PODU TURCULUI: (judet Bacau) Print

 

US Commission No. ROCE-0063 -
The cemetery is located at Str. Sorana Topa no. 193, Podu Turcului, judet Bacau, 4612 2723, 137.0 miles NNE of Bucharest and 30 km. from Adjud (93 km. from Bacau). Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Spulber Viorel, Podu Turcului, judet Bacau.
  • The Jewish Community of Bacau.
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sfintu Vineri street, no. 9-11, sect. 3, Bucharest, Romania
  • A.D. Xenopol" Institute of History, Lascar Catargi Street, no. 15, 6600- Iasi Judet Iasi, Moldavia , Romania. Tel. 032/212614; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Director: Alexandru Zub.
  • Key holder and caretaker: Taca Stefan, Str. Sorana Topa, 187, Podu Turcului, judet Bacau
  • Interested: Burlui Ionel, Str. Sorana Topa nr.191, Podu Turcului, judet Bacau. Phone: 289092.

The Jewish population by 1838 census was 55 Jewish families, from 1899 census was 92 Jews, and in 1930 was 413. Noteworthy Jewish residents of the community were Goren Goldstein. The cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial in 1952. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery is 400 m from the congregation that used it.

The isolated urban hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 120 X 60 m. 20-100 stones are visible. All gravestones are in original location. More than 75% 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 19th century. The 20th century marble, limestone, and sandstone gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. Some have traces of painting on their surfaces, iron decorations or letting, bronze decorations or lettering, and other metallic elements. Some have portraits on stones. The Jewish Community of Bacau owns the property used for an orchard. Adjacent properties are in village residential setting with houses, gardens, orchards, and pastures. Rarely, local residents stop. The never vandalized cemetery has no maintenance. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures.

Lucian Nastasă, Clinicilor Street, no. 19, Cluj, Romania, tel. 064/190107. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it completed the survey on September 27, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • E. Schwarzfeld, Din istoria evreilor: împopularea, reîmpopularea si întemeierea tîrgurilor si tîrgusoarelor în Moldova, Bucuresti, 1894.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • N.Sutu, Notiti statistice asupra Moldaviei, Iasi, 1852.
  • George I.Lahovari, Marele dictionar geografic al României, 5 vol., Bucuresti, Edit.Socec, 1899.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei Romaniei. 1930, vol.II, Bucuresti, "Monitorul Oficial", 1938
  • I.M.Dinescu, Fiii neamului de la 1859 la 1915. Statistica sociala pe întelesul tuturora, Iasi, Institutul de Arte Grafice N.V.Stefaniu, 1920.
  • Leonida Colescu, Analiza rezultatelor recensamîntului general al populatiei României de la 1899, cu o prefata de Sabin Manuila, Bucuresti, Institutul de statistica, 1944.
  • Pinkas Hakehillot, Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities Romania, I-II, Ierusalim, 1980.
  • D. Ivanescu , Populatia evreiasca din orasele si tîrgurile Moldovei între 1774-1832, în "Studia et acta historiae iudaeorum romaniae", II, Bucuresti, Edit.Hasefer, 1997, p.59-65

Lucian Nastasă interviewed Burlui Ionel, Str. Sorana Topa nr.191, Podu Turcului, judet Bacau. Phone: 289092 on 24 September 2000. [January 2003]

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