|BECHINI: Satu Mare County, Transylvania, Pele|
The cemetery is located in Becheni, 3841, com. Sauca, judet Satu Mare, 4727 2227, 272.1 miles NW of Bucharest and 16 km from Tasnad. Alternate name: Pele (Hungarian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 22, by 1900 census was 19 In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Satu Mare and on May 19, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31, and June 1 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established at end of the 19th century. The last known burial was inter-war period.
The rural/agricultural hillside, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is approximately 10 x 8 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some 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 not a problem. Water drainage is good all year.
The oldest known gravestone dates from end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, sandstone, and concrete flat shaped common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are residential. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. Security and weather erosion are moderate threats.
. Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey 26 July 2000 using the following documentation:
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Kiss Samuil, Becheni. [January 2003]
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 20:00|