From our research we knew that there was an old Jewish cemetery in Sárospatak. However, it seemed no one knew where it was.
Our hotel called the visitors' bureau and the mayor's office and found its location on the map. So we set out on a long walk and ended up in the middle of a field. We turned around and walked back to a neighborhood where we met a local family. The daughter spoke perfect English and found out from her father that the cemetery was behind the bus stop we had passed three times!
The eight foot tall, rusty iron gate was open. We went inside to find two German workmen valiantly attempting to restore the cemetary from decades of neglect and vandalism. Weeds, dirt, broken headstones were everywhere.
Amethyst and I had a deep emotional reaction to this place filled with memories, suffering, joy and history. We decided that we needed to both document its current state and find some way to participate in its healing. The story of the healing will be told another time.
I would love to hear your family history as it pertains to Sárospatak as well as see any pictures from Sárospatak you can email me. Thank you for your cooperation and interest. If you have any questions, please email me.
A few of the headstones we found are in the gallery below. We have pictures of every headstone however I cannot send anyone all the photos since they are 750MB. Through the generous donation of time of David Rosen, Larry Schwartz, my cousin Ervin Foldi, and Dov Paneth we have an English translation of all the legible headstones from the Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions. We now also have all the dates translated from Hebrew to Gregorian Calendar. I can send you individual images if you follow these steps: