|SANISLAU: Satu Mare County, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0578
The cemetery is located in Sanislau, 3827, judet Satu Mare, 4738 2220, 285.3 miles NW of Bucharest and 16 km from Carei. Alternate name: Szaniszlo (Hungarian); Stanislau (German). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 128, by 1900 census was 240 and in 1930 was 183. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Carei, then in that from Satu Mare and on May 19, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31, and June 1 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period.
The rural/agricultural hill, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A masonry wall with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 54 x 36 m. 20-100 stones are visible, some not in original location. 25%-50% 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 oldest known gravestone dates from second half of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and concrete flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated, and double tombstones common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves.
The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural and local cemetery. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation by Jewish individuals within the country in 1998. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals. No structures. Weather erosion is a moderate threat.
. Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey 26 July 2000 using the following documentation:
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Szilagyi Maria, Sanislau. [January 2003]