|CAUACEU: Bihor County, Transylvania|
International Jewish Cemetery Project - Romania C The cemetery is located in Cauceu, 3744, com. Biharia, judet Bihor, Romania a t 4710 2157, 15 km from Oradea at 4704 2156. Alternate names: Hegykozkovacsi (Hungarian) and Cauaceu in Romanian. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
In 1828-1829 census, one Jew registered. The 1880 Jewish population by census was 47 and by 1900 census was 84. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the Oradea ghetto and on May 23, 25, 28-30, and June 1-5, 27 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in second half of 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period.
The rural/agricultural flat land, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached via other public local cemetery, access is open to all via a non-locking gate. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 58 x 8 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some 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 and disturbing stones. Water drainage is good all year.
No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from second half of 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, limestone, and concrete and local stone flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated common gravestones have Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are in village residential setting with houses, gardens, orchards, and pastures, and local cemetery. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop at the never vandalized cemetery. No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security is a serious threat. Vegetation is a serious threat.
Ursutiu Claudia, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, tel: 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey on 2 July 2000 using the following documentation:
No interviews. [January 2003]