VINGA: Arad County, Transylvania Print

Alternate names: Theresiopolis, Thereziopolis, Theresiopel, Winga, Vinga Nouă, Újvinga, Neu Winga, Winga an der Maresch Vinga at 46.0187°N 21.2171°E is a commune in Arad judet in western Romania and in the northern section of the Banat and south of the county seat of Arad with a 2002 population of 6,388 and no Jews. Wikipedia.

US Commission No. ROCE-0056 - Arad County, Transylvania

The cemetery is located at Vinga, Str. Cimitirului, no. 1112, 2934, judet Arad, 4601 2112, 262.1 miles WNW of Bucharest and 20 km from Arad. Alternate name: Vinga (Hungarian). Present town population is 5,000-25,000 with no Jews.

  • Mayor Sirca Gavril, Vinga, no. 428, phone: +40-57-460124
  • 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 street, no. 9-11, sect. 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: Pricop Mihai, Str. Cimitirului, no. 1112, Arad 2900, judet Arad, Romania

The Jewish population by 1880 census was 34 and in 1910 was 55. The unlandmarked Orthodox cemetery was established in 19th century. Last known burial was around 1970.

The urban flat land, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Reached by a public road, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate. Approximate pre- and post-WWII size is 34 m X 22 m. 20-100 stones are visible. Seventeen are not in original location. 50%-75% of the stones are toppled or broken. Vegetation overgrowth in the cemetery is a constant problem damaging stones. Water drainage is good all year. No special sections.

The oldest known gravestone dates from 19th century. The 19th and 20th century marble, granite, and "other" boulders, flat shaped, and smoothed and inscribed common gravestones have Hebrew, Hungarian, and Romanian inscriptions. No known mass graves. The national Jewish community owns the property used for Jewish cemetery only. Adjacent property is cemetery. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. No maintenance. No care now. No structures. Security and vegetation are serious threats. Weather erosion and vandalism are moderate threats.

Assistant Professor Alexandru Pecican, Almasului Street, Bl. R1, apt. 14 completed the survey on August 29, 2000 using the following documentation:

  • Coriolan Suciu, Dictionar istoric al localitătilor din Transilvania, I-II, Bucharest, 1968
  • Marki Sandor, Arad varmegye es Arad szabad kiralyi varos monografiaja, Arad, 1895.
  • Carmilly-Weinberger, Moshe. History of the Jews of Transylvania (1623-1944), Bucharest, 1994 (in Romanian)

On August 27, 2000, Assist. Prof. Alexandru Pecican interviewed Pricop Mihai in Vinga. [January 2003]

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 June 2011 12:10