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CRISTURI - CRISENI: Salaj County [Cigányi, Crișeni, Cristur-Crișeni (Szilágyfőkeresztúr) and Gârceiu (Szilágygörcsön)] PDF Print E-mail

Crișeni (Hungarian: Cigányi) is a commune in Sălaj County consisting of three villages: Crișeni, Cristur-Crișeni (Szilágyfőkeresztúr) and Gârceiu (Szilágygörcsön). Crișeni village was founded in 1387. The local economy consists of crafts, services, agriculture, trade and tourism. 47°13′55″N 23°03′03″E



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The cemetery is located near the village of Cristur-Criseni, code 4752, judet Salaj, 4715 2305, 242.6 miles NW of Bucharest and 9 km from Zalau. Alternate name: Szilagyfokeresztur (Hungarian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Maior Andrei, tel. 620375, Criseni
  • The Jewish Community of Oradea, Mihai Viteazu Str. no. 4, 3700 Oradea, Romania, tel. 0040-59-134843 (132587)
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sf. Vineri Str., no. 9-11, sect. 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: none

The 1850 Jewish population by census was 0, in 1857 was 8, in 1880 was 23, in 1900 was 20, in 1910 was 22., and from 1930 census was 14. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Cehei, then in Simleul Silvaniei and on May 31, June 3, 6 they were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was 20th century.

The isolated hill and hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence with a non-locking gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 25 m. x 25 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. Water drainage is good all year. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century limestone, marble and granite common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Maintenance has been clearing vegetation Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals. No structures.

Cosmina Popa, Tatra Str. no. 4, tel. 064/ 128764, Cluj Napoca, 3400 and Ioana Oprea, Bd. 21 Decembrie, 13-15, 064/190849, Cluj-Napoca, 3400 visited the site and completed the survey on September 29, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Recensamantul din 1850. Transilvania (The 1850 Jewish population census. Transylvania) coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1996.
  • Recensamantul din 1857. Transilvania coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1997.
  • Recensamantul din 1880. Transilvania coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1997.
  • Recensamantul din 1900. Transilvania Traian Rotariu, Cluj, 1999
  • Recensamantul din 1910. Transilvania coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1999.
  • Recensamantul din 1930.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucuresti, 1994, in Romanian, Budapest, 1995, in Hungarian
  • Recensamantul general al populatiei din 29 decembrie 1930 (The General Census of the Population from December 29, 1930), vol. II, Bucuresti 1938
  • Szilagy megye Salaj zsidosaganak emlekkonyve, ed. Giladi David, Tel Aviv, 1989.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Romania din 7 ianuarie 1992 (The General Census of the Population of Romania from January 7, 1992), vol. I, Bucuresti, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitatilor din Transilvania (The Historical Dictionary of Localities in Transylvania), vol. I-II, Bucuresti, 1967

Cosmina Popa and Ioana Oprea interviewed Grad Cornel, Inspector for Culture, Zalau. [January 2003]


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