About the Project

The Cataloging of Jewish collections of the Historical Archives of Sombor is a comprehensive project of the Historical Archive of Sombor which includes work on unpublished archives from the fonds: The Magistrate of the Free and Royal City 1749-1918 and Birth, Marriage and Death Records 1718-1949 that refer to Jewish sources. These documents have been selected, transcribed, translated and digitised and are made accessible through this online database.

The work on the project consisted of several stages. The project began with the research on sources created in Latin, German, Hungarian and Serbian, and continued with the selection of sources related to the Jews of Sombor and Bačka county. Following this an inventory was made as a prerequisite to publish documents from both fonds in the online database. The documents are fully translated into English and Serbian, along with transcripts of the original documents and digital images, and all four versions are presented online in this database.

The head of the project is Dr. Haris Dajč (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), and the researchers engaged in the project are: Prof. Dr. Nikola Samardzic (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Dr. Vladimir Abramovic (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Dr. Maja Vasiljevic (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Dr. Milica Kisić Božić (University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy), Dr. Dejana Vasin (University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy), MA Borislava Ristivojević (Historical Archive of Sombor), MA Anastazija Mako (Historical Archive of Sombor) and Isidora Jež (Historical Archive of Sombor). The collaborators on the project at the University Library Belgrade “Svetozar Marković” are Dr. Adam Sofronijević (University Library Belgrade “Svetozar Marković”) and MA Nikola Smolenski (University Library Belgrade “Svetozar Marković”). This project is supported by the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe. The partners of the Historical Archive of Sombor on this project are the University Library “Svetozar Markovic” and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia.