BACESTI: (Vaslui judet) Print

ALTERNATE NAMES: BĂCEŞTI [ROM]; ATREIAPARTE, BĂCEŞTI-SAT, BĂCEŞTI-TÎRG, EZERU, IEZERU. 46°51' N, 27°14' E, 28 MILES NW OF VASLUI, 25 MILES NE OF BACĂU. 1899 JEWISH POPULATION: 526.

  • Encyclopedia of Jewish Life (2001), p. 67: "Bacesti".
  • Pinkas HaKehilot, Romania, Vol. 1 (1969), p. 9: "Bacesti".
  • JewishGen Romania SIG

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The cemetery is located at com. Bacesti, Vaslui judet, Vaslui judet, Moldavia region at 46º50' 27º15', 27 km from Roman (Neamt judet). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Local Authority: Mayor Banceanu Ioan, com. Bacesti, Vaslui judet
  • Religious Authority: The Jewish Community of Iasi, str. Elena Doamna 15, Iasi-6600, Iasi judet.
  • Regional Authority: The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri str., no. 9-11, sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Interested: "A.D. Xenopol" Institute of History, Lascar Catargi str., no. 15, 6400- Iasi (Iasi judet), Romania. Tel. 032/212614; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Director: Alexandru Zub.
  • Caretaker with key: Munteanu C.Nicolae, com. Bacesti 32, Vaslui judet. Phone: 283.
The 1899 Census registered 18 Jewish inhabitants. The 1930 Census registered 460 Jewish inhabitants. Prominent residents include Iehuda Leib, Iehosua Hesil, and Mose Itac-scholar rabbis. This Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century. Noteworthy resident: Iehosua Hesil (1888), scholar rabbi. The last known Jewish burial was in 1950.
The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery is 500 m. from the congregation that used it. The isolated rural-agricultural hillside cemetery location has no sign, but has Jewish symbols on the gate or wall. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open with permission. A continuous fence and a locking gate surround the site.
The pre- and post-WWII size is 120mx180m. 100-500 gravestones are visible. 20-100 are not in original location. More than 75% are toppled or broken. Vegetation and water drainage are not problems.
The cemetery is divided into special sections for men, Cohanim, and children. Tombstones date from the end of the 19th century. The marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and other materials memorial markers are rough stones or boulders, flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, and flat stones with carved relief decoration. Some have portraits on the stones and/or Hebrew, German, and Romanian inscriptions. The national Jewish community owns the property now used for agricultural purposes. (crops or animal grazing). Adjacent properties are Sain Vasile and Munteanu Elena (agricultural). Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose the same area. Occasionally, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop.
The never vandalized cemetery receives annual vegetation clearing by a regular paid caretaker (use of land for agriculture.) No structures. Weather erosion, pollution, and vegetation are slight threats. Lucian Nastasa, Clinicilor str., no. 19, Cluj, Romania, tel. 064/190107. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it completed the survey on July 21, 2000 using the following documentation:
  • E.Schwesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei Romaniei de la 1899, cu o prefată de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • D.Ivanescu, Populatia evreiască din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832 , în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum Romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p. 59-65.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Jerusalem, 1980.
He visited July 18, 2000 and interviewed Munteanu C.Nicolae, com. Bacesti 32, Vaslui judet. Phone: 283. July 18, 2000. [June 2002]
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