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:

With the limited resources now available to us we are needing to change our approach to this website.

From this point onwards we will post News of our activities on our Facebook page:

This main website will keep hosting and updating the present content which is extensive.

Our educational resources website for teachers  will continue to be developed.

We thank you for your interest and we hope you will keep following our activities. Our efforts can be helped through donations!

International day of remembrance

Today, on the anniversary of the liberation

of Auschwitz, we remember those who

suffered and perished in the Holocaust,

including the tens of thousands from Oradea

who were sent on forced labour or who were

deported to that death camp.

Asociatia Tikvah has created a short film

aimed as an educational resource for pupils,

"My Little Diary...The Diary of Eva Heyman".

The film is available in Romanian and

in English.

Go to our Facebook page to see the films.

27 January 2018

Update on activities

Our new focus of activities is explained on our

News page.

6 September 2017

Last letters

The Family Albums part of our website collects

memories of families who have lived in Oradea.

We have added a particularly poignant story of 

two mothers writing to their children days before

they were taken to the ghetto.

Copies of the original letters can be read.

3 May 2017

Racial discrimination

On 21 March in 1960, 69 people were killed in

Sharpeville, South Africa, during a peaceful

demonstration to protest against the apartheid

system. Six years later the United Nations

designated the 21 March as the International Day 

for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

21 Mar 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is the anniversary of the liberation of

Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet forces in 1945 and

is marked in many countries as International 

Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Events in countries associated with the International

Holocaust Remembrance Alliance can be found here.

Resources for teachers to use on this day in schools

can be found on our educational website.

27 Jan 2017

Enthusiastic pupils explore identity

See more on Facebook.

2 Nov 2016

Launched in Baia Mare

The exhibition is available for viewing in Baia Mare

public library until 21 October following its launch on

5 Oct 2016

More pictures are available in News and on Facebook.

8 Oct 2016

Shortly on our way to Baia Mare

28 Sep 2016

Fourth year of tennis competition

The Lenke Ziszovits Popper Memorial tennis event was held

at the weekend for the fourth year in a row. It has now been

adopted as a national event by the Romanian Tennis Federation.

It is important to remind participants of the reason for the naming

of the event and Emilia Teszler explained the background to parents

of the young tennis players.

27 Aug 2016

Taking exhibitions to a summer camp

In a new approach we took selections of our exhibitions

to a summer camp.

7 Aug 2016

The importance of Fundamental Rights

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) does

vitally important work in collecting and analysing data in the EU. 

At this particular time of multiple challenges caused by migration,

increasing incidence of intolerance and the possible destabilising

effects of the UK withdrawal from the EU, their role is even

more important.

In our News section we provide a link to their analysis of priorities

in 2016 which are important for everyone concerned in ensuring

that human rights are respected.

29 Jun 2016

Presenting our work to an international audience

Today, our project manager, Maia Teszler gave a presentation

of our work in Asociatia Tikvah to delegates from 40 countries

attending the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

conference in Bucharest. The chairmanship of the IHRA rests

With Romania until March 2017.

Pictures of Maia at the event and the award by the President

of Romania to Professor Yehuda Bauer is on our News and Facebook.

24 May 2016/28 May 2016

Launching in Salonta on 25 May

We will opening the Anne Frank- a History for Today

exhibition in Salonta on 25 May (see our News for the

detail) in these beautiful surroundings.

21 May 2016

Anne Frank exhibition

Thanks to our major sponsor Claims Conference we

have been able to continue our programme of visits

to different regions of Romania with our Anne Frank

exhibition. In April 2016 we have been to Resita and

Hunedoara. More detail on our Facebook.

25 Apr 2016

Reaching young people

Our programme for reaching young people in 

schools with our travelling exhibitions continues

and with visits to Sintandrei and a synagogue in Oradea

we have now reached 11 different locations. See our Facebook.

18 Apr 2016

Successful launch in Timisoara

The "Anne Frank A History for Today" exhibition

was launched on 9 March and will run until 29


9 Mar 2016

Anne Frank exhibition in Timisoara

Tomorrow we launch the "Anne Frank A History for Today"

exhibition in Timisoara. It will be available for viewing for

the next month. See our Facebook for pictures of the event.

8 Mar 2016

Helping the Fundamental Rights Agency

Asociatia Tikvah was very pleased to be invited

to the Fundamental Rights Agency of the

European Union in Vienna to partake in an

important workshop last week. More information

in News.

29 Feb 2016

Reaching young people

Asociatia Tikvah has been supported by Joods

Humanitair Fonds and the Bernard Charitable

Trust to take its exhibitions to many schools and

other places where young people are present. 

The first three school presentations can be seen

on our Facebook pages.

6 Feb 2016

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz,

we remember those who suffered and perished in the

Holocaust, including the tens of thousands from Oradea

who were sent on forced labour or who were deported to

that death camp.

We are participating in a number of commemoration

events. Please refer to our News or Facebook for more


27 Jan 2016

Two minorities: two histories

We have created more educational materials for teachers with

a view to encouraging an understanding amongst students of

the identity and history of the Roma and the Jews. The

importance of how stereotypes and prejudice can lead to

discrimination is also explored through students thinking

about their own identities.

More information is contained in our News section or we invite 

readers to visit our new website for teachers (

We are grateful to the primary funder of this project (Joods

Humanitair Fonds) for all their support and encouragement

over many years.

13 Jan 2016

Lots more News

We have more coverage of the statue unveiling; a

learning experience in Copenhagen; the launch of two

books at the University of Oradea; and pupils from

Biharia visiting the memorial to the deported children.

See our News or our Facebook.

28 Oct 2015

Today we unveil the statue

Today we will unveil the statue in the memory of the

Jewish children deported from Oradea during the

Holocaust in Northern Transylvania. It is sited in Balcescu

Park from where the trains left to Auschwitz.

More details in the next few days.

15 Oct 2015

Today we remember

On 9 October 1941 began the deportation of Jews from

Bessarabia and Bukovina to Transnistria under the regime

of Ion Antonescu. This commemoration for this event was

led in Bucharest by the President of Romania, Mr Klaus Iohannis.

See our News for further information.


9 Oct 2015

Anne Frank exhibition in Bucharest

Today we launched the "Anne Frank A History for Today"

exhibition in the National Library of Bucharest. It will be

available for viewing for the next month. See our Facebook

for pictures of the event.

21 Sep 2015

Third year of tennis competition

Remembering Lenke Ziszovits Popper the national

tennis champion deported to Auschwitz. More detail

in News.

27 Aug 2015

Memorial for the children – an update

You have been magnificent and we have reached

our target. Please see our News to check the

latest position.


Our Projects have now all been completed.