Surveys in Moldova

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Zguritsa Jewish Cemetery

Drone survey :
Zguritsa Jewish Cemetery

Historical map and perimeter :
Zguritsa Jewish Cemetery

Country:
Moldova
Region:
None
District:
Drochia
Settlement:
Zguritsa
Site Address:
When entering the village from the North-East, turn right at the sign reading “Cimitirul evreiesc 150m” and continue for a further 150 metres. When facing the pond at the end of this route, the cemetery can be found on the right.
GPS coordinates:
48.133184, 28.007286
Perimeter length:
430 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
No
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
Number of existing gravestones:
1500
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
Late 19th cent
Date of Newest Tombstone:
1998
Urgency of erecting a fence:
High. Urgency of agricultural use.
Traces of Vandalism:
Yes. There is evidence of broken and stolen matzevot.
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Preserved Construction on Site:
Beit-tahara
Specific Threats:
The cemetery has been abandoned, and is now overgrown with vegetation
Drone surveys:
Yes

The exact period of the cemetery’s foundation is unknown. However, it can be found marked on maps of the region from 1868 and 1900, and epigraphic data shows it was still in use after WWII. The most recent preserved gravestone dates from the 1990s.