|TARNA MARE: Satu Mare County, Transylvania|
US Commission No. ROCE-0588 -
The cemetery is located in Tarna Mare, inside of the ranger [sic] military camp, 3956, judet Satu Mare, 4729 2620, 210.9 miles N of Bucharest and 50 km from Satu Mare. Alternate name: Nagytarna (Hungarian); Grosstarna (German). Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 126, by 1900 census was 292, and in 1930 was 324. 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 cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period. The hill and hillside, separate but near other cemeteries, has no sign or marker. The unlandmarked Orthodox, Hasidic cemetery is reached by crossing the ranger military camp) with access open with permission. No wall, fence, or gate.
Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 44 x 34 m. 20-100 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 a seasonal problem preventing access. Water drainage is good all year.
Cannot determine if cemetery has/had special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from second half of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, limestone, concrete, and local stone flat shaped, smoothed and inscribed, and carved relief-decorated common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions.
No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery and orchard. Adjacent property is (ranger camp). Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The never vandalized cemetery has no maintenance. No care now. No structures.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073 visited the site and completed the survey July 2000 using the following documentation:
No interviews. [January 2003]