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Haruth [October 2000]
http://www.jewish.org.pl [December 2000]
http://tbns.net/poljs
Pawel Dorman's Jewish Poland website. He is a professional genealogist [June 2009]

Introduction and General Information

This section contains general information and books about Poland.

Entries indexed below as "US Commission No." refers tp information about individual cemeteries donated by the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, 1101 Fifteenth Street, Suite 1040, Washington, DC 20005; 202-254-3824.

"Urzad" means "office" in Polish. "gmina (district)" is a sub-administrative unit like an uezd or county. "region" is similar to a "province" or guberniya or state. 1 hectare roughly equals about 2 acres.

The Lauder Foundation Genealogy Project at the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland
ULICA Tlomackie 3/5
00-090 Warsaw, Poland
tel/fax: (011-48-22) 625-0400
Director Yale J. Reisner
The foundation has cemetery lists for Kalisz, Bielsko-Biala, Zabrze, Warsaw (only partial), Pilica and several others. The Jewish Historical Institute only produced the Kalisz list in-house. Others produced the others with copies shared with the Institute for reference. HOWEVER, Yale's friend and colleague, Jacek Proszyk, the Bielsko-Biala Jewish community's historian and holder of the index copyright, prepared the Bielsko-Biala list. The Project is a non-profit educational endeavor of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, the Jewish Historical Institute Association and the Jewish Historical Research Institute. For Warsaw, the Jewish Historical Institute Archives only have about 4000 names. Warsaw cemetery director Boleslaw Szenicer (Cmentarz Zydowski, ulica Okopowa 49/51, Warszawa, Poland) has over 40,000 names in his database so far. [date?] He welcomes inquiries. The 4000 we have and the 40,000 he has do NOT overlap; however, they are different sections of the cemetery. Source: Yale Reisner.

WORLD WAR I-WAR CEMETERIES:
Erich Fritsch and a friend are documenting Austrian-Hungarian war cemeteries erected in WWI. In doing this, they also found Jewish war cemeteries built by the former K.u.K.Militaerkommando Krakau, Kriegsgraeberabteilung (established in Nov.1915). From 1915 to 1918, this Kriegsgraeberabteilung built 400 cemeteries in Western Galicia (now part of Poland). For Jewish members of the Austro-Hungarian Army d 13 "Kriegerfriedhoefe" (war cemeteries) were erected. They are listed in Die Westgalizischen Heldengraeber aus den Jahren des Weltkrieges 1914-1915 ; edited by Major Rudolf Broch and Hauptmann Hans Hauptmann in Vienna 1918. The registration and page numbers refer to this book. Some of the buildings he has seen are mostly not in a very good shape, ruined by Germans, Poles and overgrowth. Nowadays, Polish authorities try hard to save what is possible. Source: Erich Fritsch

Nr. 107 Biecz 144 3 single and 3 mass graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 132 Bobowa 184 5 single graves and 1 mass grave in Jewish graveyard; Hungarian soldiers
Nr. 313 Bochnia 372 20 single graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 275 Brzesko 334 21 single graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 90 Gorlice 138 6 single graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr.130b Grybow 143 7 single graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 24 Jaslo 104 near the railway station, 9 single graves in Jewish graveyard; grave numbers 1-9
Nr. 372 Myslenice 409 1 mass grave in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 328 Niepolomice 374 1 single grave in Jewish graveyard
Nr 35 Olpiny 104 6 single graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 201 Tarnow 272 43 single graves in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 162 Tuchow 272 4 single grave in Jewish graveyard
Nr. 293 Zakliczyn 318 12 single graves in Jewish graveyard

