The Jewish cemetery of Szeged, which spans across 4.87 acres, is still in use today and is located on the edge of the town, next to the public cemetery. Its history, tombstones, and monuments well reflect the fate of the Jews living here from the end of the 18th century until the present days.
The Jewish Cemetery of Szeged, which spans across 4.87 acres, is a carefully designed, well-maintained garden of peace and tranquillity.
The cemetery, which is located on the edge of the town, is still in use today. Burials had ceased in the former Jewish cemeteries in Szeged, thus the present one was established in 1831. The first cemetery (first burial took place in 1794) was closed down due to the expansion of the city, thus the remnants were exhumed in 1868 and reburied in the current, so-called New Cemetery (Parcel 7). Those who died during the Great Flood of Szeged (1879) were first buried in Újszeged in a designated part of the Christian Cemetery then were later reburied in the current Jewish Cemetery.
Nearly 14,000 rest here, but unfortunately many of the graves are not indicated anymore. The 19th-century headstones are special for their rich and various symbols, the images engraved on the stones communicate names, professions and characteristic traits.
In Parcel 10, some of the foremost figures in Neolog Jewish history are buried, such as scholar Chief Rabbis Lipót, and Immánuel Löw, chief cantors and Talmud teachers. The cemetery is the final resting place of several outstanding artist and entrepreneurs, including the members of world-famous salami maker Pick family.
Four monuments are dedicated to the victims of the First World War and the Holocaust in the cemetery. The internationally famous architect, Lipót Baumhorn, designed the mortuary (Chiduk Hadim House) of the graveyard and his dome stands out from afar.
Today, visitors can pay their respects to the thousands buried at the Jewish Cemetery of Szeged through tours offered by local tour guides and a mobile application being developed by project REDSICOVER will soon guide those who intend to explore the garden individually.