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US Commission No. ROCE-0051 -

The cemetery is located in Sinpetru German, the western side of the village, 2944, judet Arad, 4607 2103, 271.4 miles WNW of Bucharest and 22 km from Arad. Alternate name: Nemetszentpeter (Hungarian); Deutschsanktpeter (German), SANPETRU-GERMAN (Romanian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Cismas Dumitru, Secusigiu, no. 81
  • 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, sect. 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: Szanto Peter, La hodai, Sinpetru German, 2900, judet Arad, Romania

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 41 and by 1910 census was 23. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1950

The isolated rural/agricultural. flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road,
access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre-WWII size was larger (imprecise)
Approximate post-WWII size is 10 m X 22 m. Seven stones are visible. Three stones are not in original location. 25%-50% of the stones are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a seasonal problem preventing access. Water drainage is a constant problem. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 18th century marble, granite, and "other" flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have Hebrew, Hungarian, and Romanian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Compared to 1939, the cemetery boundaries enclose a smaller area. 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 is a serious threat. Vegetation is a moderate threat. Vandalism is a serious threat.

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14 completed the survey on August 30, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localit─âtilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968
  • Marki Sandor, Arad varmegye es Arad szabad kiralyi varos monografiaja, Arad, 1895.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)
On August 27, 2000, Assist. Prof. Alexandru Pecican interviewed Szanto Peter in Sinpetru German. [January 2003]
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