Krizevci New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Koprivničko-križevačka županija
Site address
The entrance to the Jewish section is located across the street from 39, Helenski Road.
GPS coordinates
46.042778, 16.537953
Perimeter length
210 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is fenced, as part of the local community cemetery.
Preservation condition
Jewish section
General site condition
The Jewish section is well-maintained. The arcades are being slowly repaired. There is some graffiti on the arcades.
Number of existing gravestones
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Arcades (an analogue of the standard ohel with multiple graves inside).
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Križevci is the oldest town in Koprivnica-Križevci County, located 57 km from Zagreb. The ancient Croatian town in Prigorye was first mentioned in records in 1209. The notion of Croatian statehood was founded and defended there. In the Middle Ages, Križevci was a fully operational town, having gained the status and prerogatives of a free royal town, and was the centre of Križev county. Later, under Turkish rule, the town and its surrounding areas were burned several times. The economic and demographic renewal of the town began in the 17th century. At this time, relations between civil and military authorities were stabilized, roads were repaired, and trade flourished.

Jewish merchants first visited Križevci in the 16th century. The Jews who settled in the area came from Moravia and Austria. Jews initially settled in villages near the town as a 1729 ban prohibited their settlement in the town proper. Every Jew (until the mid-19th century) paid a tax of 2 forints for the right to trade and live in the town. While an organized Jewish community was established by 1844, one Jewish merchant was granted official resident status in 1830. In 1844 there were 10 Jewish families living in the town, and in 1899 there were 210 Jewish individuals in Križevci. Most of the members of the community were merchants or people of free professions. The Jewish community was moreover noted for their knowledge of all the spoken languages of the area. In 1895 a beautiful synagogue was erected in the town, the construction of which cost 45,000 forints. One famous rabbi from Križevci was Rabbi Leopold Leib who served the community from 1866 to 1895. Some Jews from the town served and died during World War I and a monument was erected in the New Jewish cemetery in their memory. The Jewish population in the Križevci later declined because of the post-war economic crisis. By the 1930’s, only 183 Jews remained in the town. The Jews of Križevci suffered a tragic fate during the Holocaust. The synagogue was desecrated and looted, and the Jews were sent to the concentration camps. After the war only 9 Jews returned to the town. The local authorities did not return the synagogue to the Jewish residents, turning it into the House of Culture instead (now it currently is a tourist centre). By 1960 there were only 2 Jews left living in the town.

The New Jewish cemetery was established in 1899 as part of the new local municipal cemetery. It had about 100 monuments with inscriptions in German, Hebrew, and Croatian. The oldest tomb dates to 1895 and the latest to 2004. There are five family ohels (mausoleums) adjacent to one another with burials dating between 1920 and 1938.