|VALCELE: judet Covasna|
Alternate name: Vilcelele (Hungarian: Előpatak) is a commune in Covasna judet, Transylvania comprised of 4 villages: Araci / Árapatak,Ariuşd / Erősd,Hetea / Hetye, and Vâlcele. 2002 Census: 3,698.
US Commission Report No. ROCE-0272 -
The cemetery is located at Vilcele, 4017, judet Covasna, Romania at 4551 2541, 99.9 miles NNW of Bucharest and 10 km from Sfintu Gheorgh. The alternate Hungarian name is ELOPATAK. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
The 1880 Jewish population by census was 38, 1900 was 19, and in 1930 was 3. In May 1944, most of the Jews were gathered in the ghetto of Tirgu Mures and o, May 27, 30 and on June 8 were deported to concentration camps. The unlandmarked Orthodox and Neolog cemetery was established in second half of the 19th century. Last known burial was inter-war period.
The isolated hill and hillside have no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all with no wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 500 square m. 1-20 stones are visible. No stones are in original location. More than 75% 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 1879. The 19th and 20th century sandstone, concrete smoothed and inscribed and carved relief decorated common gravestones have Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions. No known mass graves.
The local Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent property is forest. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. No maintenance. Current care is regular unpaid caretaker. No structures. Security is a very severe threat: no fence, no gate and deep in the forest. Humidity is a serious threat. Vegetation is a moderate threat.
Claudia Ursutiu, Pietroasa Str. no. 21, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, tel. 0040-64-151073
Claudia and Adrian Ursutiu interviewed Boier Ludovic, 03.12.2000, Vilcele on 3 December 2000. [January 2003]
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