International Jewish Cemetery Project - Romania F-J
The cemetery is located at Geoagiu, 2616, judet Hunedoara (outside the village), 4555 2312, 174.4 miles NW of Bucharest and 12 km from Orastie. Alternate name: Algyogyalfalu (Hungarian). Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.
- Mayor Maris Gheorghe, Town Hall of Geoagiu, 2616, judet Hunedoara
- The Jewish Community of Deva, Libertatii Str. no. 9, Romania, tel. 0040-54-215550
- 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,
- Key holder and caretaker: Albu Ion, Geoagiu
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 105, by 1900 census was 121 and in 1930 was 88. The cemetery was established in first half of the 19th century. Noteworthy individuals buried in The unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog cemetery: Cohanim: Itzik Katz(d. 1855), Itzchak ben Elia haCohen (d. 1831). Last known burial was 1937.
The isolated hill has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all.
A fence surrounds the site with a non-locking gate. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 46 x 42 m. 20-100 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are 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 1831. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, iron, and concrete flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated, and double tombstones have Hebrew, German, and Hungarian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for
Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop.
The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been cleaning stones and clearing vegetation. Current care is a regular caretaker paid by the Jewish community of Deva. No structures. Security is a moderate threat.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey in 24 September 2000 using the following documentation:
- Recensamantul din 1880. Transilvania coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1997.
- Recensamantul din 1900. Transilvania Traian Rotariu, Cluj, 1999
- Recensamantul general al populatiei din 29 decembrie 1930 (The General Census of the Population from December 29, 1930), vol. II, Bucuresti 1938
- 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
- Zsido Lexicon, ed. by Ujvari Peter, Budapest, 1929
- Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucuresti, 1994, in Romanian
- Izvoare si marturii referitoare la evreii din Romania (Sources and Testimonies on the Jews in Romania), vol. III/1-2, coord. L. Gyemant, L. Benjamin, Bucuresti, Ed. Hasefer, 1999
- Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitatilor din Transilvania (The Historical Dictionary of Localities in Transylvania), vol. I-II, Bucuresti, 1967
- Microsoft Auto Route Express 1999
- Gyemant, Ladislau. Evreii din Transilvania in epoca emanciparii, 1790-1867 (The Jews of Transylvania in the Age of Emancipation 1790-1867), Bucuresti, ed, Enciclopedica, 2000
- Otto Mitelstrass, Historisch-Landeskundlicher Atlas von Siebenburgen, Ortsnamenbuch, Heidelberg, 1992
No interviews. [January 2003]