In 2010 Jewish burial land was transferred to the local Council for other uses as it would no longer be needed by the few remaining Jews of Oradea.
What did they do for Oradea?
Does their legacy exist today?
Did they go of their own free will?
Did people try to help them?
Why should we care?
Has it happened since?
Could it happen again?
How do we prevent prejudice and intolerance?
Link to selected items of News:
Today we remember Mauthausen
It was 70 years ago today that US troops entered
the concentration camp at Mauthausen. Lives of
liberators and the liberated were to be changed forever
on that day.
See our resources for schools.
5 May 2015
Anne Frank exhibition to Bistrita
We launch the Anne Frank exhibition in Bistrita on
Tuesday 21st April at Noon at the Bistrita Museum.
19 April 2015
It was 70 years ago today that British troops entered
the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. Lives of
liberators and the liberated were to be changed forever
on that day.
To learn more about the events of that day refer to our News.
15 April 2015
A visit to Roşia
Asociatia Tikvah presented the educational resources created within
our "Voices of the Liberators" project to a group of pupils at the
Şcoala Gimnazială nr. 1 in Roşia (School Manager:
Mrs. Szilaghi Valentina).
More information on our Facebook.
31 March 2015
Successful exhibition launch in Brasov
We had a very successful exhibition launch in Brasov of the
"Anne Frank- A History for Today" exhibition. We will be posting
details and pictures of the event in the next couple of days
on our Facebook.
25 March 2015
EU Education Ministers have vowed to increase education in
schools to "promote freedom of thought and expression, social
inclusion and respect for others, as well as to prevent and
tackle discrimination in all its forms".
15 March 2015
Brasov - the next destination
The magnificent synagogue in Brasov is the next destination
after Sibiu for the Anne Frank exhibition. See our Facebook
15 March 2015
The Dutch Ambassador, Matthijs van Bonzel, together with
Silviu Bors, Manager of the ASTRA library, launch the Anne
Frank exhibition in Sibiu.
The Dutch Embassy are the generous sponsors of the
touring of our exhibition in 2015.
The exhibition will be open for viewing until 20 March.
2 March 2015Our Anne Frank exhibition goes to Sibiu
23 February 2015
Thanks to support from the US Embassy in Bucharest our
project Voices of the Liberators has started to tour.
13 February 2015
The event on 27 January also had a moving display
of Holocaust design created by the Liceul de Arte.
See the detail in News.
30 January 2015
The event on 27 January. More detail is in News
and on our Facebook.
28/29 January 2015
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27 January 2015
Our Remembrance resources in Romanian and English are
now available for review and download.
More detail in News.
22 January 2015
More information as to the programme and the attendees
at the event on 27 January was given to the Press.
More information can be found in our News section.
20 January 2015
In recognition of the forthcoming Remembrance date the
German Embassy in London invited Asociatia Tikvah to a
reception hosted by the Ambassador.
18 January 2015
Our Remembrance event on 27 January is co-hosted with
the British Embassy. Regular updates of the programme
for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will
A selection of our projects:
All over the world the 27 January is the date chosen on which to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Although Romania has its own memorial date of 9 October it is appropriate in Northern Transylvania, in particular, to recall the 27th, the date Auschwitz was liberated. Asociatia Tikvah worked with partners in the UK and Canada for the 2014 commemoration and for 2015 we are working with organisations in the UK, the USA and Russia to produce commemoration materials that can be used in Romanian schools and elsewhere. We have received committments from many institutions in Oradea (and Bihor more widely) to increase their own involvement in commemoration on 27 January 2015 and we will be assisting them in their efforts.
We wanted to have a title for the series of projects that we have undertaken where we have created travelling exhibitions for taking to schools (and community locations). We chose the overall title of Red Bicycle Projects as we explain below. All these projects have been funded by Joods Humanitair Fonds (from the Netherlands) and the Bernard Charitable Trust (from the UK).
Oradea 1931 - Auschwitz 1944
Eva Heyman loved her red bicycle and cried when it was confiscated by the police as one of the repressive measures against the Jewish population of Oradea. We have created an exhibition to be taken into schools and other public locations to show the dangers of prejudice and discrimination. This exhibition and an associated presentation is available to schools who contact us.
Lights in the Night
In our work in schools we have had many questions from pupils asking why the ghetto and deportations from Oradea (then Nagyvarad) were allowed to take place and why no-one tried to stop it. In fact, there were examples of help from the non-Jewish population, both Romanian and Hungarian, but these positive examples have been largely hidden to date or not made public enough.
This exhibition shows examples of rescuers in the Holocaust and is available to schools who contact us.
About Judaism and Jewish Life
Our work in schools identified that there was very little understanding about Jewish life and Judaism. Many pupils had never met a Jew. There was much confusion about the beliefs of Jews or the meaning of their rituals and way of life.
Our third itinerant exhibition aims to dispel myths and give a greater insight into what it means to be a Jew. Once again the exhibition is available to schools who contact us.
In 2014 we launched our partnership with Anne Frank House in the Netherlands. This involved Asociatia Tikvah translating the "Anne Frank - A History for Today" exhibition into Romanian and then touring this famous exhibition in public venues across Transylvania.
Additionally, an electronic resource for schools consisting of a timeline which contrasts the short lives of Anne Frank and Eva Heyman will be available in 2015.
Anne Frank House generously provided the exhibition and Claims Conference from the United States covered the majority of the remaining costs.
The Primariei (Teleki) Street orthodox synagogue was built in 1928 and was the last synagogue built in
We wish to create an appropriate memorial statue in Oradea in the image of Eva Heyman, as representative of all the Jewish children of Oradea who suffered or died due to the horrific events of 1944.
Oradea had once a vibrant and populous Jewish community. In "Family albums" we offer an opportunity, to descendants of families who once lived here, to remember those families, individually and collectively, by publishing photographs, documents and memories.
In many parts of the world the teaching of human rights, genocide and the Holocaust is part of the curriculum in schools. In Romania, it is optional. Asociatia Tikvah is helping teachers in schools through making available DVDs and lesson plans. Our first venture, with the invaluable support of the University of London, the United Nations and the Memorial Library of New York, has been to translate and make available the “Footprints” resource. Schools may contact us to find out how to access these resources.
Oradea had two ghettos in 1944 and there are many stories to be told of courage, sacrifice and cruelty related to those ghettos. It is important to learn from lessons of the past and research by Asociatia Tikvah is discovering and documenting events of those times.
Cemeteries are one fragment of historical evidence proving the past existence of the Jewish community in Oradea. They serve as information sources for art history, social history or family genealogy. Above all they are loving memorials. We want to create an electronic memorial to the Jews of Oradea, supplemented with an appropriate publication. Please help us if you can.
Linking the Holocaust to the developments in Human Rights since the end of World War II can lead to a greater understanding of what can occur if basic rights of citizens are ignored. We have been pleased to be develop an extra-curricular series of lesson plans for schools in partnership with a major High School in Oradea. This series of lessons can be replicated in other schools. Please contact us if you are interested.