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The cemetery is located in Dragasani, 0900, on the right side of the road Dragasani - Pitesti, 500 m outside of the town, judet Vilcea, Romania. 4439 2416, 91.5 miles W of Bucharest and 54 km from Rimnicu Vilcea.

Present town population is 25,000-100,000 with no Jews.

Mayor Iordache Gheorghe, Town Hall of Dragasani, 0900, judet Vilcea

The Jewish Community of Pitesti, 19 Noiembrie Str. no. 1, Romania, tel.: 0040-48-632300

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

  • Caretaker: Dima Maria, Voiculescu Str., no. 33, Dragasani

The Jewish population by census was 94 in 1889 and 73 in 1930. The unlandmarked Orthodox The cemetery was established at end of the 19th century. Last known burial was 1972. The isolated urban flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A broken masonry wall, a broken fence and a gate that locks surround the site.

Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 80 x 60 m. 20-100 stones are visible. 20-100 stones are in original location. 20-100 stones are not in original location. 25%-50% 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 end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble and concrete tombstones are flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated. Some have iron decoration or lettering. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and Romanian. No known mass graves.

The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery and orchard. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. Maintenance has been clearing vegetation and fixing wall by local non-Jewish residents in 2000. Current care is regular caretaker paid by the Jewish community of Pitesti. No structures. Security is a very severe threat: isolated and far from the town. Vandalism is a moderate threat.

Ursutiu Claudia, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, tel: 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey on 6 July 2001 using the following documentation:

  • Recensamantul general al populatiunei Romaniei din decembrie 1899 (The
    General Census of the Population of Romania from December 1889), Bucuresti,
  • Lito-tipografia L. Motzatzeanu, 1900
  • Recensamantul general al populatiei Romaniei din 29 decembrie 1930, vol. II (The General Census of the Population of Romania from 29 December 1930, vol. II), Bucuresti, 1938
  • N. Iorga, Istoria evreilor in terile noastre (The History of the Jews of our Countries), Bucuresti, 1913.
  • M. Schwarzfeld, O ochire asupra istoriei evreilor din timpurile cele mai departate pina la anul 1850, (A look at the Jewish History from The beginning until 1850), Bucuresti, 1887
  • C. Iancu, Evreii din Romania 1866-1919 (The Jews from Romania), Bucuresti

Claudia & Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Ungureanu Ion in Dragasani. [January 2003]


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