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US Commission No. ROCE-0117 -

The cemetery is located at Tarcea, 3764, judet Bihor, Romania at 4727 2211, 280.6 miles NW of Bucharest and 15 km from Sacuieni. The alternate Hungarian name is Ertarcsa. Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Lucaci Alexandru, Tarcea, No. 238
  • The Jewish Community of Oradea, Mihai Viteazu Street no. 4, 3700 Oradea, Romania, tel. 0040-59-134843 (132587)
  • The Federation of The Jewish Communities of Romania, Sfintu Vineri Street no. 9-11, sect. 3, Bucharest, Romania
  • Interested: "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 with key: Sodora Jozsef, Tarcea, No. 316

The 1880 Jewish population by census was 58 and was fifty in 1900. 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 in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period.

The isolated rural/agricultural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road,
access is open with permission. A fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 13 x 12 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some not in original location. 25%-50% of the stones are toppled or broken. Stones removed from the cemetery are in local farms. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is not a problem. Water drainage is good all year.

No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from end of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble and sandstone flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief decorated common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery and orchard. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop.

The cemetery was not vandalized in the last ten years, or occasionally in the last ten years. [sic] Maintenance has been re-erection of stones, cleaning stones, and clearing vegetation by local non-Jewish residents in 1992. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. No threats.

Ursutiu Claudia, Pietroasa Street no. 21, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, tel: 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey on 29 June 2001 using the following documentation:

  • Recensamantul din 1880. Transilvania(1880 Transylvania Jewish Population Census.) coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj 1997.
  • Recensamantul din 1900. (1900 Transylvania Jewish Population Census) coord.: Traian Rotariu, Cluj, 1999
  • Recensamintul general al popula]iei din 29 decembrie 1930, ( The General Census of the population from december 29, 1930), vol. II, Bucuresti 1938
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucuresti, 1994, in Romanian
  • Recensamantul general al populatiei Romaniei din 29 decembrie 1930, vol.
    II (The General Census of the Population of Romania from 29 December 1930,
    vol. II), Bucuresti, 1938
  • Recensamintul general al populatiei din Romania din 7 ianuarie 1992 (The General Census of the Population of Romania from January 7, 1992), vol. I, Bucuresti, 1994
  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitatilor din Transilvania (The Historical Dictionary of Localities in Transylvania), vol. I-II, Bucuresti, 1967
  • Otto Mitelstrass, Historisch-Landeskundlicher Atlas von Siebenburgen, Ortsnamenbuch, Heidelberg, 1992
  • Microsoft Auto Route Express 1999

Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Sodora Jozsef, 29. 06. 2000, Tarcea [January 2003]

 
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