Alexandroupoli Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
Site address
The cemetery is located on Kessanis Street, on the wasteland opposite the crossroads of Kessanis and Vizantos Streets, 20 metres to the west of the house at 8, Kessanis Street.
GPS coordinates
40.85063, 25.88938
Perimeter length
120 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The territory of the cemetery is now a wasteland. It is littered and overgrown with bushes.
Number of existing gravestones
20. The clearing of the site can reveal more tombstones.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

There was a small Jewish community in Alexandroupoli in the early 20th cent. It operated a school and numbered 48 families in 1912. The community dwindled in the 1920s and became financially distressed in the 1930s. The Jewish population in 1940 was 165 (of a total population of 15,472). The Germans placed Alexandroupoli under Bulgarian rule in April 1941, when the Jews numbered 197 (of a total population of 14,000). Jewish movement was restricted and severe anti-Jewish measures were introduced. On 3rd-4th March 1943, the Jews were rounded up and taken to a camp in Bulgaria. On 19th March, they were transported to the Treblinka death camp via Vienna. Of the 15 Jews from Alexandroupoli who survived the war, none remained there after 1960.

The Alexandroupoli Jewish cemetery was founded in the early 20th century.