|BENESAT: Salaj County (Aluniş, Biuşa)|
Benesat commune composed of three villages: Aluniş, Benesat and Biuşa.
The cemetery is located in Benesat, near the railway station, code 4764, judet Salaj, 4725 2318, 246.0 miles NNW of Bucharest and 9 km from Cehu Silvaniei. Alternate name: Benedekfalva (Hungarian). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1850 Jewish population by census was 12, in 1857 was 4, in 1880 was 30, in 1900 was 19, in 1910 was 16 and in 1930 was 7. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Cehei, then in Simleul Silvaniei and were deported to Auschwitz on May 31, June 6 and 8. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was 20th century.
The isolated rural/agricultural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached via private road, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 100 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some not in original location. Less than 25% 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 19th century. The 19th and 20th century limestone flat shaped common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves.
The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent property is the railway station. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by unpaid individuals. No structures. Vegetation is a moderate threat. A lot of vegetation is disturbing the graves.
Cosmina Popa, Tatra Str. no. 4, tel. 064/ 128764, Cluj Napoca, 3400 and Ioana Oprea, Bd. 21 Decembrie, 13-15, 064/190849, Cluj-Napoca, 3400 visited the site and completed the survey on September 29, 2000 using the following documentation:
Popa Cosmina & Oprea Ioana interviewed Grad Cornel, Inspector for Culture, Zalau. [January 2003]
|Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 14:29|