The Romania edition of vice.com has published a poignant photo essay with text on the “Philanthropy” Jewish cemetery in Bucharest, which the author, Alexandru Vazaru, calls the “wildest and saddest place” in central Bucharest.
It’s worth a look….The photos show the thousands of gravestones buried in vegetation, with many of them broken — from damage undergone during a major earthquake in 1977. Vazaru wonders about the future of the site, as the former cemetery administer who guides him says that for 98 percent of the stones there are no family members to care for them.
“We are trying to clean up every year, but lost the war with nature,” he is quoted as saying.
Located at Blvd. Ion Mihalache 89-91, this is the main Ashkenazi cemetery in Bucharest and was founded in the mid-19th century, around 1865. It has a large and elaborate, domed pre-burial house and a striking art deco entry gate. Many prominent people are buried here, and there is a memorial to Jewish soldiers killed in World War I.