KARNOBAT: [Karnabat, Karnobat, Poljanovgrad, Polyanovgrad] Burgas Province Print

Карнобат, Karnabat, Karnobat, Poljanovgrad, Polyanovgrad. 42°39' N 26°59' E, 186.2 miles E of Sofiya. December 2009 town population: 18,480. A Jewish community was established in Karnobat in the 16th century.

Wikipedia [Sept 2014]

CEMETERY:

Old Jewish Cemetery:

The expansive Jewish cemetery dates from the 17th-19th centuries. The largest pre-20th century Jewish burial ground in Bulgaria, the oldest section has flat gravestones that cover the open hillside, many with long, beautifully-carved epitaphs. A large farm borders the perimeter as sheep graze on parts of the cemetery to contain the grass. If the farm encroached on the site, no one knows as no Jews live in the area today.  The organization Shalom financed a gravestone inventory by the Bulgarian Archaeology that re-erected some gravestones. The Diaspora Research Institute of Tel Aviv University videotaped all gravestones in the cemetery. Construction of a nearby highway interfered with the work but was prevented from damaging the cemetery.

New Jewish Cemetery:

Part of the town's municipal cemetery, the 20th century site contains about fifty granite and limestone gravestones with Hebrew and Bulgarian inscriptions. The overgrown site's wire fence has a gate that locks.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 17:48