|SATMAREL: Satu Mare County, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0580
The cemetery is located at Satmarel, 3999, town Satu Mare, judet Satu Mare, 4744 2248, 277.2 miles NNW of Bucharest and 3 km from Satu Mare. Alternate name: Szatmarzsadany (Hungarian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 19, by 1900 census was 31 and in 1930 was 20. 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 via private property, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 17 x 16 m. 1-20 stones are visible, not in original location. More than 75% of the stones are toppled or broken. Stones removed from the cemetery probably in the farms. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is not a problem. 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 cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. Maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals. No structures. Security is a serious threat. (broken fence, a gate that does not lock). 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 24 July 2000 using the following documentation:
They interviewed Mare Vasile, Satmarel. [January 2003]