SINCRAIU: Cluj County, Transylvania Print

 

US Commission No. ROCE-0257 -

The cemetery is located at Sincraiu, near to the post office, 3526, judet Cluj, 4650 2259, 223.8 miles NW of Bucharest and 5 km from Huedin at 4652 2303, 223.3 miles NW of Bucharest. Alternate name: Kalotaszentkiraly. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Kis Janos, no. 110
  • The Jewish Community of Cluj, Tipografiei Str. 25, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Tel. 0040-64-196600
  • 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 and caretaker: Varga Stefan, no. 97

The 1857Jewish population by census was 15 and in 1930 was 18. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the Oradea ghetto and on May 23, 25, 28, 29, 30 and June 1, 3, 5, 27, 1944 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century.

The isolated rural/agricultural. flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 24 X 14 m. 1-20 stones are visible, all 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 sandstone and "other" flat shaped and double tombstones 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 never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been re-erection of stones and clearing vegetation by local non-Jewish residents in 1985. Current care is regular caretaker paid by the Jewish community of Cluj ohel.

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14, 3400 Cluj-Napoca
completed the survey on April 25, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Otto Mittelstrass, Historisch-Landeskindlicher Atlas von Siebenburgen. Ortsnamenbuch, Heidelberg, 1992
  • Ernst Wagner, Historisch-statistisches Ortsnamenbuch fur Siebenburgen, Koln-Vienna, 1977.
  • 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)
He interviewed Varga Stefan, Sincraiu on April 18, 2000. [January 2003]