We are pleased to announce that our new protective fencing at the Sokolce Jewish cemetery in the Nitra region of Slovakia is now complete. This project took place in cooperation with Židia na Slovensku, the Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia.
The oldest tombstones at the Sokolce Jewish cemetery date back to 1877. At this time, Sokolce was situated in the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as part of the Hungarian Kingdom. However, Jewish communities in the Nitra region are thought to be some of the oldest in Slovakia and can be traced back to the 12th Century. The latest tombstone at the Sokolce Jewish cemetery dates back to 1927, which marks the period shortly before the rise of antisemitism in Slovakia. During the Holocaust, more than 100,000 of the 140,000 Jews living in Slovakia were murdered. Most of these people were deported to extermination camps in Poland in 1942. As a result, Sokolce no longer has a Jewish community. There is also almost no information and research on the history of the Jewish population of the village.
We would like to thank the Auswärtiges Amt, the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, who generously funded this project. The Sokolce Jewish cemetery is now clean and fully fenced with a gate. Thanks to our work, we have been able to preserve the last physical testament to the Jewish Community of Sokolce, ensuring that the centuries of Jewish settlement in the region of Nitra are not completely forgotten.