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The cemetery is located at Pincota, Cimitirului Street, no. 1, 2911, judet Arad, 4620 2142, 250.4 miles WNW of Bucharest and 21.0 miles ENE of Arad. Alternate names: Pankota ( Hungarian) and Pancota. Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Retter Iosif, Pincota, Luncii Street, no. 8, phone: +40-57-466245
  • The Jewish Community of Arad, 10, Tribunul Dobra Street, 2900 Arad, Romania. Tel. +40-57-281310
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sfintu Vineri Str., no 9-11, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii Street, 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: Kiss Jolan, Soarelui Street, no. 6, Pincota, judet Arad, Romania

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 124 and in 1910 was 174. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1938,

The isolated rural/agricultural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road,
access is open to all. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. The cemetery needs restoration. The very beautiful monuments are marked by the passing of the time. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 1 hectare. 100-500 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are 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 constant problem damaging stones. Water drainage is good all year. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and slate, iron, and "other" sculpted monuments and common gravestones have Hebrew, Romanian, and Hungarian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for orchard. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Occasionally, individual tours and private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. Within the limits of the cemetery is an ohel and a sculpted column with flowers; and a shield shape monument. Vegetation is a moderate threat.

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14, 3400 Cluj-Napoca
completed the survey on August 30, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Coriolan Suciu, Dicţionar istoric al localităţilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968
  • Marki Sandor, Arad varmegye es Arad szabad kiralyi varos tortenete, Arad, 1895
  • 1880 census, Bucharest, Edit. Staff, 1999.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)

He visited the site August 30, 2000 and interviewed Kiss Jolan. [January 2003]

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