Hungary / Carpathian Foothills

Sátorajújhely

Portrait of Moshe Teitelbaum (1759-1841) © National Library of Israel, Schwadron collection

The region is famous for its rebbes, heads of Hasidic communities whose followers revered their thaumaturgical and magical powers.

The city of Sátorajújhely, where 4000 Jews lived in 1939, houses the mausoleum of Moses Teitelbaum. Born in Poland in 1759, he founded a dynasty of rebbes in Hungary, Galicia, and Romania. Every day, legend has it, Teitelbaum dressed in rags and climbed Mount Sator to see of the Messiah had come.

The archives in the city hall contain documents in Hebrew available for examination.