Lessons from history: interesting facts about the past of banks in Uzhhorod
The Stories about the active development of the banking sector in Uzhhorod date that back to the time of the Subcarpathian Rus existence. The Details of this interesting topic are revealed by the journalist @Tetiana Literatі in one of the sections of the popular project "Lost Uzhhorod".
According to the author, it was really a period when the region developed actively, so the Uzhhorod's banks operated almost as much as now. The names and addresses of nine bank institutions were presented in the "Czechoslovak Republic Adresses list" and it concerned the town having only 20,000 people.
That time the building (now it's the building of the National Bank's office on Pushkin Square) in the Small Galagov district hasn't yet been constructed for the needs of "Národní banka Československá" ("People's Bank of Czechoslovakia") branch, so it was placed on the Koriatovycha square, 23. The Institution moved to a new massive building located on the then Tyršovo Square somewhere in the early 30's.
The Uzhhorod branch of the "Slovenská banka" ("Slovakian bank") operated in the "Bercsényi" hotel at the then Koriatovycha Square, 1.
And the "Dunajská banka" ("Danube Bank"), which was simply called in Hungarian "Dunabank", worked on Malmotstetska Street (now it is the beginning of Voloshyna Street to the so-called "cross").
Instead, a branch of the Agrarian Bank worked in the beautiful building at the corner of the Petőfi Square corner and the Pravoslavna embankment (now its facade is being repaired). It was the first Czechoslovak bank opened on the Subcarpathian Rus territory. It began its operating within February 1920, and after three years it moved to its own building located on the corner of the then Masaryk Square and the Palatsky embankment. The head of the department as of 1936 was Stanislav Rivola.
However, that time "Subcarpathian Bank" was the most well-known bank in Subcarpathian Rus undoubtedly. It became a true interwar sensation, it developed rapidly and successfully, and the people who founded the one and worked there, namely, Voloshyn, Grabar, Brashchayko, Grendzha-Donsky, Babota, Shandor and others, gave names to many modern streets of Uzhhorod and other Transcarpathian cities.
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