Garesnica Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Bjelovarsko-bilogorska županija
Site address
The cemetery is located on Matije Gupca Street (at the entrance of city), 750 metres north of the Matije Gupca 220.
GPS coordinates
45.6065, 16.93365
Perimeter length
122 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is relatively well-maintained, as the local community mows the grass. The plot is very large, however, and is also used for agricultural purposes. The local community plan to separate the actual cemetery plot from agricultural land on cadastral maps.
Number of existing gravestones
18. There is one partisan’s grave (not included in the above count)
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Garešnica is a small town in Bjelovar-Bilogora County, located in the Moslavina region. The first written mention of Garešnica dates to 1277, when King Laszlo IV gave the estate to Bishop Timofey of Zagreb. In 1543, the Turks destroyed the settlement and its surroundings. Most of the population fled to safer areas of the country, while others were enslaved. In the mid-17th century, a Catholic Croatian population settled in the region, near the Lonja and Sava rivers. The settlement, established in 1774, was named “Dorf Garesnicza,” according to the first military survey map. In 1829, there were 1,160 households in the town, 819 of whom were Catholics and 4 of whom were Orthodox residents. The first Jewish families settled in Garešnica in the early 19th century, after which the first shops in the town opened and crafts trades developed. The Jews in Garešnica worked primarily in trade. While relations with the locals were usually good, in November 1918, influenced by anti-Semitic propaganda, local peasants and soldiers attacked Jewish merchants. The anti-Semitic agitators accused the Jews of raising prices and of “Bolshevism.” The damage from the pogroms was estimated at 500,000 crowns. In 1921, 51 Jews lived in the town and, in 1931, 53 Jews lived there. During World War II, the Jews of Garešnica were sent to the concentration camps.

18 graves are preserved in the Garešnica Jewish cemetery. The oldest tombstone dates to 1901, and the latest to 1939. After the Second World War, the cemetery was abandoned.