|TAMASENI: Satu Mare County, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0587 -
The cemetery is located in Tamaseni, 3932, com. Batarci, judet Satu Mare, 4801 2309, 284.7 miles NNW of Bucharest and 42 km from Satu Mare. Alternate name: Tamasvaralja (Hungarian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 40, by 1900 census was 60, and in 1930 was 73. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Satu Mare and on May 19, 22, 26, 29, 30, 31, and June 1 were deported to Auschwitz. The unlandmarked Orthodox, Hasidic cemetery was established at end of the 19th century. Noteworthy individuals buried in the cemetery: one cohan and the Hasidic Rabbi Moshe ben Aharon Waim, d. 1908. Last known burial was inter-war period.
The hill and hillside, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. Reached via private property, access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 33 x 22 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some 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.
The oldest known gravestone dates from end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, limestone, and concrete flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. The cemetery has a Holocaust memorial for one local family: Hasidic Rabbi Iona ben Moshe Waim. No known mass graves.
The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are in village residential setting with houses, gardens, orchards, and pastures. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery maintenance has been cleaning stones and clearing vegetation. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. Weather erosion is a moderate threat.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey 23 July 2000 using the following documentation:
No interviews. [January 2003]