Rakovo Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located behind the village council office at 21, Tsentral’na Street.
GPS coordinates
48.69901, 22.64243
Perimeter length
103 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery site is used as a waste dump.
Number of existing gravestones
1. According to Lo Tishkach expedition report, ten years ago, there were three gravestones at the site. ESJF expedition found only one gravestone.
Date of oldest tombstone
1915 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Jewish Cemetery in Rakovo was established in the 19th century. It was not marked on a cadastral map of 1863. In the 2000s, Lo Tishkach expedition photographed a broken gravestone of 1867, which was not preserved. Presumably, the cemetery was used until WWII.

Jews probably settled in Rakovo in the late 18th century. In 1880, 22 Jews resided in the town. In 1910, the Jewish population grew to 50. By 1921, during the Czechoslovakian rule, the Jews numbered 55. Jews were engaged in commerce and agriculture. In 1930, the Jewish population reduced to 41. Hungarian army occupied Rakovo in March 1939, and the Jews were persecuted. Some Jews were drafted into forced labour troops. Others were sent to the Eastern front, most of them perished there. In 1941, 64 Jews were living in Rakovo. Jewish families without Hungarian citizenship were expelled to the German-occupied Kamyanets’-Podils’kyy, where they were murdered. In late May 1944, the remaining Jews of Rakovo were deported to Auschwitz. No Jews live in the town today.

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