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Hodoš (pronounced [ˈxóːdɔʃ]; Hungarian: Hodos or Őrihodos, German: Hodosch) is a town in Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Hodoš. It is part of the Prekmurje region.

Skyline of Hodoš
Hodoš is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°49′42.50″N 16°19′26.00″E / 46.8284722°N 16.3238889°E / 46.8284722; 16.3238889Coordinates: 46°49′42.50″N 16°19′26.00″E / 46.8284722°N 16.3238889°E / 46.8284722; 16.3238889
CountryFlag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional regionPrekmurje
Statistical regionMura
 • Total12.5 km2 (4.8 sq mi)
258 m (846 ft)
 • Total280



Hodoš was first mentioned in written sources in 1331 as de Hudus-feu (and as Hodos in 1452 and 1453). The name is probably based on the hypocorism *Xodošь, from the Slavic personal name *Xodъ. A less likely possibility is that the name is derived from the Hungarian common noun hód 'beaver'.[2]

Mass gravesEdit

Hodoš is the site of two known mass graves associated with the Second World War and immediate postwar period. The Cold Valley Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče Mrzla dolina) is located in the woods northwest of Hodoš, southwest of a small lake, in a ravine known as the Cold Valley (Mrzla dolina, Hungarian: Hideg-völgy). It contains the remains of seven or eight ethnic Hungarians (or possibly German soldiers) that were killed when the Red Army arrived in April 1945.[3] The Barracks Mass Grave (Grobišče pri vojašnici) is located north of Hodoš, about 75 m from the Hungarian border. It contains the remains of a group of Hungarians that illegally crossed the border in 1945. They were shot and their bodies were thrown into an abandoned well.[4]

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people that were born or lived in Hodoš include:


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 160.
  3. ^ Cold Valley Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
  4. ^ Barracks Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
  5. ^ a b c Savnik, Roman, ed. 1980. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 4. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. pp. 296–297.

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