In Basarabeasca we were directed by the local people to the Orthodox Christian cemetery.  We found many visitors there, but none with knowledge of the Jewish cemeteries.  Then we found Vassily and his grandson Anton.  They were observing the death of Anton’s mother and Vassily’s daughter.  We drank a glass of wine with Vassily, and he told us that he maintained the Jewish cemetery without compensation simply because he wanted to do that.  He assured us that contrary to Internet data, there was only one Jewish cemetery in Basarabeasca, to which he took us. 

At the cemetery we found several hundred stones most of them relatively modern given the dates of death and the presence of photos on the stones.  A few stones were badly damaged, but most had received the benefit of care and protection.  Anton helped me place little blue stones to signify a visitor’s presence while I made photographs.