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US Commission No. 000051

Nyirmeggyes is located in Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg (47°55 22°16), 6km from Mateszalka. Present population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Local: Polgarmesteri Hivatal of Nyiirmeggyes Rakoczi ut 17.
  • Regional: Budapesti Orthodox Hitkozseg, of Dob u.35, H-1075 Budapest Phone: (011-361) 132-4333.
  • Caretaker: Pap Jozsef of Nyirmeggyes Katai ut.

The pre-WWII Jewish population (census) was 139. The 19th century Hasidic Orthodox Jewish cemetery's last known burial was pre-WWII. The flat isolated suburban cemetery has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via broken fence and gate with no lock. Pre- and post-WWII size of cemetery is 0.33 hectares.

20-100 gravestones, 25-50% toppled or broken, date from 19th-20th centuries. Vegetation overgrowth and water damage are seasonal problems. The marble, limestone and sandstone flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones or flat stones with carved relief decoration have Hebrew inscriptions. Some tombstones have metal fences around graves. The cemetery contains special memorial monuments to Holocaust victims, but no known mass graves or structures. The national Jewish community owns site. The unused cemetery portion is now used for crops. Adjacent properties are agricultural and residential. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. Local non-Jewish residents do occasional clearing or cleaning. No current threats except weather erosion that is very serious.

Peter Wirth completed survey on 10/12/91. He visited site on 06/12/1991.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2009 01:25
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