|VALCAU de JOS: (Salaj county-Transylvania)|
The Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries (HFPJC) shortly will commence restoration of Valcau cemetery. In ruin and disrepair for decades, the grounds are overgrown with most gravestones missing and the thin wire fence is in a terrible condition. photo of current conditions. The grounds will be cleared, the tombstones erected, and both will be enclosed by a sturdy, concrete fence. Anyone with interest or information in this renovation, contact Toby Mendlowitz or email@example.com. [May 2004] Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries 148 Ross Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Phone: 718-841-7077. Fax: 718-228-8368
US Commission No. ROCE-0492
Salaj judet. 4707 2244, 246.2 miles NW of Bucharest. The cemetery is located at the end of the village of Valcau de Jos, code.4781, judet Salaj, Romania at 4707 2244, 246.2 miles NW of Bucharest and 23 km from Simleul Silvaniei. The alternate Hungarian name is Alsovalko. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1850 Jewish population by census was 24, in 1880 was 51, in 1900 was 102, in 1910 was 104 and from 1930 census was 96. In May 1944, the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Cehei, then in Simleul Silvaniei and were deported to Auschwitz on May 31, June 6 and 8. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial in 20th century.
The isolated rural/agricultural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road,
No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century granite and sandstone flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves.
The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop at the never vandalized cemetery. Maintenance has been clearing vegetation. Current care is occasional clearing or cleaning by individuals. No structures. Vegetation is a moderate threat: a lot of grass disturbing graves.
Cosmina Popa, Tatra Street no. 4, tel. 064/ 128764, Cluj Napoca, 3400 and Ioana Oprea, Bd. 21 Decembrie, 13-15, 064/190849, Cluj-Napoca, 3400 visited the site and completed the survey on 28 September 2000 using the following documentation:
No interviews [January 2003]
|Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 16:39|