|FRUMUSICA: Botosani, Moldavia|
International Jewish Cemetery Project - Romania F-J Located at 47°32' 26°54' in Botosani county, Moldavia region. Town population: under 1,000 with no current Jewish population.
The mayor of the town of Frumusica is interested in the site and may share information.
Caretaker.A miniscule Jewish community, 15 km. from Hirlau, Frumusica (probably suburban to Hirlau.)
From the respondent's father's account, the town had maybe fifty Jews. Jewish Encyclopedia says the Jewish population was less than 200.
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Frumusica is located in Botosani judet, Moldavia region at 47°39' 26°58', 46 km from Tîrgu Frumos. Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jewish population.
The 1831 Census registered 82 Jewish inhabitants and that from 1899 registered 79 Jewish inhabitants. The 1930 Census registered 36 Jewish inhabitants. Prominent residents include Avraham Sechter (1853-1918), scholar rabbi. This Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century. The last known Jewish burial in cemetery was in 1941. The unlandmarked Conservative cemetery is 2 km from the congregation that used it.
The isolated flat rural (agricultural) land has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open with permission. A continuous masonry wall and a gate that locks surround. The pre- and post-WWII size is 70 m X 60 m. 100 - 500 tombstones are visible with 1 to 20 not in original location. More than 75% are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth and water drainage are not problems. Tombstones date from end of the 19th to the 20th century.
The marble, limestone, and sandstone tombstones are rough stones or boulders, flat shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, and flat stones with carved relief decoration. Some have portraits on the stones. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and Romanian.
The national Jewish community owns the cemetery property now is used for Jewish cemetery and agriculture. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose the same area. Rarely, private visitors (Jewish or non-Jewish) stop. The never vandalized cemetery has no maintenance but care is by the regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. Security, weather erosion, and vegetation are slight threats.
He visited July 21, 2000 and interviewed Cretu Constantin, Frumusica, Botosani judet. Phone: 032/554108. [June 2002]
Photos by Charles Burns [March 2016]
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