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The cemetery is located at Chisineu Cris, Prunului Str., nr.6, 2975, judet Arad, 4632 2131, 265.0 miles NW of Bucharest and 42 km from Arad. Alternate names: Kisjeno (Hungarian), CHISINAU-CRIS (Romanian.). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Burdan Gheorghe, Chisineu Cris, Infratirii Str., Garsoniere 4, phone: +40-57-520098 judet Arad
  • 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, Sector 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
  • Key holder and caretaker: Mocanu Irina, Prunului Str., no. 5, Chisineu Cris, phone: +40-57-520650, Romania

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 92 and by 1910 census was 213. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1970. The cemetery is well preserved, noticeably even from outside. The beautiful, impressive monuments include a special sculpted monument dedicated to Jewish General Mann Andor.

The isolated urban flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 60 m x 30 m. 20-100 stones are visible, all gravestones 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 oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, and sandstone flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed, sculpted monuments, metallic elements other than bronze or iron gravestones have Hebrew, Hungarian, and Romanian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for orchard. Adjacent properties are in village residential setting with houses, gardens, orchards, and pastures. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is regular caretaker. Within the limits of the cemetery is a preburial house and house of the caretaker structures.

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Str., Bl. R1, apt. 14, 3400 Cluj-Napoca completed the survey on September 9, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Coriolan Suciu, Dicţionar istoric al localităţilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968
  • Marki Sandor, Arad varmegye es Arad szabad kiralyi varos tortenete, Arad, 1895
  • 1880 census, Bucharest, Edit. Staff, 1999.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)

He visited the site September 9, 2000 and interviewed Mocanu Irina, Chisineu Cris. [January 2003]


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