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Correspondence of wife and husband Janko during the First World War


Zsigmond Jankó in Matild Kovács



The Jankó couple's letters written in the First World War were found in 1999 in an old house in Motvarjevci. The find is invaluable as there are over 400 letters written over four years. Correspondence, a very fine example of the exchange of messages of that time, between the hinterland and the soldier serving on the frontline who later became hospitalized. Matild's letters are also interesting. She wrote daily about conditions at home. She wrote about harvesting, farm work, farm animals, prices, village and neighborhood events, village gossips, other women's adultery, thefts, accidents, catastrophes, illnesses, and lost and missing villagers, Zsiga’s friends.

Information on digitization

Name of site
Other settlement names
Size description
različne velikosti
400 kosov
Place of origin/discovery
Motvarjevci, vzhodna in romunska bojišča prve svetovne vojne, vojaške bolnišnice
Name of institution or personage holding object; identification number of object
Pokrajinski arhiv Maribor /Maribori Területi Levéltár SI_PAM/1958 Jankó Zsigmond
Written sources
Vágyakozás a lövészárkokból: egy szécsiszentlászló házaspár, Jankó Zsigmond és Kovács Matild levelezése az 1. világháború alatt, 2014. Lendva: Magyar Nemzetiségi Tájékoztatási Intézet; Maribor: Területi Levéltár = Lendava: Zavod za informativno dejavnost madžarske narodnosti; Maribor: Pokrajinski arhiv.
File name
Restrictions on use
Brez omejitev
Date of documentation
Person documenting
Gordana Šövegeš Lipovšek

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