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:

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


Shalom! on tour

Many schools have been challenged to learn more about

Judaism and Jewish life and to have a number of myths 


See our News and Facebook for more pictures.

21 November 2014

Cluj opening

See our News and Facebook for more pictures.

13 October 2014

Anne Frank exhibition moves to Cluj

8 October 2014

Jewish life at the Philarmonic - launch

2 October 2014

Jewish life at the Philarmonic

18 September 2014

Anne Frank to Arad

17 September 2014

Roma Genocide Remembrance

Maia Teszler acted as Workshop Facilitator at the 

Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative in Krakow.

3 August 2014

Lenke Ziszovits Popper tennis

Go to our Facebook for details.

23 June 2014

Commemorations at Şimleu Silvaniei and Oradea

Go to our Facebook for pictures of the commemoration events.

3 June 2014

Remembrance at Şimleu Silvaniei - a personal dimension 

Roza Chereches

28 May 2014

Another busy week at home and abroad

We took part in discussions in London about forthcoming IHRA

programmes and met with the official Romanian delegation.

Closer to home we are launching today the Anne Frank

exhibition in Simleu Silvaniei.

Both of these events are covered in our News and Facebook.

19 May 2014

A week of activity at Universities

As part of the 70th anniversary of the deportations of the Jews

from Oradea, Asociatia Tikvah gave one presentation and one

lecture at two Universities.

More information is in our News section and on our Facebook.

12 May 2014

Zalau launch

The "Anne Frank - A History for Today" travelling exhibition

was launched yesterday at the "I.S. Bădescu" County Library

in Zalău.

6 May 2014

The start of the end

It was 70 years ago today that the first Jews were

transferred to the Oradea ghetto.

The inevitable consequences are detailed in 1944 in Oradea.

3 May 2014

Anne Frank exhibition to go to Zalau

On 5 May the Anne Frank exhibition "Anne Frank

- A History for Today" opens in Zalau.

28 April 2014

General News update

In our News section we report on meetings with

Professor Dan Stone

and the Ruhama Foundation.

We also direct visitors to our Facebook pages for news of

further schools involved in our travelling exhibition of Hedy

and her Memory Book and the good response from schools to

the Anne Frank exhibition at the "Gheorghe Şincai" County


24 April 2014

Anne Frank exhibition launched

There was standing room only at the "Gheorghe Şincai" County

Library, Oradea earlier today when the travelling exhibition

"Anne Frank - A History for Today" was launched by 

Matthijs van Bonzel the Dutch Ambassador to Romania.

2 April 2014

Dutch Ambassador to open Anne Frank exhibition

The travelling exhibition "Anne Frank - A History for Today" will be

launched at the "Gheorghe Şincai" County Library, Oradea, on

2 April, at 11:00, in the presence of the Dutch Ambassador to

Romania, Matthijs van Bonzel.

21 Mar 2014

Hedy's story on tour - continued

A further five schools have been visited by our touring exhibition. A

full picture gallery can be seen by following the link.

7 Mar 2014

Hedy's story on tour

We have started our touring of the story of Hedy from Oradea and her

Memory Book to many parts of our region. We appreciated the effort

from the students of Luncsoara who made us welcome with gifts of

self-created art:

28 Feb 2014

Hedy's story inspires artist

Hedy and her Memory Book inspired a young artist to create a

drawing which was runner-up in a national competition in the UK.

© Hannah Martin and HMDT

17 Feb 2014

"I've turned 13....."

It was the 13th birthday of Eva Heyman 70 years ago today. The

first entry in her published diary also appears on this date.

13 Feb 2014

Co-operation with Anne Frank House

Asociatia Tikvah is pleased to announce that it has entered into a

partnership arrangement with Anne Frank House from Amsterdam.

6 Feb 2014

27 January - thanks to many

We want to thank those people that made our Remembrance

event so special for us. More pictures.

