International Survey of Jewish Monuments

Tartu's Cemetery Restoration

    From the Jewish Community of Tartu:

    There are 3 cemeteries in Tartu.  The oldest founded in 1859 and closed in 1895, as a separate cemetery hasn’t preserved.  Only several lonely stone plates remained.

    In 1895, the city government allocated free plot for the Jewish cemetery on Roosi Street.  The last time people were buried there in first years after the Second World War.  There are buried many prominent figures of Jewish community, who had done a lot for a city as well: Rabbi Meier Kropman, Eliser Ferkin, Itschok Kahn, H. Selmanovits, A.J. Jakobson, M. Usvanski, Kropmann, Kaplan, Bakst, M. Flakst, etc.  Many of the tombstones are of great artistic value.  The cemetery is taken care of, but cemetery’s fence and the most artistically valued tombstones are in need of urgent repairs.

    The third Jewish cemetery was built in 1935 and is located on Rapina highroad.  Mostly people were buried there after the Second World War.  Right at the entrance to the cemetery a building is standing.  There are the room for ceremonies, watchman’s apartment, and a storeroom for inventory.  The territory is fenced; the part of the fence at the entrance was reconstructed in 1993 on the money of Swedish Jewish Community.  The rest of the fence requires the reconstruction, as well as the building itself, which was damaged in the fire this year.  Rabbi Mostowski, Mr. Baron, and many others who did a lot for our community are buried there.  The cemetery is taken care of by the community itself.  The major repairs of the fence and of the building require major expenditures.

    Apparently, this will be the last Jewish cemetery in the university town Tartu, because the community is very small.

    Calculations of Costs of the Reconstruction Works on the Jewish Cemeteries in Tartu
    1. Wire-gauge fence (330m)  34,500 EEK
    2. Reconstruction of the room for ritualss and the store room (altogether, 50.8 square m)  76,700 EEK
    3. Cemetery building front repairs  31,200 EEK
    Sum total
    142,400 EEK
    1. Replacement of the rotten wooden fence with the concrete one (70 m long, 2 m high)  109,800 EEK
    2. Repair of the metal gate (3 m wide, 2.2 m high)  14,600 EEK
    Sum total 
    124,400 EEK
    Sum total, both cemeteries
    266,800 EEK


    The head of the Jewish Community of Tartu,
    Vulf Susan

International Survey of Jewish Monuments
c/o Jewish Heritage Research Center
Box 210, 118 Julian Pl.
Syracuse, New York 13210-3419, USA

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Last updated: January 4, 2003