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The cemetery is located in Moravita, 1930, judet Timis, Transylvania, Romania. The alternate names are Moravica, Temesmora (Hungarian), Morawitza (German.) 4516 2116, 243.5 miles WNW of Bucharest and 60 km from Timisoara. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Dobrujan Vasile, Town Hall of Moravita, 1930, judet Timis
  • The Jewish Community of Timisoara, Gheorghe Lazar Str. no. 5, Romania, tel., Timisoara, 1900, Romania
  • 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
  • No caretaker.

The 1880 Jewish population by census was 32, in 1900 was 21, and in 1930 was one. The unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was probably inter-war period.

The rural/agricultural hillside, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all with no wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 24 x 22 m. 1-20 stones are visible with stones in original location and1-20 stones not in original location. More than 75% of the stones are toppled or broken. Location of removed stones is unknown. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a constant problem disturbing stones. Water drainage is good all year.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 1876. The 19th and 20th century marble and sandstone flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and German. 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 cemetery was not vandalized in the last ten years or occasionally in the last ten years. [sic] No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security is a serious threat (no gate, and far away from the village.) Vegetation is a very serious threat (Vegetation completely envelopes the stones.)

Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited and completed survey in 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
  • Victor Neumann, Istoria evreilor din Banat (A history of the Jews from Banat), Bucuresti, Atlas, 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

Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu did no interviews. [January 2003]

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