Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Međimurska županija
Site address
Kralja Tomislav Street (in the forest at the entry to the town).
GPS coordinates
46.3458, 16.81104
Perimeter length
73 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery area is heavily overgrown and all gravestones are broken.
Number of existing gravestones
7 gravestone fragments or basements are visible, though clearing of vegetation could reveal more. No Hebrew inscriptions were found.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Kotoriba is a town and municipality in the Međimurje County, in northern Croatia. Historians are unsure when the town was established, but some believe that Kotorbia was built in the 16th century during the fight against the Turkish invasion. The first known record of the town goes back to 1620. In 1715, there were 100 houses with 500 inhabitants.

By 1772, the population of Kotorbia was 1163 people, the majority of them Croatian. In 1860, Kotorbia was the first town in Croatia to build a train station during the development of the railway system. There is little historical record of the Jewish population of the town. The Jewish population belonged to the nearby community of Koprivnica. In 1849, the local Jewish cemetery was built and existed until the 1990s. In the cemetery, there was only little that remained of some preexisting monuments in the end.

Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery
Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery
Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery
Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery
Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery
Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery
Kotoriba Jewish Cemetery