Nagyecsed Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The entrance to the cemetery is located at the corner of Kossuth Lajos and Dózsa György streets.
GPS coordinates
47.86104, 22.38869
Perimeter length
216 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is a concrete fence, around 2 metres high.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery looks well looked after and restored. Some gravestones seem restored, and on some, the names of Holocaust victims have been added.
Number of existing gravestones
31 gravestones were located.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
1928 (there is a 1944 gravestone visible, but it is, most likely, a cenotaph).
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The Jewish cemetery of Nagyecsed was established as early as 1901 – the year which is marked on the oldest tombstone found in the cemetery. The latest tombstone was erected in 1928. The cemetery is fenced, and some of its tombstones were restored, to which the names of Holocaust victims were added.

The Jewish community in Nagyecsed was founded around 1740 and came under the jurisdiction of the Nyírmeggyes Jewish community for many years. In the 1850’s, 16 Jews, accounting for 1.23% of the total population, lived in the settlement. The synagogue was built around 1850. The Jewish population in the settlement steadily increased in the following decades, with 117 Jews in 1880, 355 in 1910, 533 in 1930, and 586 in 1941. The Status Quo Ante Jewish community of Nagyecsed had 569 members, including 59 of whom taxpayers. They did not have a rabbi. The Jews of Nagyecsed were taken to the Mátészalka Ghetto and later deported to Auschwitz.