ILIA: Hunedoara County Print


The cemetery is located in Ilia, Unirii Str., 2734, judet Hunedoara, 4556 2239, 24 km from Deva. Alternate names: Marosillye (Hungarian), Illiendorf (German.) Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Petric Nicolae, Town Hall of Ilia, 2734, 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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Key holder and caretaker: Popovici Petru, Unirii Str. no. 24, Ilia

The 1850 Jewish population by census was 15, by 1880 census was 55, by 1900 census was 92, and in 1930 was 106. The cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Noteworthy individuals buried in the unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog cemetery: Cohanim: Albert Kohn, Shlomo ben Iosef, Rapaport Leopold and one orthodox rabbi (because the bad condition of the gravestone it was impossible to decipher the name or other details) Last known burial was 1981.

The hill and flat land, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A masonry wall and fence with a gate that locks. surround the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 70 x 12 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 1880. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, limestone, and concrete flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated, and double tombstones have Hebrew, Hungarian, and Romanian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are residential. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been re-erection of stones, cleaning stones, and clearing vegetation. Current care is regular caretaker paid by the Jewish community of Deva. No structures.

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
  • Otto Mitelstrass, Historisch-Landeskundlicher Atlas von Siebenburgen, Ortsnamenbuch, Heidelberg, 1992
  • Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Popovici Petru, 24. 09. 2000, Ilia. [January 2003]