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BANLOC: Timis County ( Banloc, Ofseniţa, Partoş, Soca, Banlok, Bánlak) PDF Print E-mail
Banloc, Banlok, Bánlak/ 45°23' N 21°08' E, 251.3 miles WNW of Bucureşt. Banloc is a commune in Timiş County composed of four villages: Banloc, Ofseniţa, Partoş and Soca.

The cemetery is at Banloc, 1933. 4523 2108, 251.5 miles WNW of Bucharest and 48 km from Timisoara. Alternate Hungarian name is Banlak. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Tota Cornel, Town Hall of Banloc, 1933, judet Timis
  • The Jewish Community of Timisoara, Gheorghe Lazar Str. no. 5, Romania, tel., Timisoara, 1900, Romania
  • The Federation of The Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str. no. 9-11, sect. 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
  • Key holder: None

The Jewish population by census was ten in 1880, nineteen in 1910, and two in 1930. The unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog The cemetery was established at end of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period. The rural/agricultural flat land, part of a municipal cemetery ((Catholic cemetery), has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence surrounds the site with a non-locking gate.

Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 20 x 10 m. 1-20 stones are visible with 1-20 in original location and 1-20 stones not in original location. More than 75% of the stones are toppled or broken. Location of stones removed from the cemetery is unknown. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a constant problem preventing access. Water drainage is good all year.

The oldest known gravestone dates from the end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, sandstone, concrete, and brick flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed are only common gravestones. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and German. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was not vandalized in the last ten years or occasionally in the last ten years. [sic] No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security is a moderate threat. The gravestones are almost covered by vegetation.

Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey using the following documentation:

  • Recensamantul din 1880. Transilvania coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1997.
  • Recensamantul din 1900. Transilvania Traian Rotariu, Cluj, 1999
  • Recensamantul general al populatiei din 29 decembrie 1930 (The General Census of the Population from December 29, 1930), vol. II, Bucuresti 1938
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Romania din 7 ianuarie 1992 (The General Census of the Population of Romania from January 7, 1992), vol. I, Bucuresti, 1994
  • Zsido Lexicon, ed. by Ujvari Peter, Budapest, 1929
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucuresti, 1994, in Romanian
  • Izvoare si marturii referitoare la evreii din Romania (Sources and Testimonies on the Jews in Romania), vol. III/1-2, coord. L. Gyemant, L. Benjamin, Bucuresti, Ed. Hasefer, 1999
  • Victor Neumann, Istoria evreilor din Banat (A history of the Jews from Banat), Bucuresti, Atlas, 1999
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitatilor din Transilvania (The Historical Dictionary of Localities in Transylvania), vol. I-II, Bucuresti, 1967
  • Microsoft Auto Route Express 1999

Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu visited but conducted no interviews. [January 2003]

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