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Professor Ellie Weisel was born and raised in this house until the age of 16 years when he and his family and the whole Jewish Community of Sighet were deported to Auschwitz between May 16-22, 1944. Today, it is a Memorial to the Jewish Life Cycle of Pre-Holocaust Sighet Jewish Community.

Local high schools students and educators from the Region are regular visitors and special events are being held there.


Visiting Hours:

Summer - Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 (Monday closed)

Winter – Monday - Friday 08:00-16:00 (saturday and sunday - closed)

 (see locations on map below)

Read more: The Elie Wiesel Memorial House - The Museum of the Jewish Culture in Maramures

The Sighet Jewish Cemetery is 500 years old, however many of the original tombstones are not to be found anymore, due to weather and the materials the tombstones were made of.

Sighet was in a way the capital of Chassidut and people from all over Europe used to come and visit.

Today many Chassidim are coming to visit the “Ohels- Graves” of famous Rabbis to pay homage to them as well as many feel that writing notes, praying and making a pilgrimage will cure their health conditions, bring a match to single persons etc.

If you wish to locate a grave please check or /and contact Rabbi Ezra Berger ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who devotes his time to the restoration of the Cemetery.


Str. Szilagiy Istvan and Str. Izei (see locations on map below)

Read more: Sighet Jewish Cemetery

About 2000 Jews returned to Sighet following Liberation in 1945.

All came to look for family members and relatives, unfortunately very few were united with their families.

Some started new families or made arrangements to move to Israel, but before all, a group decided to create this enormous Monument on the exact location where the largest Synagogue in Sighet stood up until it was set on fire with members of the Jewish Community.

Commemoration Services are held at the site during the year or by request.

(see locations on map below)

Read more: 1944 Monument in Memory of the Jewish Sighet Community