Chodník na cintoríne


The Orthodox Cemetery is a modern urban burial site that was established on a plot of land commensurate with the size of the contemporary Jewish community (later the Orthodox community). The cemetery is located relatively close to the city center, reflecting the small size of Bratislava in the 19th century, when the cemetery was created. The compound has a sloping terrain with a south-western orientation. The cemetery was properly managed and is today divided into 18 sections. The sections were filled in gradually; burial lots were organized in carefully measured grids. The first graves were often in the upper part of the section, with the first burial plots along each section’s edge. The sections are separated by corridors, and in some places by stairways and terraces. The numbering of rows is from the bottom (upwards), and the graves in each row are numbered from the left edge.

Sekcia kohénov

Social differentiation was also applied in the cemetery. Some sections were more prominent, and some less so. The general rule is that the more difficult the section is to access (in terms of distance from the entrance, and steepness of the slope in that area), the less prominent is the area. These parts of the cemetery were used to bury socially inferior community members, deceased persons from outside Bratislava, refugees, and victims of epidemics (we may consider here graves from 1918, when the Spanish flu spread). Many graves from this period do not have any tombstone.

There are special sections reserved for kohanim (priests) within sections 2 and 4. The rule of gender separation, i.e. not burying men and women together, has been applied in some sections. In particular, during the 1930s there were either men’s or women’s rows of graves. If the row was mixed, the men’s and women’s parts were separated by one burial lot (e.g. section 3, row 1).

Sections 4, 6 and 7 are the more prominent parts of the cemetery, where the graves of rabbis and other important personalities from the community are located. The graves of the Bettelheim and Pappenheim family members are grouped in two places. The graves of rabbis and their wives are also grouped together. In very rare cases, the remains of the deceased were transported for burial in Bratislava (e.g. Ignatz Deutsch from Vienna, Chaim Sofer from Pest).





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