|SANCEL: Alba judet|
Alternate name: Sâncel, Sîncel. 46°12' N 23°57' E, 160.5 miles NW of Bucureşti.
I visited the Jewish cemetery in Sancel. An elderly non-Jew is supposedly looking after it, but it is unkempt, strewn with vegetative growth and weeds, and 'protected' by a collapsing fence.
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The cemetery is located at Str. M. Eminescu no. 50, com. Sancel, judet Alba, 4612 2357, 160.5 miles NW of Bucharest and 10 km from Blaj. Alternate name: Szancsal (Hungarian), SANCEL (Romanian.) Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 41 and in 1930 was 23. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established at the end of the 19th century with last known burial in 1985 (Ghezel Rozalia.) The isolated rural/agricultural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached via private property, access is open with permission. A fence with a non-locking gate surrounds the site.
Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 30 X 100 m. 20-100 stones are visible, all 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 the end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, limestone, and sandstone boulders, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated have Hebrew, Romanian, and Hungarian inscriptions. Some have portraits on stones.
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 had no maintenance. Current care is unpaid regular caretaker. No structures.
On 26 October 2000, Lucian Nastasă interviewed Hatzegan Ion, Str. M. Eminescu no. 50, com. Sancel, judet Alba. Phone: 058/885204. [January 2003]
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