|VAMA: Satu Mare County, Transylvania|
Vama (Hungarian: Vámfalu) is a rural municipality and village of 3,844 inhabitants in the historical region of Transylvania, Romania.
US Commission No. ROCE-0597 -
The cemetery is located in Vama, at 4750 2324, 267.9 miles NNW of Bucharest and 4 km from Negresti Oas. The alternate name is Vamfalu (Hungarian.) Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 128, by 1900 census was 177 Jewish inhabitants and in 1930 was 213 Jewish inhabitants. 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 c cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period.
The isolated rural/agricultural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached via private property, access is open with permission. A fence with a non-locking gate surrounds the site. Approximate pre-WWII size is unknown. Approximate post-WWII size is 20 x 54 m. 1-20 stones are visible, some not in original location. 25%-50% 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.
No special sections. The oldest known gravestone dates from second half of the 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble and sandstone flat shaped and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have Hebrew inscriptions. No known mass graves. The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery and orchard. 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 unpaid care is regular 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 in July 2000 using the following documentation:
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Crisan Ioan in Vama [January 2003]
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