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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
1001 PRABUTY: Pomorskie
1002 PRASZKA: Opolskie
1003 PREMISHLA: see PRZEMYL
1004 PREMISLE: see PRZEMYL
1005 PRENZLAU: see Przemyśl
1006 PREUSSISCH FRIEDLAND: see Debrzno/Preussisch Friedland
1007 PREZHEMISEL: see PRZEMYL
1008 PRIEMHAUSEN: see Stargard Szczecinski
1009 PROIBUTY: see Prabuty
1010 PROSZOWICE: Malopolskie
1011 PRUCHNIK: Podkarpackie
1012 PRUDNIK: Opolie
1013 PRUSZKOW: Mazovia
1014 PRYZROW: Śląskie
1015 PRZASNYSZ: Masovia [Proshnits, Pshasnysh, Praschnitz, Prostnetz]
1016 PRZEDBORZ: łódzkie
1017 PRZEDECZ: Wielkopolskie
1018 PRZEMYSL: Podkarpackie [Jarosławia, Pruchnik, Kańczugi, Dynów.]
1019 PRZEROSL: Podlaskie
1020 PRZEWORSK: Podkarpackie
1021 PRZYROW: Slaskie
1022 PRZYSUCHA: Mazowieckie
1023 PRZYTYK: Mazowieckie
1024 PSHEMISHEL: see PRZEMYL
1025 PSHEMISHL: see PRZEMYL
1026 PSHEMYSL: : see PRZEMYL
1027 PSISCHA: see Przysucha
1028 PSZCZEW: Lubuskie
1029 PSZCZYNA: śląskie
1030 PSZCZYNY
1031 PUCK: Pomeranian
1032 PUDEWITZ: see Pobiedziska
1033 PULAWY: Lubelsky
1034 PULTUSK: Mazowieckie
1035 PUNSK: Podlaskie
1036 PUSTKOW Osiedle: Debinca,
1037 PUTZIG: See Puck
1038 PYSKOWICE: śląskie
1039 PYZDRY: Wielkopolskie
1040 RABKA: Rabka-Zdrój: Małopolskie
1041 RACHOW: See Annopol
1042 RACIAZ: Mazovia
1043 RACIBORZ: Śląskie
1044 RACZKI: see Moczydly
1045 RADOM: Mazowieckie)
1046 RADOMSKO: Łódźkie
1047 RADOMYSL NAD SANEM: Podkarpackie
1048 RADOMYSL WIELKI: Podkarpacie
1049 RADOSZYCE: świętokrzyskie
1050 RADYMNO: Podkarpackie
1051 RADZANOW: Mazowieckie
1052 RADZIEJOW: Kujawsko- Pomorskie
1053 RADZIKOW: see Blonie
1054 RADZILOW: Podlaskie
1055 RADZYMIN: Mazowieckie
1056 RADZYN CHELMINSKI: Kuyavian-Pomeranian
1057 RADZYNA PODLASKI: Lubelskie
1058 RAJGROD: Podlaskie
1059 RAKONIEWICE: Wielkopolskie
1060 RAKOW: Świętokrzyskie
1061 RAKWITZ: see Rakoniewice
1062 RANISZOW: see Ranizow
1063 RANIZOW: Podkarpackie
1064 RASTENBURG: see Ketrzyn
1065 RATCENZ: see Raciaz
1066 RAUSTADT: see Wscholoa
1067 RAWA MAZOWIECKA: Łódźkie
1068 RAWICZ: Wielkopolskie
1069 RAWITSCH: see Rawicz
1070 REBESHOV: see Hrubieszow
1071 RECZ: Zachodniopomorskie
1072 REETZ: see Recz
1073 REICHENBACH: see Dzierzoniow
1074 REICHSHOF: See Rzeszow
1075 REICHSHOF: see Rzeszow
1076 REIMANSCHAU: see Rymanow
1077 REINZOV: see Ranizow
1078 REISHA: see Rzeszow
1079 REISSEN: see Radzyna
1080 REJOOWIEC: Lublin
1081 REPPEN: see Rzepin
1082 RESKO: Zachodniopomorskie
1083 RESZEL: Warmiñsko-Mazurskie
1084 RHEIN: see Ryn
1085 RIESENBURG: see Proibuty
1086 RIKA: see Ryki
1087 RIMANOV: see Rymanow
1088 RITCHVOL: see Ryczywol
1089 RODZIN: See Radzyn Podlaski
1090 ROGASEN: see Rogozno
1091 ROGOZNO: Wielkopolskie
1092 ROPSHITZ: see Ropczyce
1093 ROPSZYCE: Podkarpackie
1094 ROSAN: see Rozan
1095 ROSASZ): see Rossosz
1096 ROSENBERG: see Olesno
1097 ROSSEL: see Reszel
1098 ROSSOSZ: Lubelskie
1099 ROZAN: Mazowieckie
1100 ROZPIZA: łódzkie
 
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