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Mezőkövesd Cemetery is fenced in. Address: Cseresznye u. 96. [March 2009]

 

Located in Csereszyne utca, Mezokövesd, Borsod District, Hungary at 47°81'67" 20°58'33", about 30 km. from Miskolc. Present town population is 5,000 - 25,000 with fewer than 10 Jews.

  • Caretaker and keyholder: Imre Gal, Cseresznye utca 75, Mezokövesd. (Telephone: 06-49-313-866)
Jewish community dates from at least 1840 (from when population records are available.) Jewish population as of 1941 census was 798.

The unlandmarked urban cemetery location is within the town boundaries of Mezokovesd, but isolated on flat land with no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open with permission. A continuous masonry wall and a gate that lock surround the cemetery. Present size of cemetery is approximately 1200 square meters.

100-500 gravestones are visible in cemetery, regardless of condition or position with less than 25% broken or toppled. Vegetation overgrowth and water drainage in the cemetery are not a problem. Tombstones date from the 19th century at least. The flat shaped stones, obelisks, and finely smoothed and inscribed tombstones and memorial markers have inscriptions in Hebrew and Hungarian. No known mass graves.

The national Jewish community probably owns the cemetery property is now used for Jewish cemetery use only [apart from caretaker's goats]. Properties adjacent to cemetery are residential. Occasionally, local residents and private visitors (Jewish or non-Jewish) visit. The caretaker has notebook to record visitors. Care includes stones re-erected, broken stones patched, vegetation cleared, and wall and gate fixed [i.e. in good condition by local non-Jewish resident [caretaker]) and possible Jewish individuals within country. The regular unpaid caretaker is allowed to keep his goats in the cemetery as recompense. A small building currently containing goats - original purpose unknown – exists. No threats.

David Sperlinger (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) completed this survey in November 2003 having visited in October 2003. He also consulted "Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Hungary" for information. A yizkor books exists, but was inaccessible.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 15:39
 
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