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47°04' N 24°04' E, 206.5 miles NNW of Bucureşti and 24 km from Dej. Alternate names: Batony (Hungarian) and Battendorf (German.) Town population is under 500 with no Jews. Satellite view.

[UPDATE] Photos by Charles Burns [June 2016]

  • Local authority: mayor Mocodan Alexandru, Unguras
  • Local religious authority: Evreilor (The Jewish Community of) Cluj, Tipografiei str. 25, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Tel. 0040-64-196600
  • National religious authority: Federation of Jewish Communities Romania, Str. Sf. Vineri 9-11, Bucureşti, Tel: (40-1) 613-2538, 143-0010-100. Contact: Mr. Alex Silvan
  • Interested: "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii str., no. 7-9, room 61, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Director: Ladislau Gyemant
  • Caretaker with key: Dolha Vasile, Batin nr. 83
  • The Jewish population by census was two in 1857 and 37 in 1930. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto in Dej and on May 28th, and June 6th, 8th, 1944 deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery has 19th and 20th century tombstones. The isolated rural/agricultural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by crossing private property, access is open with permission. A masonry wall and non-locking gate surrounds the site. The pre- and post-WWII size is 10 m x 34 m. Fourteen gravestones are in cemetery with fourteen in original location. No stones are toppled or broken. No stones were removed from the cemetery (probably.)
  • Vegetation and water drainage are not problems. No special sections. The 19th and 20th century marble, sandstone, and "other" tombstones are boulders, flat shaped, and smoothed and inscribed. Inscriptions are in Hebrew. Priviate individuals own the site used for an orchard. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish individuals visit. The never-vandalized cemetery has a regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. No threats.
  • Alexandru Pecican, assistant professor, Almasului str., Bl. R1, ap. 14, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania visited the site and completed the survey on 12 May 2000 using the following documentation:
  • Otto Mittelstrass, Historisch-Landeskindlicher Atlas von Siebenburgen. Ortsnamenbuch, Heidelberg, 1992
  • The General Census of the Population of Romania - December 29, 1930, I-III, Bucharest, 1938
  • Ernst Wagner, Historisch-statistisches Ortsnamenbuch fur Siebenburgen, Koln-Vienna, 1977.
  • Moshe-Carmilly-Weinberger, History of the Jews of Transilvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)
He interviewed Dolha Vasile in Batin.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 20:43
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