Saturday, November 14, 2009
Cemeteries in Wine Region of Hungary
We visited the villages of Mad, Olaszliszka, Satoraljaujhely, Tokaj, Nyiregyhaza, Nagykallo, and Tarcal. Olaszliszka now has no Jews. In the 19th century, it was the center of Hungarian Hassisism. The cemetery is kept going by believers who comw to see the grave of Reb Friedmann Hirsch follower of Reb Moses Teitelbaum. Satoraljaujhely had 4000 Jews but now only has a few Jewish families. The cemetery is several hundred years old. The tomb of the miraculous Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum is here. It is visted by many pilgrims from the US on the anniversary of his death. The Tokaj cemetery is located in the picturesque nook of the Bodrog River. There are 15 tombs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Nyurefyhaza was home to 5000 Jews before the war. Now there are a few dozen. The cemetery was founded in 1840. Nagykallo is 9 miles away, In 1790 an organized Jewish community thrived here. In the 19th century a well-to-do community lived a peaceful life with its neighbors. Now there are no Jews in the area.
The gentleman in the first picture has lived in the area his whole life. He knows the history and shares it with tourists. He observes the Sabbath and has to go to Budapest for Shabath to find a minyan for prayer.