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Alternate Hungarian name: Petoet. Located in Maramures County at 47°25' 23°44', 30.0 km SSE of Baia Mare and approximately 10 km from Tirgu Lapus. The site is visible from the main road through the village to Vima Mica on the right just after the War memorial in the center of the village.

  • Responsible for site: Comunitatea Evreilor (Baia Mare), Str. Somesului Nr. 5, 4800 Baia Mare, Jud. Maramures, Romania. Tel: (40-62) 211-231. Comunitatea Evreilor (Bucuresti), Str. Sf. Vineri 9-11, Bucuresti, Tel: (40-1) 157-441.
  • Caretaker: Flore & Gheorghe Florian, Peteritea nr. 93, Com. Vima Mica, Jud. Maramures, Romania. Gheorghe Florian is listed on the Baia Mare Community list as the caretaker, but he has recently passed away and Flore Florian currently looks after the cemetery.

The cemetery in Peteritea (Petoret) is in a kitchen garden about 1m. below the main road (on the right hand side) through the village towards Vima Mica. The caretaker reported that about two years ago a large truck fell over the margin of the road into the cemetery, knocking down several stones. The possibility of another similar accident (the road shoulder widens at this point and is a favored parking spot for trucks) is the main threat to the site. Otherwise, Mrs. Florean clears vegetation from the site every year, and there appears to be little danger that further stones will be taken.
The cemetery location is rural (agricultural), on flat land, and isolated with no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all.Hedges, tress, and bushes surround the cemetery. No fence or gate. Present cemetery size is 169 square meters (Baia Mare List), approximately 10x30m.

Sixteen limestone and sandstone flat-shaped, smoothed and Hebrew-inscribed gravestones are in cemetery, regardless of condition or position with 14 in original location, and 4 broken or toppled. Six stones leaning. Stones probably were removed and incorporated in roads or structures. Vegetation and water drainage are not a problem. The site is owned by a private individual and is used for an orchard and house yard. Properties adjacent to the cemetery are agricultural and residential, located in a village residential setting, e.g. very near to houses with adjacent gardens, orchards and pastures. The site is visited rarely by local residents. The cemetery is known to have been vandalized occasionally in the last ten years and between 1945 and ten years ago. Care: seasonal clearing vegetation by local non-Jewish resident unpaid caretaker. Uncontrolled access and weather erosion are slight threats.

John DeMetrick and Christina Crowder, (formerly of Cluj, they have no further information) , completed this survey in April 2000 using a list of cemeteries known by the Jewish Community in Baia Mare. They visited the site on 9 April 2000 and interviewed Flore Florean, Peteritea nr. 93, Com. Vima Mica, Jud. Maramures. She is 69 years old.

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