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International Jewish Cemetery Project - Romania C The cemetery is located at Caracal, Mihai Viteazul Str. no. 188, 0800, judet Olt, Romania. 4407 2421, 89.2 miles WSW of Bucharest and 53 km from Craiova. Present town population is 25,000-100,000 with fewer than 10 Jews.

  • Local Authority: Mayor Clinea Grigore, Town Hall of Caracal, 0800, Romania
  • Local religious authority: Local religious authority: The Jewish Community of Craiova, Horezului Str. no. 15, 1100, Romania, tel. 0040-51-417565
  • National religious authority: The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str., no. 9-11, sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Interested: "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: Rubin Steifel, Bicaz Str. no. 6, Caracal

The 1889 Jewish census population was registered 211 Jewish inhabitants and was 200 in 1930. The unlandmarked Orthodox The cemetery was established at end of the 19th century. Last known burial was 1990. The urban flat land cemetery has sign in Romanian that mentions Jews. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A masonry wall with a gate that locks surrounds the site.

Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 220 x 36 m. 20-100 stones are visible. 20-100 stones are in original location. 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 not a problem. Water drainage is good all year.

The oldest known gravestone dates from end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century memorial markers are marble, granite, slate, and concrete flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated. Some have metal fences around graves. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and Romanian. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are commercial or industrial. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never-vandalized cemetery Maintenance has been cleaning stones and clearing vegetation. Current care is regular caretaker paid by the Jewish community of ? Within the limits of the cemetery is an empty preburial house. No threats.

Ursutiu Claudia, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, tel: 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey on 12 July 2001 using the following documentation:

  • Recensamantul general al populatiunei Romaniei din decembrie 1899 (The
    General Census of the Population of Romania from December 1889), Bucuresti,
    Lito-tipografia L. Motzatzeanu, 1900
  • Recensamantul general al populatiei Romaniei din 29 decembrie 1930, vol.
    II (The General Census of the Population of Romania from 29 December 1930,
    vol. II), Bucuresti, 1938
  • N. Iorga, Istoria evreilor in terile noastre (The History of the Jews of
    our Countries), Bucuresti, 1913.
  • M. Schwarzfeld, O ochire asupra istoriei evreilor din timpurile cele mai
    departate pina la anul 1850
    , (A look at the Jewish History from the
    beginning until 1850), Bucuresti, 1887
  • C. Iancu, Evreii din Romania 1866-1919 (The Jews from Romania), Bucuresti
    1996

Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed the wife of Rubin Steifel, 12. 07. 2001, Caracal. [January 2003]

 

 
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