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Of the tens of thousands of Jewish people deported from Nagyvarad, a few thousand survivors made their way back to the city (now Oradea) after they were liberated. As they worked to recover and build their lives anew, they undertook to commemorate the souls of their loved ones, lost in extermination camps. The photo, taken in 1946, shows the monument they erected in the back of the courtyard between the Orthodox Synagogue and what had been the Jewish Boys' School.

 


Remember!     Never forget!

These are the ones I will remember with tears. The glory of our congregation was destroyed. Twenty-five thousand holy souls of my loved ones. They lived in our city, they were persecuted, they were confined in the ghetto under the command of the fascist Hungarian government. The old, the women, the young children. In May 1944, after weeks of tortures and horrible torments, they were deported to Germany, to the extermination camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau. They were murdered in the gas chambers, burned in the ovens, and died of disease, hunger and cruel deaths together with the 6 million European Jews lost in sanctifying God's name. After the fall of Hitler, may his name be erased, only ten per cent of them returned.

We will never forget
our holy ones!

May their memory be holy!

 

Translated from the Hebrew inscription

 

 

Rededicating the Monument

 


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