|CIACOVA: Timis County|
International Jewish Cemetery Project - Romania C 4530 2107, 254.3 miles WNW of Bucharest and 32 km from Timisoara. Alternate names: Csakova, Csak (Hungarian), Tschakowa (German.) The cemetery is located at Targului Str. no. 8, Ciacova, 1931, judet Timis, Romania. Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.
The Jewish population by census was 123 in 1880, 123 in 1900, seventeen in 1910, and 63 in 1930. The unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog cemetery was established in first half of the 19th century. Last known burial was 1985.
The rural/agricultural flat land, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached via private property, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 70 x 70 m. 20-100 stones are visible with 20-100 in original location and 1-20 stones 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.
No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from 1830. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, iron, and concrete flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, carved relief-decorated, and double tombstones common gravestones have inscriptions in Hebrew, German, and Hungarian. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery and orchard. Adjacent properties are residential. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop.
The never vandalized cemetery Maintenance has been re-erection of stones, cleaning stones, and clearing vegetation. Current care is regular caretaker paid by the Jewish community of Timisoara. Within the limits of the cemetery is an empty preburial house. No threats.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited and completed survey in September 2000 using the following documentation:
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Mangol Iosif. [January 2003]