Orthodox cemetery

The history of the Orthodox cemetery dates back to 1845, when the Chevra Kadisha of the Jewish community purchased a new burial lot for 18,000 Gulden. The first funeral took place here on February 4, 1846. The compound was expanded by additional land purchases in 1869 and 1926. The former cemetery was closed in 1846, of which only a small part has been preserved, as the Chatam Sofer Memorial, to this day. Other graves from the old cemetery were moved to the new compound in 1943 and buried in a common grave behind the cemetery chapel. The Orthodox cemetery was neglected during the Communist period due to a shortage of funds. The Jewish community of Bratislava has been gradually rehabilitating in the compound over the past decade.

Orthodox cemetery

The cemetery has over 7,000 graves and is divided into 18 sections. Many important personalities of Orthodox Jewish life in Bratislava are buried here. The most frequently visited site is the grave of the Ketav Sofer, son of the Chatam Sofer and chief rabbi of Bratislava from 1839 to 1871. The graves of Bettelheim and Pappenheim family members can also be found here, three of which are currently undergoing restoration. More recent graves belong to Alfred Wetzler (1918-1988), who escaped from Auschwitz and co-authored the Vrba-Wetzler report, and Juraj Spitzer (1919-1995), a partisan commander and writer.

Orthodox cemetery

The cemetery chapel was constructed in 1928-1929 from the designs of architects Fridrich Weinwurm and Ignác Vécsei. An elegant modernist two-storey building, it has a flat roof and sober façades. A broad stripe window, a sign of interwar modernism, spreads above the entrance. The interior has no decorations, and the plain grey-plastered walls and black-and-white chessboard-motif tiled floor add to the solemn atmosphere of the ceremonial hall and the tahara room. A large concrete platform with a grand stairway and U-turn ramp provide access to the compound.

The cemetery is a listed monument under no. 10624/1-6 in the General List of Monuments.

Orthodox cemetery




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