REFERENCES
  • Cohen, Chester G. "Jewish Cemeteries in Southern Poland" from `An Epilogue' in Shtetl Finder . 1980.
  • Freedman, Warren. World Guide for the Jewish Traveler . NY: E.P. Dutton Inc, 1984. Extracted by Bernard Kouchel,
  • Krajewska, Monica. A Tribe of Stones, Jewish Cemeteries in Poland . Warsaw: Polish Scientific Publishers, Ltd., 1993.
  • Gostinski, Zalman. Shteiner Dertzeilin [Stones Will Tell]. Paris: ___, 1973. in Yiddish and French. 1961-1967 photographs of a number of Jewish cemeteries in Southern Poland. Surviving synagogues were also photographed. Almost all of the towns visited were in Austrian Galicia in the 19th century.
  • Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Jewish Heritage Travel A Guide to East-Central Europe . New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992. (pages 14-81 are about Poland).
  • Krajewskae, Monika. Czas Kamieni (Jewish Cemetery Monuments in Poland). Warsaw: Interpress, 1982. 164 pages text in Polish. edited by Anna Kamienska, 164 photos of Jewish cemetery monuments. The photos are indexed with the name of the town where the cemetery is located. Some of the towns included are Szydlowiec, Sieniawa, Lubaczow, Nowy Wisnicz, Bochnia, Lesko, Lodz, Tykocin, Otwock, Krakow, Tarnow, Zwierzyniec, Warsaw, Lublin, Zabno, etc. source: Jewishgen
    The above book (in Polish) lists 890 Jewish cemeteries in contemporary Poland. The book is based on computerized file system the author has built. Each record has such data as location, size, number of existing matzevot, the oldest grave, contact person. Source: Michael Halber
  • Lewin, Louis, 1868-1941 Papers, [ca. 1888-1941] Description: .2 linear ft. Notes: Rabbi, historian. Lewin lived in Poland, Germany, and Palestine. ... and photographs of towns in Poland, cemeteries, synagogues, and unidentified subjects resulting from his research into the history of German and Polish Jews. Of note is a manuscript copy of the diary of Rabbi Yoselmann of Rosheim, as printed in the REVUE DES ETUDES JUIVES (XVI, 1888). YIVO collections are in Yiddish, Russian, Polish, English, Hebrew, and other European and non-European languages. Location: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, NY. Control No.: NXYH89-A645 [December 2000]
  • Lewin, Isaac, collector. Title: Lewin collection, [ca. 1200]-1942, [ca. 1700]-1942 (bulk) Description: ca. 22.5 linear ft. Notes: Contains variety of records of Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe especially in Posen, Silesia and other German-speaking areas, including pinkasim (record books) of communities and societies, memorial books with lists of deaths, ..., cemetery registers, society statutes, synagogue seat records, and other documents of communities at Kempen (Kepno, Poland), 1771-1902; Strassnitz (Straznice, Czechoslovakia ?), 1855-1879; Krotoschin (Krotoszyn, Poland), ca. 1832-ca. 1913; Labischin (Labiszyn, Poland); Militsch (Milicz, Poland), ca. 1830-ca. 1900; Fraustadt (Wschowa, Poland), 1835-1887; Rawitsch (Rawicz, Poland), ca. 1838-ca. 1861; Nikolai (Mikolow, Poland), ca. 1849-1898; Myslowitz (Myslowice, Poland), 1810-1852; Schwerin, [Skwierzyna] 1819-1869; Posen (Poznan, Poland), 1535-1538 (copies), 18th century, n.d.; Mecklenburg province, 1760-ca. 1850; Breslau (Wroclaw, Poland), 1808-1844; .. Location: Yeshiva University. Special Collections. Rare Books and Manuscripts, New York, NY. Control No.: NYYH88-A76 [December 2000]
  • Mostowicz, Arnold and Friedman, Michal. Poland, Jewish exhibition catelogmetery in Lodz . 3100, book, 6/18/1997; title:, Oficyna Bibbookofilow Sp. z o.o., 1995, 136 p., ANG/POL, 83-86058-56-0. Source: Daniel Dratwa; The books are among the collection at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
  • Rosenstein, Neil. Polish Jewish Cemeteries 9,9 p. ill.; 22 x 28 cm.; call # DS 135.P6 R67 1983. Source: Pennycandy Jansen; e-mail:
  • They Lived Among Us: Polish Judaica , a travel brochure: Arline Sachs, extracted names of townstaht supposedly having Jewish cemeteries. These generally have names only; sometimes a description of famous people who lived there, but no page number.
  • Tragger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography . Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997.
  • Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Poland, Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories . Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc, Secaucus, NJ. Cemeteries are only a tiny part of this book's resources. Contains many cemetery photos.
  • "Cemeteries in Poland", mainly Jewish:  contains information from "The Map of Jews in Poland" with text by Iwona Brzewska and Renata Pitkowska. Translated by Jan K. Milencki. Source: Roman Padula, who also has pictures of a number of cemeteries.
  • JEWISH MILITARY CASUALTIES IN THE POLISH ARMIES IN WORLD WAR II by Eng. Benjamin Meirtchak, President of the Association of Jewish War Veterans of Polish Armies in Israel, the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Association of Disabled Veterans of Fight against Nazism in Israel, and the Secretary General of the Association of Polish Jews in Israel

