Open day of Jewish cemetery

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OPEN DAY OF JEWISH CEMETERY is mutual project with Varaždin City Company “Parkovi”. It takes place each year in May as part of the Week of Significant Cemeteries in Europe (ASCE). Visitors have open access to the Cemetery and they are included in educational walking tour and introduction of Jewish burial customs and the importance of Jewish cemetery in Varaždin.

Background: Croatian Jewish community was almost destroyed during Holocaust. Many cemeteries were also destroyed after World War II. Some cemeteries and tombstones were deliberately damaged or destroyed because of hate against Jews. Cemeteries are the places of final resting, but also important monuments of culture and history, and can become places of education, tolerance and understanding. The intention was that the visitors through educational walk tour better acquaint the customs of Jewish minority and perceive the significance of this preserved Cemetery.

Project co-ordinator: Milivoj Dretar, M.A.