ARPASU DE JOS: Sibiu County, Transylvania Print
The cemetery is at Arpasu de Jos, near the village, cod 2406, judet Sibiu, Romania. The alternate names are Also-Arpas (Hungarian) and Unterarpasch (German.) 4547 2437, 118.0 miles NW of Bucharest and 6.55 km from Sibiu. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
  • Mayor Bunea Nicolae, Arpasu de Jos, tel. 520120
  • The Jewish Community of Sibiu, Blanarilor Str., no. 15, cod 2400, Sibiu, Romania, Tel. 0040-69 - 216904.
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str. no. 9-11, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii Str., no. 7-9, room 61,3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, director: Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Jewish population by census was seven in 1880, 22 in 1910 and two in 1930. The Jews from Sibiu County, Transylvania were taken by force and sent to forced work detachments. They were deported all over the country, and especially in Moldova, between 1942-1944.

The 19th and 20th century tombstones are in the rural/agricultural hillside unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery, separate but near other cemeteries, with no sign or marker. Reached via other public property, access is entirely closed. A fence with a locking gate surrounds the site. The pre- and post-WWII size is approximate 10 m x 20 m. 1-20 stones are visible with 1-20 in original location and 1-20 stones not in original location. Less than 25% 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 19th and 20th century granite, flat shaped common gravestones have inscriptions in Hebrew. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are a village setting with houses, gardens, orchards, and pastures. Pre- and post-WWII size is the same. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop at the never vandalized cemetery. No maintenance. No care now. No structures Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073. Last known burial was September 2000.

Oprea Ioana, B-dul 21 Decembrie no. 13-15, ap. 6, Cluj Napoca, tel: 190 849 and Popa Cosmina, Tatra Str., no. 4, ap. 11, Cluj Napoca, tel: 128 764 visited the site and completed the survey on December 12, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1850, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1996
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1857, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1997
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1880, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1999
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1910, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 2000
  • Ernest Wager, Historisch - Statistisches - Ortsnamenbuch fur Siebenburgen, Koln-Wien, Ed. Bohlau, 1977
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. Istoria evreilor din Transilvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitãþilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Transilvania - 1930 decembrie 29, I-III, Bucharest, 1938

They interviewed unnamed people. [January 2003]

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