Tarpa Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The Jewish cemetery is located next to the municipal cemetery on the south western side of the settlement.
GPS coordinates
48.10087, 22.53346
Perimeter length
140 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is a wire fence, about 1.5m high.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is in an average condition. The wire fence is damaged, however the grass is mown. Broken fence.
Number of existing gravestones
84 gravestones: 80 intact & 4 broken or pedestal bases.
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 Tarpa was established as early as 1931, since the oldest tombstone found in the cemetery dates to that year. This cemetery remained in operation until at least 1944, the year in which the latest tombstone was erected. The cemetery has been fenced

While the first Jews settled in Tarpa in the mid-18th century, the first record concerning the Jewish community is from the 1880 census, when 195 Jews were recorded as living in the village. The Jewish population increased over the following decades: 229 Jews lived in the village in 1920, and 245 by 1930. The community had a cheder, a Chevra Kadisha (burial society), a mikvah (ritual bath), and a synagogue. In 1876, the community affiliated with the Orthodox stream, following the Schism in Hungarian Jewry. In 1941, the young Jewish men from the village were conscripted for forced labour. Following the German occupation of Hungary, the Jews of Tarpa were gathered in the synagogue and soon transferred to the Beregszász Ghetto, from where they were later deported to Auschwitz. Only 19 Jews from Tarpa survived the war and returned to the town, though they all left soon after.