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The cemetery is located at Porumbacu de Jos, near the village, cod 2412, judet Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania. Alternate names are Also-Porumbak (Hungarian) and Unterbornbach (German.) 4545 2427, 121.4 miles NW of Bucharest and 30 km from Sibiu. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Morariu Gheorghe, Porumbacu de Jos, tel. 522201
  • The Jewish Community of Timisoara, Gheorghe Lazar Street no. 5, Romania, tel., Timisoara, 1900, Romania
  • The Federation of The Jewish Communities of Romania, Sfintu Vineri Street no. 9-11, sect. 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
  • Caretaker and key holder: None

The Jewish population by census was seven in 1850, 26 in 1880, nineteen in 1910, and three in 1930. The Jews from Sibiu County were put into forced labor detachments. They were deported all over the country, especially in Moldova, between 1942-1944.

The 19th and 20th century unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery rural/agricultural
isolated flat land 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 50 m x 25 m. 1-20 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are and 1-20 stones are not in original location. Less than 25% 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 19th and 20th century limestone and sandstone memorial markers are flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones. Have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Pre- and post-WWII size is the same. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery has no maintenance or care. No structures. Weather erosion is a moderate threat.

Oprea Ioana, B-dul 21 Decembrie, no. 13-15, ap.6, Cluj Napoca, tel: 190
849 and Popa Cosmina, Tatra Street, no. 4, ap.11, Cluj Napoca, tel: 128 764 visited and completed the survey on December 12, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1850, Bucharest,
    Ed. Staff, 1996
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1857,
    Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1997
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1880,
    Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1999
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1910,
    Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 2000
  • Ernest Wager, Historisch - Statistisches - Ortsnamenbuch fur
    , Koln-Wien, Ed. Bohlau, 1977
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. Istoria evreilor din Transilvania
    , Bucharest, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitãþilor din Transilvania,
    I-II, Bucharest, 1968.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Transilvania - 1930
    decembrie 29, I-III, Bucharest, 1938

No interviews. [January 2003]

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