Located in forested area on hill below the main active Christian cemetery, Western Slovakia in district of Myjava, 20 km. approximately from Piestany. Present total town population: 1,000 - 5,000 with no Jews.
The earliest known Jewish community in town was at least 19th century, maybe earlier. Jewish population as of last census before World War II was 3 persons (1 family) in 1942. The last Jewish family in Krajne transported to concentration camps in 1942. Date of last known Jewish burial in cemetery was 15 December 1918. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery is located on an isolated rural (woods/forest) hillside with no sign or marker. Found by turning off a small( public) road that comes down a hillside (At the top of the hill is the main active Christian cemetery of Krajne. Access is open to all on a hillside below a walking track between trees Approximate number of gravestones in cemetery, regardless of condition or position is 20 to 100 with 1-20 in original locations and 20-100 not in original locations. 50% - 75% of surviving stones are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a constant problem, damaging and disturbing stones. No special sections.
The granite flat stones with carved relief decoration tombstones in the cemetery date from the 19th and 20th centuries have inscriptions in Hebrew, Yiddish, and German. No known mass graves. The present owner of the cemetery property now used for Jewish cemetery only is probably the municipality. Properties adjacent to cemetery are residential. Some distance away, the nearest residences seem to be on the main lower road in Krajne where there are some modern houses and a small general store, but the cemetery is isolated from this road because of the heavy forestation on the bottom of the hill. (The cemetery s on the lower part of the hill) thus it is not seen from the road.) Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries probably enclose the same area. The cemetery is visited rarely. No care, maintenance, or structures. Security, vandalism, and weather erosion are very serious threats.
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