VANATORI: Arad County, Transylvania Print

Vânători, Vînători, 233.4 miles NW of Bucureşti in Mişca commune (Hungarian: Tőzmiske) in the northern part of the Crișurilor Plateau in the Teuz valley. Wikipedia.

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The cemetery is located at Vinatori, Cimitirului Street, neighboring the Roman Catholic cemetery, 2993, judet Arad, 4657 2252, 60 km from Arad. The alternate name is Vadasz (Hungarian). Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Has Tiberiu, Satu Nou, Ulita Mare, no. 207, judet Arad
  • The Jewish Community of Arad, 10, Tribunul Dobra Street, 2900 Arad, Romania. Tel. +40-57-281310
  • The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Romania, Sfintu Vineri Str., no 9-11, Sector 3, Bucharest, Romania.
  • "Dr. Moshe Carmilly" Institute for Hebrew and Jewish History, Universitatii Street, no. 7-9, room 61, 3400 Cluj Napoca, Romania, director: Ladislau Gyemant, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Key holder and caretaker: Joss Klara, Vinatori, no. 43, judet Arad, Romania

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 42 and by 1910 census was 28. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1950

The rural/agricultural flat land, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Because it is included into the Roman Catholic cemetery and looks as if it is a part of it, this cemetery had a better chance. Still, the stones are less well tended than the others. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 6 m X 10 m. 1-20 stones are visible, all 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 a constant problem. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century "other" material memorial markers are flat shaped common gravestones with Hebrew and Hungarian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent properties are agricultural and cemetery. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was not vandalized in the last ten years. No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security is a serious threat. Vegetation is a very serious threat. Vandalism is a serious threat.

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14, 3400 Cluj-Napoca
completed the survey on September 9, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Coriolan Suciu, Dicţionar istoric al localităţilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968
  • Marki Sandor, Arad varmegye es Arad szabad kiralyi varos tortenete, Arad, 1895
  • 1880 census, Bucharest, Edit. Staff, 1999.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)

He visited the site September 10, 2000 and interviewed Szentes Gusztav, Satu Nou. [January 2003]

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 June 2011 13:39