|SEMLAC: Arad judet, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0048 -
The cemetery is located in Semlac along the Mures River, on the southern side of the village, 2952, judet Arad, 4607 2056, 276.6 miles WNW of Bucharest and 38 km from Arad. Picturesque place on a high coast of the Mures River, marble stones impress the visitor, speaking about a rich community. The alternate name is Szemlak (Hungarian). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 103 and by1910 census was 63. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1960. The isolated rural/agricultural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence with a non-locking gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 36 m X 30 m. 20-100 stones are visible. All gravestones are in original location. Less than 25% 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 and granite smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have inscriptions in Hebrew and Hungarian. No known mass graves.
The national Jewish community owns the property used for an orchard. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. The river's edge threatens to erode the cemetery. There are only 2 meters more between the water and the tombs.
Elisabeta Pecican, Revolution Avenue, no. 35, apt. 31, Arad, 2900 completed the survey on September 11, 2000 using the following documentation:
Elisabeta Pecican visited the site on September 9, 2000 and interviewed Bartos Teodor, Semlac [January 2003]