SOROSTIN: judet Sibiu, Transylvania Print

 

US Commission No. ROCE-0611 -

The cemetery is located at Sorostin, near the village., cod 3164, judet Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania. The alternate names are Sorostely (Hungarian) and Schorsten (German. 4602 2404, 148.2 miles NW of Bucharest and 32 km from Medias. Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Urian Emil Marius, Seica Mica, tel. 204863
  • The Jewish Community of Timisoara, Gheorghe Lazar Street no. 5, Romania, tel., Timisoara, 1900, Romania
  • 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
  • Caretaker and key holder: none

The Jewish population by census was 22 in 1880, 27 in 1910, and eleven in 1930. The Jews from Sibiu County were taken by force and introduced into forced work detachments. They were deported all over the country, and especially in Moldova, between 1942-1944.

The 19th and 20th century unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery isolated on rural/agricultural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is entirely closed. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size was 30 m x 25 m. 1-20 stones are visible. 1-20 stones are and 1-20 stones are not 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 good all year. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century limestone and sandstone flat shaped common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are recreational. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery has no care or maintenance. No structures.

Oprea Ioana, B-dul 21 Decembrie, no. 13-15, ap.6, Cluj Napoca, tel: 190 849 and Popa Cosmina, Tatra Street, no. 4, ap.11, Cluj Napoca, tel: 128 764 visited the site and completed the survey on December 12, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1850, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1996
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1857, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1997
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1880, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 1999
  • The General Census of the Population of Transylvania 1910, Bucharest, Ed. Staff, 2000
  • Ernest Wager, Historisch - Statistisches - Ortsnamenbuch fur Siebenburgen, Koln-Wien, Ed. Bohlau, 1977
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. Istoria evreilor din Transilvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitãþilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968.
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Transilvania - 1930 decembrie 29, I-III, Bucharest, 1938
  • Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , The Jews of Transylvania in the Age of Emancipation (1790-1867), Bucharest, Edit. Enciclopedica, 2000

No interviews. [January 2003]