3 Feb 2014

The first pictures of our Holocaust Remembrance Day event

are in our News section. Follow the link above.

28 Jan 2014

27 January - we remember

Today, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we

remember those who suffered and perished in the Holocaust,

including over 25,000 people who were deported from Oradea

to that death camp.

Follow the link to see what is happening in Oradea today.

27 Jan 2014

IHRA Chair and schools creations

Asociatia Tikvah has received a personal video from the Chair of

the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance from Canada.

It has also received three Memory books from school students from

Oradea to pass on to Holocaust survivor Hedy in Canada. Many more

exhibits will be seen at our commemoration event on 27 January.

24 Jan 2014

Invitation to our commemoration event

Asociatia Tikvah's commemoration event will take place on 27 January

and you are invited to participate. Amongst the many honoured

guests will be Her Excellency the Canadian Ambassador to Romania

and senior officials from the Ministry of National Education.

19 Jan 2014

New resources for schools

We have now prepared further materials which can be used by

schools for commemoration events on 27 January 2014 connected

to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Various resources

from Hedy and her Memory Book can be downloaded for free.

Go to News or Remembrance resources to get your copies.


8 Jan 2014

Preparing for 27 January commemoration

Now is the time to prepare for commemoration events on

27 January. Do have a look at the materials we are preparing

to help you do that.

29 Dec 2013

Human Rights Day

An innovative way of explaining Human Rights.

11 Dec 2013

Remembering 27 January and international co-operation

Asociatia Tikvah is working in partnership with organisations

in the UK and Canada. Oradea is being promoted by us in both

those countries. Deportations of the Jewish population to Auschwitz

took place in Oradea and it is the liberation of Auschwitz that is

recognised internationally on 27 January.

28 Nov 2013

Learning from European museums

Asociatia Tikvah gathers information and contacts that could

benefit the Muzeul Tarii Crisurilor for the development of the

Museum of the History of the Jews in Oradea and Bihor.

22 Nov 2013

New Facebook page

Our new Facebook page is carrying a reminder of Kristallnacht - 75 years ago.

 9 Nov 2013

"Lights in the Night" on tour

3, 8 and 21 Nov 2013

Scott Masters receives Canadian Award

Asociatia Tikvah's partner in Canada, history teacher Scott

Masters, was honoured by Canada's Minister for Multiculturalism

as he received the Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education.

19 Oct 2013

October 9 remembrance

The national day of Holocaust remembrance was marked in the

Onisifor Ghibu High School by presentations by pupils and prize

giving by Asociatia Tikvah.


19 Oct 2013

Danish Ambassador launches Asociatia Tikvah exhibition

A range of eminent local speakers were present on 4 October to launch

the exhibition "Lights in the Night". His Excellency Michael Sternberg,

The Danish Ambassador praised the work of Asociatia Tikvah.

6 Oct 2013

Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism

Asociatia Tikvah were guests of the Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest

to discuss issues of anti-semitism and discrimination in Europe. The 

Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister gave a powerful speech.

6 Oct 2013

On 28 September as part of our Human Rights project in partnership

with the Onisifor Ghibu High School we showed the award-winning film

“David” which tells the story of Daud, an 11 year-old religious Muslim

boy, growing up in Brooklyn, New York.

6 Oct 2013

On 4 October in Oradea the Asociatia Tikvah exhibition "Lights

in the Night" will be launched in the presence of His Excellency

Michael Sternberg, the Danish Ambassador for Romania.

26 Sept 2013

House of Commons launch of commemoration materials

In an event at the UK Houses of Parliament hosted by a UK

parliamentarian and attended by Jewish survivors of Nazi

persecution, collaborative work between Asociatia Tikvah

and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust was launched. 

16 Sept 2013

Holocaust commemoration project

Asociatia Tikvah is very pleased to be able to start a new

initiative to increase awareness of and participation in

Holocaust commemoration in Northern Transylvania. 

8 Sept 2013



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.