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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]
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# Burial Location
1101 RUBASHOV: see Hrubieszow
1102 RUBIESZOW: see Hrubieszow
1103 RUBISCHOFF: see Hrubieszow
1104 RUBISHOV: see Hrubieszow
1105 RUBISHOYV: see Hrubieszow
1106 RUDKA: see Bransk
1107 RUDNIK NAD SANEM: Podkarpackie
1108 RUSKO: Zachodniopomorskie
1109 RUSSHAGEN: see Rusko
1110 RYBNIK: śląskie
1111 RYBOTYOZE: Podkarpackie
1112 RYCHWAL: Wielkopolskie
1113 RYCHWALD: see OWCZARY
1114 RYCZYWOL: Wielkopolskie
1115 RYDZYNA: Wielkopolskie
1116 RYGLICE: Małopolskie
1117 RYKI: Lubelskie
1118 RYMANOW: Podkarpackie
1119 RYN: Warmian-Masurian
1120 RYNARZEWO: kujawsko-pomorskie
1121 RYPIN: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
1122 RYSZYWOL: Mazowieckie
1123 RZENOW: Podkarpackie, see Rzeszow
1124 RZEPIENNIK STRZYZEWSKI: Małopolska
1125 RZEPIN: Lubelskie
1126 RZESZOW: Podkarpackie
1127 SAALFELD: see Zalewo
1128 SADOWNE: see Stoczek Wegrowski
1129 SAMOTSCHIN: see Szamocin
1130 SAMTER: see Szamotuly
1131 SANDBERG: see Piaski Wielkopolskie
1132 SANDOMIERZ: świętokrzyskie
1133 SANKT-JOHANNES: See Swietojansko
1134 SANNIKI: Mazowieckie, see Gabin
1135 SANOK: Podkarpackie
1136 SANTOCZNO: Lubuskie
1137 SANTOMISSCHEL: see Zaniemysl
1138 SANTOMYSL: see Zaniemysl
1139 SANZ: see Nowy Sacz
1140 SARNAKI: Mazowieckie
1141 SARNE: see Sarnowa
1142 SARNOWA: Wielkopolskie
1143 SASKLL: see Suprasl
1144 SAWIN: Lubelskie
1145 SCHARFENWEISE: see Ostroleka
1146 SCHERMEISEL: see Trzemeszno Lubuskie
1147 SCHILDBERG: See Ostrzeszow
1148 SCHIVELBEIN: See Swidwin
1149 SCHLICHTINGSCHEIM: see Szlichtyngowa
1150 SCHLOCHAU: see Czluchow
1151 SCHLOPPE: see Czlopa
1152 SCHMIEGEL: See Smigiel
1153 SCHMUCKERT: see Bojanowo
1154 SCHNECK: See Skarszewy
1155 SCHNEIDEMUHL: see Pila
1156 SCHOENECK: see Skarszewy
1157 SCHOKKEN: see Skoki
1158 SCHONLANKE: See Trzcianka
1159 SCHONSEE: See Kowalewo Pomorskie
1160 SCHRIMM: see Srem
1161 SCHRODA: see Sroda Wlkp
1162 SCHWARZENAU: See Czerniejewo
1163 SCHWEIDNITZ: See Swidnica
1164 SCHWERIN: See Skwierzyna
1165 SCHWERSENZ: see Swarzedz
1166 SCINAWA: Dolnośląskie
1167 SECEMIN: Świętokrzyskie
1168 SEDZISZOW MAKOPOLSKI: Podkarpackie
1169 SEEBURG: see Jeziorany
1170 SEJNY: Podlaskie
1171 SENDESHOV: see Sedziszow Makopolski
1172 SENSBURG: see Mragowo
1173 SEPOLNO KRAJENSKIE: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
1174 SEROCK: Mazowieckie
1175 SEROCZYN: Dolnośląskie
1176 SEROTCHIN: see Seroczyn
1177 SHEBERSHIN: see Szczebrzeszyn
1178 SHENDESHOV: see Sedziszow Makopolski
1179 SHIDLOVSTA: see Szydlowie
1180 SHIDZA: See Sidra
1181 SHIENIAWSKI: see Majden Shieniawski
1182 SHMIEGEL: see Smigiel
1183 SIANOW: see Koszalyn
1184 SIDRA: Podlaskie
1185 SIEDLCE: Mazowieckie [Shedlitz, Sedlets,
1186 SIEDLEC: see Krasnosielc
1187 SIEDLEZCKA: Podkarpackie
1188 SIELC: see Krasnosielc
1189 SIEMIATYCE: Podlaskie
1190 SIENIAWA: Podkarpackie
1191 SIENNOC
1192 SIERADZ: łódzkie
1193 SIERAKOW: Wielkopolskie
1194 SIERAKOWO: see Sierakow
1195 SIERPC: Mazowieckie
1196 SIWKOWICE:
1197 SKALA: Małopolskie
1198 SKARISHOV: see Skaryszew
1199 SKARYSZEW: świętokrzyskie
1200 Skarżysko-Kamienna, Skarzysko Kamienna, Skarzhisk, Skarzysko, Kamienna-Skarzhisko, Kamenna-Skarzhisko, Каменне, Скаржиско-Каменн: świętokrzyskie
 
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