SEITIN: Arad County, Transylvania Print

 

US Commission No. ROCE-0046 -

The cemetery is located at Seitin, NW out of the village, 2963, judet Arad, 4606 2051, 279.8 miles WNW of Bucharest and 44 km from Arad. Alternate name: Sajteny (Hungarian). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Pacurar Remus, N. Balcescu Street, no. 2, phone: +40-57-415263, judet Arad
  • The Jewish Community of Arad, 10, Tribunul Dobra Street, 2900 Arad, Romania. Tel. +40-57-281310
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sfintu Vineri Str., no 9-11, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii Street, no. 7-9, room 61, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, director: Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Key holder: Feier Roman, 16 februarie Street, no. 70, Seitin, Romania

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 106 and in 1910 census was 58. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1940.

The isolated rural/agricultural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached via private road, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate. Bad general impression comes from stolen fences, stone in bad condition, and savage vegetation. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 15 m X 40 m. 20-100 stones are visible, all 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 not a problem. Water drainage is a constant problem. No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, and "other" flat shaped common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was not vandalized in the last ten years. No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security and vandalism are very severe threats:

Elisabeta Pecican, Revolution Avenue, no. 35, apt. 31, Arad, 2900 visited the site and completed the survey on September 10, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Coriolan Suciu, Dicţionar istoric al localităţilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968
  • Marki Sandor, Arad varmegye es Arad szabad kiralyi varos tortenete, Arad, 1895
  • The Jewish population by 1880 Census, Bucharest, Edit. Staff, 1999.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)

Elisabeta Pecican interviewed Feier Roman, Seitin. [January 2003]