Piricse Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery occupies a triangular shaped plot between the Dózsa György and Béke streets.
GPS coordinates
47.774920, 22.145200
Perimeter length
200 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
This is an extremely endangered territory. People use the path through the cemetery on a daily basis. Which has led to a lot of litter at the site. It is also overgrown.
Number of existing gravestones
9 gravestones were visible from outside and about 30 more were located with the drone.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The Jewish cemetery of Piricse was established as early as 1870, since it appears on the cadastral map of that year. The cemetery remained in operation until at least 1944, the year in which the latest tombstone was erected. The cemetery has not been fenced.

The first Jews settled in Piricse around the beginning of the 19th century. 22 Jews lived in the village in 1840 and increased to 171 by 1880. The Jewish population later decreased. In 1910, 98 Jews lived in Piricse, and by 1941 only 69 Jews remained in the village. In 1944, prior to the deportations, 50 Jews lived in the village. The Jewish community of Piricse joined the Orthodox stream in 1867. They built a synagogue around the mid-19th century. In the 1940’s, in years until the deportations, the Jewish community employed a shochet (butcher) named Sámuel Grosz, who was also the leader of the community. In 1944, following the German occupation, the Jews were taken to the Nyiregyhaza Ghetto and were then transferred to the nearby Nyirgespuszta Ghetto. On May 25, they were deported to Auschwitz. During the war, the synagogue was used as a stable. Eleven survivors returned to Piricse. They did not revive the community and soon left the village.