Szatmarcseke Jewish Cemetery 1

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located to the east of the large curving turn in Petőfi Street.
GPS coordinates
48.08467, 22.6383
Perimeter length
236 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is a 1.5m barbed wire fence.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is in an average condition.
Number of existing gravestones
31 gravestones: 26 intact & 5 broken or pedestal bases.
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

The Jewish cemetery of Szatmárcseke was established as early as 1840, since the oldest tombstone found in the cemetery dates to that year. The latest tombstone was erected in 1939. The cemetery has been fenced.

The first Jews settled in Szatmárcseke in the second half of the 18th century. According to census records, 59 Jews lived in the village in 1840 and increased to 114 by 1880. The Jewish population later decreased and by 1941 68 Jews remained in the village. The Jewish community had a mikveh (ritual bath), a kosher butcher house, and a charity organization. In 1876, the community affiliated with the Orthodox stream following the Schism in Hungarian Jewry. The synagogue was consecrated in 1884. By 1941, the young Jewish men of the village were conscripted for forced labour. After the German occupation of Hungary in 1944, the Jews of Szatmárcseke were concentrated in the local ghetto. They were soon transferred to the Kölcse Ghetto followed by the Mátészalka Ghetto and were then deported to Auschwitz. According to the Yad Vashem database, about 70 Jews from Szatmárcseke were murdered in the Holocaust.