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Alternate names: Bogata de Sus [Rom], Magyarbogáta and Felsöbogáta [Hun], Bogata Ungurească. 47°12' N, 23°43' E, 30 miles N of Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár), 8 miles WNW of Dej (Dés). Vad is a communecomposed of seven villages: Bogata de Jos, Bogata de Sus, Calna, Cetan, Curtuiuşu Dejului, Vad and Valea Groşilor.  Jewish population: 15 (in 1877).


The cemetery is located at Bogata de Sus, nr. 20, 3360. Current town population is under 500 with no Jews.

  • Local authority: Anton Pop, Vad, Cluj county
  • 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: Muresan Pompei, Bogata de Sus, nr. 20
The Jewish population by census in 1857 is 9 and 32 in 1930. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto in Cluj and on May 25th, 29th, 31 and June 3rd, 8th, 9th 1944 deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery dates from the 19th century with the last burial in 1980.
The isolated rural/agricultural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by crossing private property, access is open to all via a fence and locking gate. The pre- and post-WWII size is 1000 sq.m. 100-500 gravestones are in cemetery with 20-100 in original location and 1-20 not in original location. Less than 25% of the stones are toppled or broken. No stones were removed from the cemetery (probably.)
Vegetation in the site is not a problem. Water drainage is a constant problem. No special sections. The 19th and 20th century tombstones are made of other material, boulders or flat shapped with Hebrew and Hungarian inscription. The municipality owns site is used only as a Jewish cemetery. Adjacent properties are agricultural and industrial. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish individuals visit the never-vandalized cemetery. Care has been clearing of vegetation by a regular caretaker paid by the local Jewish community in Cluj. 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 May 7, 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 Muresan Pompei in Bogata de Sus.
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