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47°27′42″N 23°02′12″E. Bicaz commune composed of three villages: Bicaz, Ciuta and Corni.

US COMMISSION NO. RO/MM/58

Alternate/former Hungarian name: Bikăcfalva. Located in Maramureş judet.

  • Local authority should be Comunitatea Evreilor (Baia Mare), Str. Someşului Nr. 5, 4800 Baia Mare, Jud. Maramureş, Romania. Tel: (40-62) 211-231
  • Regional authority: Federation of Jewish Communities Romania, Str. Sf. Vineri 9-11, Bucureşti, Tel: (40-1) 613-2538, 143-008. Contact: Mr. Alex Silvan
  • Interested: Jewish community in Baia Mare or the Federation of Jewish Communities in Bucuresti.
  • Caretaker: name unknown
  • After the center of the village, the road takes a big curve down and to the left. At the bottom there is a small dirt road leading to the left. Follow the road up to the last house on the right (although it is likely that a car will only get you halfway up). The Muresan family lives in the last house on the right and will direct you to the home of the man, who owns the property and cares for the cemetery. The cemetery in Bicaz figured on a list of known cemeteries that we received from the Jewish community in Baia Mare. Although it was listed as not having a caretaker, we were informed that a man living adjacent to this rather isolated cemetery has been taking care of the premises for some time. Unfortunately, he was not home at the time of our visit and had no opportunity to interview him. This caretaker appears to have been clearing vegetation on a regular basis. None of the stones seem to be threatened. Despite the fact that the caretaker's home is within sight of the cemetery, it has no fence, which means that access is open to all. Fortunately, the cemetery is in a rather isolated area with very few homes in its vicinity. Although the cemetery is rather small, numbering only twelve markers, the stones are well preserved; two very lovely double tombstones and several of the stones have carved relief. The isolated rural cemetery location on hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all with no wall, gate, or fence. Present size is 150 square meters (Baia Mare list), on-site estimate - 15m x 15m. Twelve gravestones are in situ: 2 standing straight up, 3 toppled, and 7 leaning. Vegetation overgrowth and water drainage are not problems. The granite, limestone, and sandstone flat shaped and double tombstones are smoothed and inscribed with carved relief decoration and traces of painting on their surfaces. Inscriptions are in Hebrew. No known mass grave. The cemetery property is now used for Jewish cemetery use only. Adjacent properties are agricultural and residential, a village residential setting very near houses with adjacent gardens, orchards, and pastures. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose the same area (probable.) The site never is visited. Theft of stones is the primary problem encountered between 1945 and the present. Care has been taken seasonal clearing of vegetation and cleaning by local non-Jewish residents. No structures. John DeMetrick and Christina Crowder (who have no further information) completed this survey on 30 June 2000 using a list of cemeteries known by Jewish Community in Baia Mare. Other documentation exists. Further inquiries about the site could be addressed to the Jewish community in Baia Mare or the Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities in Bucuresti. They visited the site on 23 June 2000 and interviewed Mrs. Muresan, neighbor at the top of the hill.
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