In 1944 there were close to 25,000 Jews in Oradea, going about their daily lives. They could have expected to stay in Oradea for the rest of their days and beyond.

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.
How did these people disappear?

What did they do for Oradea?

Does their legacy exist today?
When and where did they go?

Did they go of their own free will?

Did people try to help them?
Do we remember these men, women and children of Oradea and how?

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:

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 initiative on Human Rights education

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

for details.

15 March 2015

Successful launch in Sibiu of Anne Frank exhibition

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 2015

Our Anne Frank exhibition goes to Sibiu

23 February 2015

Touring with Voices of the Liberators

Thanks to support from the US Embassy in Bucharest our

project Voices of the Liberators has started to tour.

13 February 2015

Holocaust art

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

Remembrance on 27 January 2015

The event on 27 January. More detail is in News

and on our Facebook.

28/29 January 2015

Remembrance on 27 January 2015

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27 January 2015

Remembrance on 27 January 2015

Our Remembrance resources in Romanian and English are

now available for review and download.

More detail in News.

22 January 2015

Remembrance on 27 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

Remembrance on 27 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

Remembrance on 27 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

be appearing on our News and Facebook as the date




A selection of our projects:

Holocaust remembrance

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.

Red bicycle” projects

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).

Eva Heyman

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.

Anne Frank exhibition and Anne Frank/Eva Heyman timeline

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.

Museum of the History of the Jews

The Primariei (Teleki) Street orthodox synagogue was built in 1928 and was the last synagogue built in Oradea. This synagogue has been used as a vegetable warehouse for many years. The year 2012 saw the start of efforts to restore the fabric of this beautiful building which, with further funding, may see its conversion into a Museum of the History of the Jews in Oradea and Bihor. Initial funding from the Cultural Fund of the US State Department has made the building watertight in 2013. Partnerships have been formed between the Jewish Community of Oradea and the Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor. Asociatia Tikvah has been invited to assist in the future development of the project and is pleased to do so. Eventually we will hope to provide educational and outreach support in the completed Museum.

Memorial statue

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.

Family albums

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.

Escape from the ghetto

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.

The cemetery monograph

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.

Human Rights through the Prism of the Holocaust

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.