|ALUNIS: Benesat, Salaj judet|
Alternate name: Aluniş. Benesat is a commune composed of three villages: Aluniş, Benesat and Biuşa.
The cemetery is located at Alunis, code 4695, judet Salaj, 4723 2317, 244.5 miles NNW of Bucharest and 12 km from Cehu Silvaniei. Alternate names: Szeplak (Hungarian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
The 1850 Jewish population by census was 4, in 1857 was 8, in 1880 was 38, in 1900 was 16, in 1910 was 10, and in 1930 was 9. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Cehei, then in Simleul Silvaniei and were deported to Auschwitz on May 31, June 6 and 8. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was 20th century.
The isolated rural/agricultural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence with a non-locking gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 150 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some not in original location. 25%-50% of the stones are toppled or broken. Location of stones removed from the cemetery is unknown. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a seasonal problem preventing access. Water drainage is good all year. No special sections.
The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century limestone, marble, and granite common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery and an orchard. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by unpaid individuals. No structures. Vegetation is a moderate threat.
Cosmina Popa, Tatra Str. no. 4, tel. 064/ 128764, Cluj Napoca, 3400 and Ioana Oprea, Bd. 21 Decembrie, 13-15, 064/190849, Cluj-Napoca, 3400 visited the site and completed the survey on September 29, 2000 using the following documentation:
They visited the site on September 29, 2000. No interviews. [January 2003]
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