|PORUMBACU de JOS: Sibiu County|
US Commission No. ROCE-0608 -
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.
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
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
No interviews. [January 2003]