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POLAND - THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

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Haruth [October 2000]
http://www.jewish.org.pl [December 2000]
http://tbns.net/poljs

[UPDATE] Web page of the Foundation for the Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland [November 2014]

[UPDATE] Adopt-a-Jewish-Cemetery Project launched in Poland [February 2015]

[UPDATE] Jewish Heritage Europe:  Poland Notes [February 2015]

[UPDATE] Jewish Heritage Europe:  Poland round-up: cemeteries, synagogues, etc. [February 2015]

[UPDATE] FODZ: Adopt a Jewish Cemetery [July 2015]

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]

[UPDATE] Database of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland [January 2015]

[UPDATE] Chasidic Route/Tourist Route through SE Poland [January 2015]

[UPDATE] Adopt-a-Jewish-Cemetery Project [April 2015]

[UPDATE] Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland Facebook Page [June 2016]

Why I Am Writing a Field Guide to Jewish Cemeteries - for Poles | Jewish Heritage Europe. [July 2016]

Title Filter     Display # 
# Burial Location
1201 SKEPE: Kujawsko-Pomorskie [Skempe,Schemmensee ,
1202 SKIERNIEWICE: Lodzkie
1203 SKOCZOW: śląskie (Wilamowicach)
1204 SKOKI: Wielkopolskie
1205 SKOP: Podkarpackie
1206 SKOROGOSZCZ: Opolskie
1207 SKORZEWO: Pomorskie
1208 SKOTSCHAU: See Skoczow
1209 SKULSK: Wielkopolskie
1210 SKWIERZYNA: Lubuskie
1211 SLAWABORZE: see Swidwin
1212 SLAWATYCZE: Biała Podlaska County, Lublin Voivodeship,[Slovotitch, Slavatiche,סלאואטיצ'ה, Slavatyche, Slavatich.]
1213 SLAWATYCZE: Lubelskie
1214 SLAWKOW KRZYKAWKA: Małopolskie
1215 SLESIN: Wielkopolskie
1216 SLOMNIKI: Małopolskie
1217 SLONSK: Lubuskie
1218 SLOWIK: Świętokrzyskie
1219 SLOWOTICZ (SLOVOTITZ): See Slawatycze
1220 SLUBICE: Lubuskie
1221 SLUPCA: Wielkopolskie
1222 SLUZEWO: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
1223 SMIGIEL: Wielkopolskie
1224 SMOCZKA: see Mielec
1225 SNIADKOW GORNY: see Sobienie Jeziory
1226 SNIADOWO: Polaskie
1227 SOBIENIE JEZIORY: Mazowieckie
1228 SOBKOW: świętokrzyskie
1229 SOBOTA: Łódźkie
1230 SOBOTKA: See Swidnica
1231 SOCHACZEW: Mazowieckie
1232 SOCHOCIN: Masowieckie
1233 SOKOLKA: Grodno
1234 SOKOLKA: Podlasie
1235 SOKOLOV PODLASKI
1236 SOKOLOV: see Sokolow Podlaski
1237 SOKOLOW MALOPOLSKI: Podkarpackie
1238 SOKOLOW PODLASKI: Mazowieckie [Sokoluv, Sokołów Podlaski,
1239 SOKOLOW: See Sokolow Malopolski
1240 SOKOLY: Podlaskie
1241 SOLDAU: See Dzialdowo
1242 SOLDIN: see Mysliborz
1243 SOLEC NAD WISLA: Masowieckie
1244 SOLLANTSCH: see Golancz
1245 SOMPOLNO: Wielkopolskie
1246 SONNENBURG: see Slonsk
1247 SOPOT: Pomorskie
1248 SOPUTU
1249 SOSNICOWICE: śląskie
1250 SOSNIESSOWITZE: see Sosnicowice
1251 SOSNOWIEC: Śląskie
1252 SREM: Wielkopolskie
1253 SRODA SLASKA: Dolnośląskie
1254 SRODA WEILKOPOLSKA: Wielkopolsie
1255 STALOWA WOLA, ROZWADOW : Podkarpackie
1256 STANISLAWOW
1257 STARACHOWICE: świętokrzyskie
1258 STARGARD SZCZECINSKI: Zachodniopomorskie
1259 STAROGARD GDANSKI: Pomorskie
1260 STAROSIELCE: see Bialystok
1261 STAROWOLA: see Parysow
1262 STARY DZIKOW: Podkarpackie
1263 STARY MYSZYNIEC: see Myszyniec
1264 STARY TARG: Pomorskie
1265 STASZOW: świętokrzyskie
1266 STAWISKI: Podlaskie
1267 STAWISZYN: Wielkopolskie
1268 STENSCHEWO: see Steszew
1269 STENSZEWO: see Steszew
1270 STEPNICA: Zachodniopomorskie
1271 STERDIN: see Sterdyn
1272 STERDYN: Mazowieckie
1273 STESZEW: Wielkopolskie
1274 STETTIN: see Szczecin
1275 STEZYCA: See Ilawa
1276 STEZYCY: see Ryki
1277 STOCZEK LUKOWSKI: Lubelskie
1278 STOCZEK WEGROWSKI: Mazowieckie
1279 STOK: see Stoczek Wegrowski
1280 STOPNICA: świętokrzyskie
1281 STORCHNEST: ?
1282 STRASBURG: see Brodnica
1283 STREZOW: see Strzykow-Okopisko
1284 STRIEGAU: : See Strzegom
1285 STRIKOW:see Strykow
1286 STRIZEV: see Strzykow-Okopisko
1287 STRUMIEN: śląskie
1288 STRYKOW: Łódźkie
1289 STRZEGOM: Podkarpackie
1290 STRZEGOWO-OSADA: Mazowieckie [Strzegowo-Osada, St'shegova, Stshegovo, St'chegova, Schegove, Schegovo, Stryzgov, Stshegove]
1291 STRZELCE KRAJENSKIE: Lubuskie
1292 STRZELCE OPOLSKIE: Opolskie
1293 STRZYZOW: Podkarpackie
1294 STUHM: see Sztum
1295 SUCHAN: Zachodniopomorskie
1296 SUCHAVOLA: see Suchowola
1297 SUCHOWOLA: Podlaskie
1298 SULBINY: see Garwolin
1299 SULECIN: Lubuskie
1300 SULEJOW: Lodzkie
 
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