CODAESTI: Vaslui County, Moldavia region Print

Located at 46°52' 27°45' in Vaslui County, Moldavia region. Two different cemeteries located on a hillside on the Western outskirts of the village are both enclosed and "maintained" by a local caretaker named Ion Adam. The older cemetery contains 100 stones, of which approximately 2/3 are legible. Perhaps as many were covered by a landslide following the 1982 earthquake and are irretrievably lost. Local villagers removed other stones. Stones in the older cemetery date between 1865 and 1895. The newer cemetery contains 180 stones, with separate sections for men, women, and children. Stones date from 1895-early 1960s. Stones are deteriorating rapidly; some 1950s stones are nearly illegible. I possess a site map and index of burials for both cemeteries. Source: Rick Bercuvitz: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [2000]

CODAIESTI (I): (Vaslui judet) US Commission No. _
The cemetery is located in Codaiesti, Vaslui judet, Moldavia region at 46°57' 27°35', 28 km from Vaslui. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Local Authority: Mayor Rebegea Mihai, Codaiesti, Vaslui judet
  • Religious Authority: The Jewish Community of Iasi, str. Elena Doamna 15, Iasi-6600, Iasi judet. Phone: 113711; 114414
  • Regional Authority: The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri str., no. 9-11, sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Interested: "A.D. Xenopol" Institute of History, Lascar Catargi str., no. 15, 6400- Iasi (Iasi judet), Romania. Tel. 032/212614; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Director: Alexandru Zub.
  • Caretaker with key: Adam C.Ioan, str. Cot 195, com. Codaiesti, Vaslui judet.

1838 Census registered 45, that from 1859 29 Jewish families. The 1899 Census registered 215 Jewish inhabitants. The 1930 Census registered 410 Jewish inhabitants. The Jewish Community was founded in 1838. This Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century. The last known Jewish burial in cemetery was the end of the 19th century. The unlandmarked Conservative cemetery is 1.5 km. from the congregation that used it.

The isolated rural (agricultural) hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by crossing private property, access is open with permission. Reached by turning directly off a public road, the cemetery has a gate that locks.

The pre-WWII size is 120 m X 50 m and after is 50 m X 50 m. 20 to 100 stones are visible. 1 to 20 are not in original location. 25% - 50% are broken or toppled. Vegetation overgrowth is a seasonal problem, preventing access. Water drainage is good all year. Tombstones date from the 19th century. Tombstones and memorial markers are limestone and sandstone flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, and flat stones with carved relief decoration. Some have portraits on stones. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and Romanian.

The national Jewish community owns the cemetery property used for agricultural purposes. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private visitors (Jewish or non-Jewish) stop. Maintenance of the never vandalized cemetery is repair of fence and gate. Care is annual clearing of vegetation by the caretaker: Adam C.Ioan, who uses the land for agricultural purposes as payment. No structures.

Weather erosion is a very serious threat. In 1982, a landslide covered one-quarter of the cemetery. Vegetation is a moderate threat.

Lucian Nastasa, Clinicilor str., no. 19, Cluj, Romania, tel. 064/190107. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it completed the survey on July 20, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • E.Schwarzfeld, Din istoria evreilor: împopularea, reîmpopularea si întemeierea tîrgurilor si tîrgusoarelor în Moldova, Bucuresti, 1894.
  • N.Sutu, Notiti statistice asupra Moldaviei, Iasi, 1852.
  • George I. Lahovari, Marele dictionar geografic al Romaniei, 5 vol., Bucuresti, Edit.Socec, 1899.
  • I.M. Dinescu, Fiii neamului de la 1859 la 1915. Statistica sociala pe întelesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei Romaniei de la 1899, cu o prefată de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Jerusalem, 1980.
  • D.Ivanescu, Populatia evreiască din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832 , în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum Romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p. 59-65.

He visited July 18, 2000 and interviewed Codaiesti, Adam C.Ioan.

 

CODAIESTI (II): (Vaslui judet) US Commission No. _
See Codaiesti I for town details.

  • Caretaker with key: Adam C.Ioan, str. Cot 195, com. Codaiesti, Vaslui judet.
  • This Conservative Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century. The last known Jewish burial in cemetery was in 1967. The unlandmarked cemetery is 2.5 km. from the congregation that used it.

The isolated rural (agricultural) hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road and crossing other public property, the village pasture, access is open with permission. A continuous masonry wall and a gate that locks surrounds.

The pre- and post-WWII size is 100 m X 100 m. 100 to 500 tombstones are visible in the cemetery. 1 to 20 are not in original location. Less than 25% are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth and water drainage are not problems. Gravestones date from the end of 19th century to the 20th.

The limestone, sandstone, and other material tombstones are flat shaped stones, finely soothed and inscribed stones, and flat stones with carved relief decoration. The cemetery contains tombstones that are flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, and flat stones with carved relief decoration. Some have portraits on stones. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and Romanian.

The national Jewish community owns the cemetery property used for agricultural purposes. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose the same area. Rarely, private visitors (Jewish or non-Jewish) stop. The never vandalized cemetery care includes fence repair and annual clearing of vegetation by the regular caretaker: Adam C.Ioan, who uses the land for agricultural purposes as payment. No structures. Security and weather erosion are slight threats.

Lucian Nastasa, Clinicilor str., no. 19, Cluj, Romania, tel. 064/190107. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it completed the survey on July 20, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • I.M. Dinescu, Fiii neamului de la 1859 la 1915. Statistica sociala pe întelesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei Romaniei de la 1899, cu o prefată de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Jerusalem, 1980.
  • D.Ivanescu, Populatia evreiască din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832 , în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum Romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p. 59-65.
  • George I. Lahovari, Marele dictionar geografic al Romaniei, 5 vol., Bucuresti, Edit.Socec, 1899.
  • E.Schwarzfeld, Din istoria evreilor: împopularea, reîmpopularea si întemeierea tîrgurilor si tîrgusoarelor în Moldova, Bucuresti, 1894.
  • N.Sutu, Notiti statistice asupra Moldaviei, Iasi, 1852.
He visited July 18, 2000 and interviewed Adam C.Ioan, Codaiesti, July 18, 2000. [June 2002]