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General view, Jewish cemetery in Rijeka. Photo © Ivan Ceresnjes/Center for Jewish Art

The blog of the Austrian Jewish Museum in Eisenstadt has published new documentation of 67 gravestones from the Jewish cemetery in Rijeka, on the Istrian peninsula in northwest Croatia.

The Jewish cemetery was laid out in 1875 as part of the Kozala municipal cemetery and today is listed as a historical monument.

The Museum's blog  notes that the 67 stones newly documented represent only a small fraction of the 1.338 total burials.  Each stone is presented with a photograph and a transcription and translation of the epitaph. (According to Bet Hatfutsot, there are around 550 gravestones, "as well as tombstones that were transferred from the old Jewish cemetery and used as part of a memorial wall.")

There is also a Holocaust memorial and a ceremonial hall.

The new documentation was obtained during a series of privately funded research trips to Jewish cemeteries in northeastern Italy's Friuli region and Croatia.

NOTE: You can also find documentation and pictures of more than 550 gravestones in the cemetery on a web site about the cemetery, which also includes a map and searchable database.

Austrian Jewish Museum blog's documentation of the stones

Rijeka Jewish Cemetery web site

Bet Hatfutsot article on the Rijeka Jewish community including the cemetery




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