Jewish Council –
days after their entry into Hungary, the Germans ordered the Budapest
Jewish community leaders to establish a Judenrat, a proven instrument the
Nazis used in the past to convey orders and instructions to the Jewish
community through their own elders with the objective of keeping the
community quiet and giving the illusion of self-rule, all in preparation
to ship them to their death.
Stern the president of the Jewish Community was nominated as the president
of the Judenrat. Stern was a successful banker and bore the title of
Hofrat, that of adviser to the Royal Hungarian Court. He was assisted by
Lajos Stoeckler and Miksa Domonkos in running the eight member council,
which included Erno Boda, Erno Peto, Karoly Wilhelm, Samu Csobadi, Samu
Kahan-Frankel, Fűlop Freudiger, and Nison Kahan.
council functioned under Eichmann’s direction; aided mainly by Krumey and
Wisliceny It was considered a compliant body.
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