BARLAD: Vaslui County (Birlad, Berlad) Print

Alternate names: Bîrlad [Rom], Bârlad, Berlad. Yiddish:  בערלאַד. . 46°14' N, 27°40' E in E Romania, 28 miles S of Vaslui, 36 miles SSW of Huşi. Jewish population: 5,883 (in 1899), 3,727 (in 1930).

Yizkor:  Pinkas ha-kehilot; entsiklopediya shel ha-yishuvim le-min hivasdam ve-ad le-aher shoat milhemet ha-olam ha-sheniya: Romania vol. 1 (Jerusalem, 1969). Pinkas HaKehilot, Romania, Vol. 1 (1969), p. 17: "Barlad (Birlad)".

Jewish history. [Jan 2013]

 

CEMETERY:

BARLAD (I): Vaslui County

The cemetery is located in Birlad, Str. Olga Bancic 5, judet Vaslui, 4614 2740, 145.7 miles NNE of Bucharest and 145 km from Iasi. Alternate name: Birlad (Romanian). Current town population is over 100,000 with 10-100 Jews.

  • Mayor Ion Juverdeanu, Str. 1 Decembrie no. 21, Barlad, judet Vaslui, phone: 035/419595
  • The Jewish Community of Barlad, Str. Sfintu Ilie no. 2, Barlad, judet Vaslui, phone: 412001.
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str., no. 9-11, sect. 3, Bucharest, Romania
  • A.D. Xenopol" Institute of History, Lascar Catargi Str., no. 15, 6600- Iasi (judet Iasi), 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.
  • Key holder: Mr. Sternberg, The Jewish Community of Barlad, Str. Sfintu Ilie no. 2, Barlad, judet Vaslui, phone: 412001.

The Jewish population by 1772 census was 6 Jewish families, from 1899 was 1306 Jews, and in 1930 was 3,686. In 1941, the Jews were deported to Transnistria. The cemetery was established at the end of the 18th century. Last known burial was 19th century. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery is1.5 km from the congregation that used it.

The isolated urban flat land has no sign or marker. Reached via private property, access is entirely closed. A fence with a no gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 200 x 150 m. 20-100 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are 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.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th century marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and slate tombstones have Hebrew inscriptions. Some have traces of painting on their surfaces, iron decorations or letting, bronze decorations or lettering, and other metallic elements. Some have portraits on stones.

The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are residential. Rarely, local residents stop. The cemetery was vandalized during WWII. No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Weather erosion is a moderate threat. Vandalism is a moderate threat.

Lucian Nastasă, 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 September 25, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • E. Schwarzfeld, Din istoria evreilor: împopularea, reîmpopularea si întemeierea tîrgurilor si tîrgusoarelor în Moldova, Bucuresti, 1894.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • N. Sutu, Notiti statistice asupra Moldaviei, Iasi, 1852.
  • George I. Lahovari, Marele dictionar geografic al României, 5 vol., Bucuresti, Edit.Socec, 1899.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • I.M.Dinescu, Fiii neamului de la 1859 la 1915. Statistica sociala pe întelesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei României de la 1899, cu o prefata de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Ierusalem, 1980.
  • D. Ivanescu, Populatia evreiasca din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832, în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p. 59-65

Lucian Nastasă interviewed Mr. Sternberg, Jewish Community of Barlad, Str. Sfintu Ilie no. 2, Barlad, judet Vaslui, phone: 412001 on September 23, 2000. [January 2003]

 

BARLAD (II)

The cemetery is located at Str. Tutovei, 2, Barlad, judet Vaslui.

  • Key holder: Mr. Sternberg, The Jewish Community of Barlad, Str. Sfintu Ilie no. 2, Barlad, judet Vaslui, phone: 412001.

The Orthodox The cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was the end of the 19th century. Falciu (judet Vaslui) used the unlandmarked cemetery that is 1 km from the congregation that used it.

The isolated urban flat land has no sign or marker. Reached via private property, access is entirely closed. A fence with a no gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 180 x 70 m. 20-100 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are not in original location. 50%-75% 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 the 19th century. The 19th century limestone and sandstone gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. Some have traces of painting on their surfaces, iron decorations or letting, bronze decorations or lettering, and other metallic elements. Some have portraits on stones.

The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are residential. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose a smaller area due to agriculture. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was vandalized during WWII. No maintenance. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. Weather erosion is a serious threat. Pollution is a moderate threat.

Lucian Nastasă, 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 September 25, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • E. Schwarzfeld, Din istoria evreilor: împopularea, reîmpopularea si întemeierea tîrgurilor si tîrgusoarelor în Moldova, Bucuresti, 1894.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • N. Sutu, Notiti statistice asupra Moldaviei, Iasi, 1852.
  • George I. Lahovari, Marele dictionar geografic al României, 5 vol., Bucuresti, Edit.Socec, 1899.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • I.M.Dinescu, Fiii neamului de la 1859 la 1915. Statistica sociala pe întelesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei României de la 1899, cu o prefata de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Ierusalem, 1980.
  • D. Ivanescu, Populatia evreiasca din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832, în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p. 59-65

Lucian Nastasă interviewed Mr. Sternberg, The Jewish Community of Barlad, Str. Sfintu Ilie no. 2, Barlad, judet Vaslui, phone: 412001 on September 23, 2000. [January 2003]

 

BARLAD (III):

The cemetery is located in Birlad, Str. Tecuciului 24, judet Vaslui.

Key holder and caretaker: Fedescu Alexandru, Str. Tecuciului 24, Barlad, judet Vaslui

The 1772 Jewish population by census was 6 Jewish families and from 1899 was 1306 and in 1930 was 3686. In 1941, the Jews were deported to Transnistria. The cemetery was established at the end of the 19th century with last known burial on July 29, 2000 (Kaufman Meer.) The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery is 6 km from the congregation that used it.

The isolated suburban hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A masonry wall and fence with a gate that locks surround the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 400 x 150 m. 500-5000 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are 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 seasonal problem preventing access. Water drainage is good all year.

No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from 1903. Tombstones date from the 20th century marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and slate inscriptions are in Hebrew and Romanian. Some have traces of painting on their surfaces, iron decorations or letting, bronze decorations or lettering, and other metallic elements and portraits on stones and sculpted monuments. Some have iron decoration or lettering, carved relief-decorated, double tombstones, and sculpted monuments

The cemetery has Holocaust memorial and Jewish solider memorial. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Frequently, individual tours and private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors and local residents stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been cleaning stones and clearing vegetation and fixing wall and gate by local non-Jewish residents. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker living in a house in the cemetery. Within the limits of the cemetery is a preburial house with a tahara, catafalque, an ohel, and a house. Vegetation is a moderate threat.

Lucian Nastasă, 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 September 25, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • E. Schwarzfeld, Din istoria evreilor: împopularea, reîmpopularea si întemeierea tîrgurilor si tîrgusoarelor în Moldova, Bucuresti, 1894.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • N. Sutu, Notiti statistice asupra Moldaviei, Iasi, 1852.
  • George I. Lahovari, Marele dictionar geografic al României, 5 vol., Bucuresti, Edit.Socec, 1899.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • I.M.Dinescu, Fiii neamului de la 1859 la 1915. Statistica sociala pe întelesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei României de la 1899, cu o prefata de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Ierusalem, 1980.
  • D. Ivanescu, Populatia evreiasca din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832, în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p. 59-65

Lucian Nastasă interviewed Fedescu Alexandru, Str. Sfintu Ilie no. 21, Barlad, judet Vaslui on September 23, 2000. [January 2003]

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