|BLAJ: Alba judet (Blasendorf , Balázsfalva )|
Alternate names: Blaj [Rom], Blasendorf [Ger], Balázsfalva [Hun]. 46°11' N, 23°55' E, 18 miles WSW of Alba Iulia in Transylvania. Jewish population: 87 (1877). The city administers eight villages: Deleni-Obârşie (Obursatanya), Fliteşti, Izvoarele (Csufud), Mănărade (Monora), Petrisat (Magyarpéterfalva), Spătac (Szászpatak), Tiur (Tűr) and Veza (Véza).
US Commission Report:
The cemetery is located at Str. Eroilor no. 8, Blaj, judet Alba, 4611 2355, 160.7 miles NW of Bucharest and 50 km from Alba Iulia. The alternate name is Balazsfalva (Hungarian). Present town population is 25,000-100,000 with two Jews in 2011.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 109 and in 1930 was 227. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century with last known burial in 1998. The cemetery is 1 km from the congregation that used it.
The urban flat land, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A masonry wall with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 70 x 80 m. 100-500 stones are visible, all 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. No special sections.
The oldest known gravestone dates from about.1915. The 20th century marble, granite, limestone, and sandstone boulders, flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, sandstone, and slate have Hebrew, German, Romanian, and Hungarian inscriptions. Some have portraits on stones and metal fences around graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are residential. Occasionally, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation and wall repair. Current care is unpaid regular caretaker. No structures.
Lucian Nastasă interviewed Abraham Geza, Str. Tudor Vladimirescu no. 4, Alba Iulia, Romania. Phone: 00/40/58/817840. [January 2003]
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