Vrbovec Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Zagrebačka županija
Site address
1, Brčevec Street.
GPS coordinates
45.873872, 16.419500
Perimeter length
127 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
The site is empty and recently cleaned. There are some nearby structures made by a stonemason.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Vrbovec is a town in Zagreb County located to the northeast of Zagreb (the city). The first recorded information about the existence of the settlement dates to 1244. In the 15th century, Vrbovec was described in records as a market town, where artisans lived, and fairs were organized. At the beginning of the 20th century, the town was the economic and cultural centre of the area. A cheese factory and a brick factory were built there. In 1857 Vrobovec had a population of 781 which grew to 1,713 by 1910. There is little information available about the Jewish community in Vrbovec. In 1931 57 Jews lived in the town and a Jewish cemetery was established at the end of the 19th century, where 50 tombs and a Ceremonial Hall are still currently standing. There were no Jews in the town after the World War II and Jewish property was sold in 1951.