    . [January 2001]
  • The regional museum in Tarnow has a website in Polish with a section called Judaika Tarnowskie. In this section is an article, in English, called "Jewish War Cemeteries in Western Galicia" written by the museum's director Mr. Adam Bartosz.  [July 2005]
NOTE: Books previously listed as sources for various towns have been cited at the town itself including the citations compiled by Elaine B. Kolinsky for Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Jewish Heritage Travel A Guide to East-Central Europe . New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992. [January 2001]
Title Filter     Display # 
# Burial Location
901 OPOCZNO: Lodzkie
902 OPOLE LUBELSKIE: Lubelskie
903 OPOLE: Opolskie
904 OPPELN: see Opole
905 ORAWKA: see Podwilik
906 ORLA: Podlaskie
907 ORNETA: Warmiñsko-Mazurskie
908 ORTELSBURG: see Szczylno
909 OSIECINY: Kuyavian-Pomeranian
910 OSIECZNA: Wielkopolskie
911 OSIEK: Świętokrzyskie
912 OSJAKOW: Łódź
913 OSNO LUBUSKIE: Lubusz
914 OSTENBURG: See Pultusk
915 OSTERODE: see Ostroda
916 OSTRAWIA: see Ostrow Mazowiecka
917 OSTRODA: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
918 OSTROLEKA: Masovia
919 OSTROW KOMZYNSKI: see Ostrow Mazowiecka
920 OSTROW LUBELSKIE: Lubelskie
921 OSTROW MAZOWIECKA: Mazovia
922 OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI: Wielkopolski
923 OSTROWIEC SWIETOKRZYSKI: Świętokrzyskie
924 OSTROWIESW: see Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
925 OSTRZESZOW: Wielkopolskie
926 OSWIECIM: Małopolskie
927 OTMUCHOW: Opolskie
928 OTWOCK: Masovia
929 OWCZARY: Małopolskie
930 OZAROW: Świętokrzyskie
931 OZORKOW: Łódźkie
932 PABIANICE: Łódźkie
933 PACANOW: Świętokrzyskie
934 PAJECZNO: Łódźkie
935 PAKOSC: Kuyavian-Pomeranian
936 PALESTYNA: see SOKOLKA
937 PARCZEW: Lubelskie
938 PARCZEWA (PARTSEVA): See Parczew
939 PARKOWO: Wielkopolskie
940 PARSHISCHA: see Przysucha
941 PARYSOW: Mazovia
942 PASLEK: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
943 PELCZYCE: Zachodniopomorski
944 PELKINIE: Subcarpathia
945 PEREMYSHL: see PRZEMYL
946 PETRIKAU: see Piotrkow Trybunalski
947 PIASECZNO: Masovia
948 PIASEK: see Lublin
949 PIASK: see Piaski
950 PIASKI WIELKOPOLSKIE
951 PIASKI: Lubelskie
952 PIATEK: łódzkie
953 PIENIEZNO: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
954 PIETKOWIEC: see Mielec
955 PILA: Wielkopolski
956 PILAWA GORNA: See Dzierzoniow
957 PILEV: see Pulawy
958 PILICA: śląskie
959 PILSNO: : see PILZNO
960 PILTZ: see Pilica
961 PILZNE: see PILZNO
962 PILZNO: Podkarpackie
963 PINCZOW: Świętokrzyskie
964 PINNE: see Pniewy
965 PIONTKE: see Piatek
966 PIOTRKOW TRYBUNALSKI: łódzkie
967 PISZ: Warmian-Masurian
968 PISZCZAC: Lubelskie
969 PIWNICZNA -ZDROJ: Małopolskie
970 PLAC GRZYBOWSKI: see Warsaw
971 PLAWNO: Łódźkie
972 PLESCHEN: see Pleszew
973 PLESZEW: Wielkopolskie
974 PLOCK: Mazovia
975 PLONNEN: See Plonsk
976 PLONSK: Masovia
977 PLOTY:
978 PLOTZK: see Plock
979 PNIEWY: Wielkopolskie
980 POBIEDZISKA: Wielkopolskie
981 PODDEBICE: Łódźkie
982 PODGORZE: see Krakow and WIELICKZKA
983 PODWILK: Małopolskie
984 PODZAMECZE: see Lublin
985 POGORZELA: See Borek-Wlkp
986 POKOJ: Opolskie
987 POLAJEWO: Wielkopolskie
988 POLANIEC: Świętokrzyskie
989 POLANOW: Zachodniopomorskie
990 POLCZYN ZDROJ: Zachodniopomorski
991 POLLNOW: see Polanow
992 POLNISCH WARTENBERG: see Sycow
993 PONIATOWA Labor Camp
994 PONIEC: See Krobia
995 POPOKIN
996 POPOWO KOSCIELNE: Mazowieckie
997 PORISOV: see Parysow
998 POSEN: see Poznan and Poznan-Milostowo
999 POSWIETNE: see Myszyniec
1000 POZNAN: Wielkopolskie
 
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