Jewish cemeteries from Focsani
History pages
Graves list from the cemetery "In drum spre crang" (in Romanian only)
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History pages

The historians mention the most ancient cemetery in the Moldavian part of the town, closed down in 1691.

It is a very significant evidence of Jewish presence in those ancient times.

After the cemetery was closed down, part of the graves were desecrated and the tombstones were taken by the population of the town and used to build the steps of the Sf.John Church; they were put face down, to hide the inscriptions on the stones (this fact is reproduced from “The Romanian Jews in Historic Writings”, HaSefer Publishers, page 53).

Another two ancient cemeteries are known, both from the 18 th century:

The first – in Moldavian Focsani, Perjoi-St (1781)

The second – in Muntenian Focsani, in the Bahne-region, beside the “Balta lui Asanache” (“Asanache’s Pool”) (1787)

It is obvious that in the 28 th century and even before, two Communities existed who participated in the development of the town.

Nowadays, there is no trace of those cemeteries; no one knows their exact location. (This information is taken from "450 de ani Focsani 1546-1996" (“450 Years of Focsani 1546- 1996”) Dr.Virgil Paragina, page 93)

Another, less well-known cemetery was functioning until 1874 at 18, Nicolae Balcescu St, when it was closed down. Here 4393 people of ancient generations are buried, the great-grandparents of the present-time Jewish Community. Unfortunately this cemetery is totally neglected, the tombstones are in ruin … a forgotten cemetery ….

(The above information I received personally from the Federation of Jewish Communities in Bucharest).

In the 1940s, two hearses were kept here, transporting the dead (one for the rich, one for the poor).

The cemetery is now in a state of complete neglect; part of the tombstones is completely destroyed.

The Jewish Cemetery, functioning until today, is situated on the way to the small forest.

It was established in 1874. More than 3245 dead are buried in 50 rows (single and family graves, for two, three and four dead). The earthquakes damaged many of the tombstones. Part of the tombstones carries German inscriptions, others are in Hebrew, and others in Romanian.

Our former Focsani countrymen, dispersed all over the world and especially in Israel return to Focsani to visit the graves of their beloved.

In this cemetery the newer generations of the Jewish Community are buried, people who contributed to the development of the town and the Community life.

The inscriptions on the tombstones tell part of the history of the Focsani Jews.

The most ancient tombstones, more than 120 years old :

Haberman Moise 1876
Simon Cioara 1879
Weiner Ephraim 1879
Ornstain Marcu 1886
Rozenstain Sane 1886
Rabinul Goldring Avram Halevi


Geldbeutel Sara


Levinson Adela 1890
Fisman Meir


Geldbentel Samuel


Fifler Simon


In the memory of the Jewish heroes who died in action in World War I, a monument was erected at the gates of the cemetery.

Youth who died in the forced labor camps during the war:

Strul Lica Iarovici died at age of 20 years old 12.03.1944
Carol Leibovici died at age of 21years old 20.04.1944
Haim Ben Avram died at age of 39 years old 20.04.1944
Beno Abramovici   06.05. 1944
Isac Steiner died at age of 22 years old 13.05.1944
Iosl Hers Litman died at age of 37 years old 10.01.1945

Died in the earthquake on 11.10. 1940

  • Huna (Coca) Cahane
  • Marcu Hersh Margulis
Focsani's cemetery gate
The gate to the Focsani Cemetery, a Monument dedicated to the Jewish heroes killed in action for the Homeland, World War One 1914-1918)