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Kosice is located S of Presov. The urban, hillside cemetery, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign, but has Jewish symbols on gate or wall. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via a masonry wall and locking gate. 500-5000 marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and other materials 19th-20th century tombstones, all in original locations, are flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, flat stones with carved relief decoration, or multi-stone monuments. Some have metal fences around graves. Inscriptions are Hebrew, German, Slovak, and Hungarian. There is a pre-burial house in the cemetery. The local Jewish community owns the property. Adjacent properties are other cemeteries. Frequently organized Jewish groups, tours, and private visitors visit. Re-erection of stones, cleaning stones, clearing vegetation, and fixing of wall is maintenance. There is a regular caretaker. No threats, but vegetation is a seasonal problem, preventing access. date?
town images Alternate name: Kassa. [February 2009]
UPDATE: Haaretz , April 23, 2002 . "Vandals destroy Slovak Jewish graves" By Reuters. "BRATISLAVA - Vandals damaged more than 100 graves at a Slovak Jewish cemetery in what local officials called the country's worst attack on the Jewish community since the second world war, the TASR news agency has reported. Quoting witnesses to the damage, TASR said Sunday that police had begun an investigation into the damaged gravestones in the oldest Orthodox part of the largest Jewish cemetery in Slovakia, located in the eastern city of Kosice. Two police spokesmen contacted by Reuters said they had no official information on the incident. Jaroslov Franek, a spokesman for the Jewish community in Slovakia, told Reuters he could not confirm the TASR story. According to the agency, police have not ruled out a connection between the vandalism and the 113th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth on Saturday. Witnesses said the vandalism appeared to have been committed by a rather large group of people." [April 2002]
history with names. Kosice is a large city in eastern Slovakia, near the Ukranian and Hungarian borders. The Jewish cemetery is tiny and remote, hidden among trees. With 10-15 grave markers, the site is not fenced with no indication as to grave location. Juraj Czikk, a doctor in Košice (phone number 62 53836), showed us the site. The cemetery must have been larger at one time, as there were a number of synagogues in Košice.
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