The Orthodox synagogue had congregants who were craftsmen or merchants, but the majority farmers. (One owned a 5200 acre estate.) Charity donation was prevalent. In the 1930s, a Zionist society prepared pioneers for aliyah with training in agriculture. Mr. Klein doubled as teacher in the cheder and as shochet. Judge Icig, the community leader since 1900, was forced to resign during the "White Terror". The men were taken into forced labor. In April 1944, the Jews remaining in Nyirkarasz were taken to the ghetto in Kisvarda and then to Auschwitz. Only a small remnant returned as most of them moved to larger cities or emigrated. [February 2009]
Cemetery: The cemetery has been restored with the help of the US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. Source: Bulletin vol.2, issue 1.
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