In 1804, a
small number of German farmers were invited to start an agricultural
village in northeastern Hungary on land belonging to the Schoenborns, a
noble family of German origin.
to its location west of the Carpathian Mountains and near the borders
of several countries, this village has changed time and again as
successive governments, political ideologies, emigration, wars, and
economic trends have all left their marks. At times these changes
radically altered the village, most notably in World War II. While a
few villagers remained in 1944, many others left, and their descendents
found throughout Europe and North America.
site is devoted to the people and history of this village which was
first called "Sophiendorf,"
and is now "Zofia."
Our goal is to share research and stories gathered from many different
sources - from those who once lived in Zofia those who still do, and
anybody else interested in the fascinating history of this region, now
part of Ukraine. Please browse through the pages and download the PDF
history book, which contains footnoted historical research, personal
stories, and photos of Zofia.
is a living project, and we strongly encourage anyone with ancestral
information, history, or their own family stories to contact us at the
email address below (and on the "Contact us" page) to share their
knowledge. This site will be updated frequently, so check back often to
see what's new.
Revision: February, 2009
to PDF book
the story of the Schwarz family...a Jewish family living in the
village...as told by