|RAZOARE: Maramures County|
US Commission No. ROCE-0363
Alternate names of town or village: Hungarian: Macskamezo. Located in Maramures County at 47°27' 23°47', 28.4 kilometers SSE of Baia Mare and approximately 6 km. south of Tirgu Lapus, on the left hand side of the main road, heading north, in the center of town. It is on the flat lawn between the school (grades I-VIII) and the main road.
Although no physical trace of this cemetery currently is visible in Razoare (Macskamezo), we learned from Ioan Corabian (77) and several other elderly residents that a Jewish cemetery indeed once existed on what is now the front lawn of a public school. Before construction of the school, at an unconfirmed date during the time of Ceaucescu, there were six stones standing. No one was sure what happened to the stones at the time of construction, although one informant believed that the stones had been removed to the cemetery in Tirgu Lapus. According to the informants, the school is not within the boundaries of the former graveyard but it is impossible to determine. Mr. Corabian said that the cemetery was very old. Therefore, he did not know which families the graves belonged to, though he is fairly certain that they were not any of the two Jewish families, who lived in town prior to deportation during the Second World War. The two families that he recalls being deported were TIRPRA and SURSA. For this reason, it is possible that the graves belonged to families who left around 1918 (the Bela Kun uprising). Mrs. Pohlman, caretaker of the cemetery in Tirgu Lapus, was unable to confirm or deny that there was ever a cemetery in Razoare, but she did say that two people from there were buried in Tirgu Lapus.