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NOTE: This is not Urmeniş [Rom], Mezö-Örményes [Hun], Urmenişul, Urmenişu, Ormenişul de Campie, Juriulu de Campia, Orminyus at 46°46' N, 24°22' E in Cluj.

Alternate names: Urmeniş, Urminis.

RO/MM/52 - US Commission No. ROCE-0382 
Alternate/former Hungarian name: Bükkörményes. Located in Jud. Maramureş at 47°31' N 23°12' E , 254.3 miles NNW of Bucharest. The best way to find the cemetery site is to ask in the village for the Orthodox Christian cemetery. From the gate of the Orthodox cemetery, go up the hill and through the cemetery to the far edge of trees and scrub. A faint, overgrown footpath leads farther up the hill from about the left-most edge of the Orthodox cemetery. The Jewish cemetery is said to be above the other cemetery and to the right of this path. Alternatively, at the crossroads in front of the Orthodox cemetery, turn left and go up to the first house. Someone there will be able to guide you to the site.

  • LOCAL: The Community in Baia Mare did not know this site at the time of the visit. Comunitatea Evreilor (Baia Mare), Str. Someşului Nr. 5, 4800 Baia Mare, Jud. Maramureş, Romania. Tel: (40-62) 211-231. Further inquiries about the site could be addressed to the Jewish community in Baia Mare or the Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities in Bucuresti.
  • REGIONAL: Federation of Jewish Communities Romania, Str. Sf. Vineri 9-11, Bucureşti, Tel: (40-1) 613-2538, 143-008. Contact: Mr. Alex Silvan
  • CARETAKER: none

This is a difficult site as we were not able to actually see the gravestones, although we had independent confirmation from three sources that they were in a specific location. The site is so overgrown with vines, brambles and bushes, that it would only be possible to visit in the autumn, winter or early spring - and, even then, only if equipped with brush clearing tools. The rural (agricultural) hillside site is separate, but near other cemeteries with no sign or marker. Access is open to all with no wall, fence, or gate.

Vegetation is a seasonal and constant problem preventing access and disturbing and damaging stones and graves. Water drainage is good all year. No known mass graves. The site is used only for Jewish cemetery. Properties adjacent are agricultural. Compared to 1939, the never-visited cemetery boundaries enclose the same area (probable).No care. No structures. Security, erosion, and vegetation are serious threats.

John DeMetrick and Christina Crowder, formerly of Cluj-Napoca, visited the site on 23 June 2002 and completed this survey on 30 June 2000 using a list of cemeteries known by Jewish Community in Baia Mare. They have no further information. Other documentation exists. Local residents were interviewed.

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