúka, Slovakia)

Translated by Madeleine Isenberg

(Hungarian: Aranyosmarót)

A town in the district of Myjava, in the Nitra region of western Slovakia.


Year Population Jews %
1767 - 9 -
1828 2,692 82 3.1
1880 2,653 150 5.6
1900 2,225 89 4
1930 2,394 16 0.8


Turá Lúka was first mentioned in 1580 as a settlement within the Branč[1] (pron. Brunch”) estate. Its residents, Slovaks, Catholic and Evangelical, made their living in agriculture and raising cattle. Also during the period of the first Czechoslovak Republic, between the two World Wars, its economy was agriculturally-based. In the times of World War II. From March 1939, Turá Lúka was included within the boundaries of the Slovak State and a satellite of Nazi Germany.

Individual Jews, Moravian refugees, settled in Turá Lúka since the first half of the 18th century. And also in the 1768 tax list of the Nitra region, two Jewish families were noted as living there. A Jewish kehila (community) was established in Turá Lúka at the beginning of the 19th century, and with it, Jews from several small surrounding villages also joined. The kehila had a synagogue, cemetery, mikvah (ritual bath), cheder (Jewish primary school), and it belonged to the Myjava (q.v.) rabbinate. In 1869, with the split within the Hungarian Jewish communities Turá Lúka defined itself as Orthodox. For many years, the president of the community was Yonah (Jan?) HABERFELD.

In the 20th century, the kehila diminished with the urbanization process. In the 1930s, only 20 Jews remained, the kehila fell apart, and Turá Lúka's Jews joined the Myjava kehila.

During the 2nd World War, Turá Lúka's Jews belonged to the “Jewish Center” in Myjava. In 1942, most were deported to extermination camps in Poland.


MHJ, vols. VII, XVI

Translator's Note

  1. Pronounced, Brunch. Ruins of the old Branč castle are very close to Turá Lúka, now part of Myjava. (With thanks to Peter Abolon for providing this information.) Return


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