|SOIMI: Bihor County, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0115 -
The cemetery is located in Soimi, 3632, judet Bihor, Romania at 4641 2207, 247.4 miles NW of Bucharest and 16 km from Beius. Alternate name: Solyom (Hungarian.) Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 10; by 1900 census was 15 and in 1930 was 8. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the Oradea ghetto and on May 23, 25, 28-30, and June 1-5, 27 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established at end of the 19th century with last known burial in inter-war period.
The isolated hill and hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is approximately 10 x 8 m. 1-20 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are not 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 seasonal problem preventing access and disturbing grave and stones, and damaging stones. Water drainage is good all year.
The oldest known gravestone dates from end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble and local stone flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones. Have Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions. No known mass graves.
The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop at the never vandalized cemetery. No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security is a very severe threat: (no fence, no gate, far from village.) Vegetation is a very serious threat. The cemetery is completely covered by forest.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Burz Ioan, 10. 07. 2000, Soimi, no. 36. [January 2003]