Pusztadobos Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located at the roundabout on Kossuth Street.
GPS coordinates
48.0589, 22.23443
Perimeter length
278 metres (original), 130 metres (current)
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is a wire fence, about 2m high.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is in a good condition, part of the cemetery marked on the cadastral map is now an orchard. The grass is mown.
Number of existing gravestones
57 gravestones: 44 intact and 13 fragments or pedestal bases.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The Jewish cemetery of Pusztadobos was established as early as 1863, since the oldest tombstone found in the cemetery dates to that year. The latest tombstone was erected in 1943. The cemetery is fenced and has a Holocaust memorial.

The first Jews settled in Pusztadobos at the beginning of the 19th century and the Jewish population peaked in 1880 at 93. In 1941, merely 84 Jews lived in the village. Following the Jewish Congress in 1869, the Jewish community in Pusztadobos joined the Orthodox stream (which refused to accept the decisions of Congress). The community had a synagogue, a cheder, a Chevra Kadisha (burial society), and a mikveh (ritual bath). In mid-April 1944, the Jews of Pusztadobos were forced from their homes, loaded onto carts, and confined in the Kisvarda Ghetto, where they were crowded into two rooms. On May 22 they were deported to Auschwitz. After the war, 14 survivors returned to Pusztadobos but they did not revive the Jewish community and left the village soon after.