|RATESTI: Satu Mare County, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0575 -
The cemetery is located in Ratesti, 3967, com. Beltiug, judet Satu Mare, 4735 2253, 266.6 miles NW of Bucharest and 27 km from Satu Mare. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 81, by 1900 census was 33, and in 1930 was 12. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Satu Mare and on May 19, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31, and June 1 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established at end of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period
The rural/agricultural flat land, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence with a non-locking gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 92 x 14 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some not 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 a constant problem damaging stones. Water drainage is good all year.
The oldest known gravestone dates from end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century limestone flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves.
The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are in village residential setting with houses, gardens, orchards, and pastures. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery had no maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security and weather erosion are moderate threats. Vegetation is a very serious threat. (The cemetery is completely covered by vegetation).
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey 27 July 2000 using the following documentation:
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Ghetea Vasile, Giungi. [January 2003]