CAPORAL ALEXA: Judetul Arad Print

Alternate/former name is Erdoskerek (Hungarian.) 4620 2135, 255.3 miles WNW of Bucharest and 37 km from Arad. The cemetery borders the Orthodox one, at the end of the Baptist one, and under three old trees covered by savage vegetation. The three gray obelisks are down and destroyed. In the 1950s, three gypsy kids played on the ground, an obelisk fell on one of them; and the boy died. He was five or six years old. Then, the whole local gypsy community came into the cemetery and demolished all the stones. The cemetery is in the western side of the village in the area traditionally named "la tei." Present total town population is 800 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Ilica Ioan, Santana
  • The Jewish Community of Arad, 10, Tribunul Dobra Str., 2900 Arad, Romania. Tel. +40-57-281310
  • 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: Ex-caretaker: Laza Florin, Caporal Alexa, no. 227, 2980

The Jewish population by census was seven in 1880: and seven in 1910. The unlandmarked Orthodox The cemetery was established at beginning of the 19th century. Last known burial was 1976. No other towns used this cemetery. The isolated rural/agricultural flat land is reached by turning directly off a public road. Access is open to all. No wall, gate, or fence surrounds the site.

Three gravestones are in cemetery, not in original location. All three are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth is a constant problem damaging stones. Water drainage is a constant problem. No special section. The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century granite and concrete memorial markers are smoothed and inscribed. Inscriptions on tombstones are in Hungarian.

The national Jewish community owns the cemetery property is now used for Jewish cemetery only. Properties adjacent to cemetery are agricultural. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose the cemetery boundaries are smaller because of agriculture. Rarely, private visitors stop at the never-vandalized cemetery. No maintenance. No care. No structures. Security is a very serious threat (no wall, open gate, no caretaker.) Weather erosion and pollution are moderate threats. Vegetation is a very serious threat. (The vegetation damages the tombs.)
Vandalism is a very serious threat. (Over time, the stones were damaged.)

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Str., Bl. R1, apt. 14, Cluj-Napoca, 3400 visited the site and completed the survey on September 15, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The Transylvanian Census from 1880, Bucharest, Staff Publishing House, 1997;
  • The Transylvanian Census from 1910, Bucharest, Staff Publishing House, 1999;
  • The General Census of the Population of Romania - December 29, 1930, I-III, Bucharest, 1938
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dicþionar istoric al localitatilot din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968

Pecican interviewed Laza Florin, Caporal Alexa on August 28, 2000. [January 2003]