Apagy Old Jewish Cemetery Memorial Park

Cemetery Information

Site address
The Jewish cemetery is located on Béke Street, to the east of the Municipal cemetery.
GPS coordinates
47.96038, 21.92978
Perimeter length
177 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The memorial park is surrounded by a hedge, about 1.5 metres high.
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
The cemetery is demolished, but on its original territory (next to the municipal cemetery) there is a memorial park where in the shape of circle are established 17 Matzevot. It is next to the memorial made of stones and plants. On the corner some litter was found. The cemetery is fenced by a hedge, but it is not protected as there is no gate which could be closed.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved. In the memorial park: 17. The dates on tombstones refer to the memorial park.
Date of oldest tombstone
1872 (?)
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The older Jewish cemetery in Apagy presumably existed as early as 1870, as it appears on the cadastral map of that year. The cemetery was destroyed, but the remaining gravestones were arranged into a memorial park. The earliest legible date on the gravestones is 1872, while the latest preserved gravestone dates to 1918.

The first statistical data in 1828 recorded 32 Jews as living in the village, and the number remained the same until 1840. After the construction of the Nyíregyháza—Vásárosnamény railway in 1904, Apagy became a local commercial hub. Subsequently, the Jewish population grew, and, at its peak, numbered 160 individuals, constituting almost 13% of the total population. Following this, the Jewish population in Apagy began to decrease and, in 1941, there were merely 105 Jews in Apagy. By 1944, there were 92 Jews, all of whom were deported to Auschwitz. There are no traces of a Jewish presence in Apagy after 1945.