|ORAVITA: Caras Severin County|
The cemetery is located in Oravita, Livezilor Street, 1750, judet Caras Severin, 4502 2140, 221.3 miles WNW of Bucharest and 57 km from Resita. Alternate names: Oravica (Hungarian); Orawitza (German). Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with fewer than 10 Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 72; by1900 census was 82, and in 1930 was 101. The unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was interwar period.
The urban flat land, separate but near other cemeteries, Jewish symbols on wall or gate mark the cemetery. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 120 X 42 m. 20-100 stones are visible, some 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 a seasonal problem preventing access. Water drainage is good all year.
No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from second half of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, and limestone concrete flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated, and double tombstones have Hebrew and German inscriptions. Some have metal fences around graves. No known mass graves.
The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are recreational and agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey in 4 July 2000 using the following documentation:
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu visited and interviewed Golombau Nicolae, Livezilor Street no. 12, 04. 07. 2001, Oravita. [January 2003]