CAMARASU: (jud. Cluj) Print

Cemetery is located at Camarasu, 3418 at 46°47' 24°08', 25.2 miles E of Cluj-Napoca at 46°46' 23°36'. Pusztakamaras is the alternate Hungarian name. The town population is 500-1,000 with no Jews.

  • Local authority: Mayor Iancu Mocean
  • 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 with key: Mocean Iancu, Camarasu 3418, Cluj county, Romania
  • Jewish population by census: 13 in 1880, 13 in 1880, and 15 in 1930. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in Cluj ghetto weredeported to Auschwitz between May 25 ? and June 9, 1944.
  • The gravestones date from 19th and 20th centuries. Unlandmarked, the isolated hillside Orthodox cemetery betwteen water to fields has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all via a fence and locking gate. The pre and post-WWII size is 34x16 meters. 100-500 gravestones are in the cemetery with 100-500 in original location and 1-20 not in original location. No 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 problem. No special sections. Tombstones are made of unknown material, smoothed and inscribed and multi-stone monuments with Hebrew inscriptions. The cemetery has a special monument to Holocaust victims. No known mass graves. The municipality owns the site is used only as a Jewish cemetery. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Organized Jewish tour or pilgrimage groups and private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors occasionally visit the site. Jewish Federation of Romania repaired the never-vandalized cemetery wall in 199with no Jews. Regular caretaker paid by the local Jewish congregation cares for the site. 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 March 31, 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)
On 1 April 2000, he interviewed Mocean Iancu in Camarasu.