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International Jewish Cemetery Project - Romania Bo-Bu

The cemetery is located at Buia, Mare Str., cod 2465, judet Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania at 4558 2417, 137.9 miles NW of Bucharest and 35 km from Medias. Alternate names are Bolya (Hungarian) and Bell (German).  Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Anghelina Ioan, Seica Mare, tel. 853989
  • The Jewish Community of Sibiu, Blanarilor Str., no. 15, cod 2400, Sibiu, Romania, Tel. 0040-69-216904.
  • The Federation of The Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str. no. 9-11, sect. 3, Bucharest, Romania
  • "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii Str. no. 7-9, room 61, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Director: Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Caretaker and key holder: none

The Jewish population by census was 35 in 1850, fourteen in 1910, and twenty in 1930. The Jews from Sibiu County, Transylvania were put into forced labor detachments and deported all over the country, especially in Moldova, between 1942-1944.

The 19th and 20th century Orthodox cemetery's unlandmarked rural woods/forest isolated hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is entirely closed. A fence surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 25 m x 25 m. 1-20 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are and 1-20 stones are 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 19th and 20th century limestone and sandstone tombstones are flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones. Have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are woods. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop at the never vandalized cemetery with n maintenance or care now. No structures. Weather erosion is a moderate threat.

Oprea Ioana, B-dul 21 Decembrie, no. 13-15, ap. 6, Cluj Napoca, tel: 190
849 and Popa Cosmina, Tatra Str., no. 4, ap. 11, Cluj Napoca, tel: 128 764 visited the site and completed the survey on December 12, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1850, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1996
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1857, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1997
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1880, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1999
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1910, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 2000
  • Ernest Wager, Historisch - Statistisches - Ortsnamenbuch fur Siebenburgen, Koln-Wien, Ed. Bohlau, 1977
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. Istoria evreilor din Transilvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitãþilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Transilvania - 1930 decembrie 29, I-III, Bucharest, 1938

No interviews. [January 2003]


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