Alternate name: Puhó. town image [February 2009]
US Commission Number. SLCE000204
Puchov is located W of Povazska Bystrica. The isolated urban hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via a broken masonry wall and a non-locking gate. 100-500 19th-20th century marble, granite, and sandstone flat shaped tombstones (some with carved relief decorations) or finely smoothed and inscribed stones with Hebrew and German inscriptions are in original locations. The site is Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are residential. Occasionally, private visitors stop. Individuals occasionally clean or clear vegetation. Within the cemetery is a pre-burial house. Vandalism is a serious threat; erosion is a very serious threat.
UPDATE: Located in Trencin region at 49°08'N 18°20'E. Alternate name: Pucho. Present total town population of 23,000 with unknown Jewish population, but estimated at less than 10.
Present size of cemetery is 4000 square metres with 100-200 gravestones, 100-120 of which are in original location but broken or toppled. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a constant problem, disturbing graves but water drainage appears to not be a problem.
The cemetery may have been vandalized (stones overturned, broken or stolen; graffiti painted on walls or stones, etc.; graves desecrated) or tombstone damage is the result of the ravages of time and little maintenance. The only care seems to be vegetation clearing.
Within the limits of the cemetery are a building that appears relatively new with no markings or identifications to show its use. I have a photograph of it. Security (uncontrolled access) and weather erosion are serious threats. The attitude of some in the town seemed very uncaring about the plight of the Jewish cemetery. There was a distinct change in one woman's manner when she discovered I was of Jewish ancestry. Another appeared apologetic that the synagogue had been demolished and that there was no trace of the Jewish quarter, even the street my grandfather was born in no longer exists.
Map of Village
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