SILINDIA: Judetul Arad Print

The cemetery is located at 4621 2155, 242.1 miles NW of Bucharest and 53 km from Arad at Somesului Street, the place named Boros, Santana, code 2977, Arad county in the northern part of the village next to a small wood. The few stones are almost lost at the edges of the Catholic cemetery. Alternate name: Selend (Hungarian). Town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Scrob Lucian, Silindia
  • 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 Street, no. 9-11, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania
  • Interested: "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: unlocked
  • Caretaker: Almasi Karol, Silindia, no. 139, judet Arad

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 27 and 35 in 1910: The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery dates from beginning of the 19th century. Last known burial was around 1950. The rural (agricultural) flat land, part of the Catholic cemetery, is reached by turning directly off a public road. Access is open to all. A broken fence and no gate surround the cemetery. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 20 m X 30 m. Five gravestones are visible., all in original location. Less than 25% are tumbled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is not a problem. Water drainage at the cemetery is a constant problem. No sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century limestone and sandstone flat shaped tombstones have Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the Jewish cemetery. Properties adjacent to cemetery are commercial/industrial. Rarely, private visitors stop at the never-vandalized cemetery. Maintenance has been clearing of vegetation. Current care is unpaid caretaker. No structures Vegetation is a moderate threat.

Asst. Prof. Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14, Cluj-Napoca, 3400 visited the site and completed the survey on September 14, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The Transylvanian Census from 1880, Bucharest, Staff Publishing House, 1997;
  • The Transylvanian Census from 1910, Bucharest, Staff Publishing House, 1999;
  • The General Census of the Population of Romania - December 29, 1930, I-III, Bucharest, 1938
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dicþionar istoric al localitãþilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968.

He interviewed Almasi Karol, Silindia on August 27, 2000, [January 2003]