Mateszalka New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The Jewish cemetery is located on Aradi Street. Inside the public cemetery.
GPS coordinates
47.941796, 22.309848
Perimeter length
158 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The main territory of the municipal cemetery is fenced, and the Jewish cemetery is located within this fence.
Preservation condition
Jewish section
General site condition
The gravestones are relatively new, as they date from the 2nd half of the 20th century. The territory is well-maintained.
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
Drone surveys

Historical overview

There are two Jewish cemeteries in Mátészalka. The newer cemetery appears to have been established in the second half of the 20th century, since the oldest gravestone found in the cemetery dates to 1964. The latest tombstone found in the cemetery was erected in 1995. The cemetery is part of the municipal cemetery.

The earliest record of Jews in Mátészalka is from 1784-1785, when 60 Jews were recorded as living in the town. In 1840, 238 Jews lived in Mátészalka. Later, around 1880, the population increased to 738, and by 1930, the community had a population of 1,621 people. The Jewish community was Orthodox. The community had a Jewish elementary school (which employed four teachers in 1928), a Talmud Torah, and (sometimes) a yeshiva. There was a shtiebel (small prayer room) for Hassidim near the synagogue. The synagogue was built in 1857. Actor Tony Curtis—whose family came from Mátészalka—made a significant donation for the renovation of the exterior of the synagogue while visiting the town. A marble plaque on the outer wall of the building is dedicated to the memory of Adolf Zukor, who lived in Mátészalka between 1881-85. In 1941 the Jewish men in the town were taken for forced labour. About 17,000 Jews were confined in the Mátészalka Ghetto (including Jews from towns in the Máramaros district) and later deported to Auschwitz. 150 Jews were living in Mátészalka in 1946.