|SIRIA: judet Arad, Transylvania|
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The cemetery is located at Siria, western side of the village, neighboring the Roman Catholic cemetery, 2932, judet Arad, 4616 2138, 250.9 miles WNW of Bucharest and 27 km from Arad. Alternate name: Vilagos (Hungarian). Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.
The Jewish population by 1880 census was 110 and from 1910 was 112. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1950. The isolated rural/agricultural flat land. No sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Invaded by aggressive vegetation, the abandoned cemetery abuts the Catholic cemetery. Around the cemetery, are the same plants and a damaged road with plenty of mud. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 16 m X 35 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 a constant problem damaging stones. 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 and smoothed and inscribed 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 never vandalized cemetery had maintenance. No care now. No structures. Vegetation is a very serious threat.
Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14, 3400 Cluj-Napoca
He visited the site August 27, 2000 and interviewed Tuna Barbara, Lipova. [January 2003]
SIRIA II: US Commission No. ROCE-0053
US Commission information pending [March 2001]
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