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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]

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]

Title Filter     Display # 
# Burial Location
1301 SUCHAN: Zachodniopomorskie
1302 SUCHAVOLA: see Suchowola
1303 SUCHOWOLA: Podlaskie
1304 SULBINY: see Garwolin
1305 SULECIN: Lubuskie
1306 SULEJOW: Lodzkie
1307 SULKOWICE: see Myslenice
1308 SULMIERZYCE: Łódźkie
1309 SUPRASL: Podlaskie
1310 SURAZ: Podlaskie
1311 SUSZ: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
1312 SUWALKI: Podlaskie
1313 SWARZEDZ: Wielkopolskie
1314 SWIDNICA: Dolnośląskie
1315 SWIDWIN: Zachodniopomorskie
1316 SWIEBODZICE: Dolnośląskie
1317 SWIECIECHOWA: see Leszno
1318 SWIERLANY
1319 SWIETOJANSKO Lubuskie
1320 SYCOW: Lubuskie
1321 SZADEK: łódzkie
1322 SZADKOWICE: see Szadek
1323 SZAMOCIN: Wielkopolskie
1324 SZAMOTULY: Wielkopolskie
1325 SZCZEBRZESZYN: Lubelskie
1326 SZCZECIN: Zachodniopomorskie
1327 SZCZECINEK: Zachodniopomorskie
1328 SZCZEKOCINY: śląskie
1329 SZCZERCOW: łódzkie
1330 SZCZODROW: see Sycow
1331 SZCZUCIN: Małopolskie
1332 SZCZUCZYN: Gmina Szamotuły
1333 SZCZUCZYN: Podlaskie
1334 SZCZUROWA: See Brzesko
1335 SZCZYTNO: warmińsko-mazurskie
1336 SZERESZEWO: see NAREWKA
1337 SZIDLOWIEC [SHIDLOVSTA]: See Szydlowiec
1338 SZLICHTYNGOWA: Lubuskie
1339 SZRENSK: Mazowieckie
1340 SZTUM: Pomorskie
1341 SZUBIN: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
1342 SZYDLOW: świętokrzyskie
1343 SZYDLOWIEC: Mazowieckie [Szydłowiec, Zhidlovetza, Shidlovets, Shödleuweiß, Schydlowiecz, Shidlovits, Shidlovetz, Shidlovetse, Shidlovtza, Shidlovyets]
1344 TAK; STEPNICA: see Boguslawie
1345 TARLOW: Świętokrzyskie
1346 TARNE: see Tarnow
1347 TARNOBRZEG: Podkarpackie
1348 TARNOGROD: Lubelskie
1349 TARNOW: Małopolskie
1350 TARNOWKA WIESIOTOWSKA: see Dabie
1351 TARNOWSKIE GORY: śląskie
1352 TARZCYN: Mazowieckie
1353 TCZEW: Pomorskie
1354 TEMPELBURG: See Czaplinek
1355 THORN: see Torun
1356 TIKTIN: see Tykocin
1357 TIRSCHTIEGEL: see Trzciel
1358 TLUTS: see Frysztak
1359 TOMASZOW LUBELSKI: Lubelskie
1360 TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI: Lodzkie
1361 TOMASZOW RAWSKI: See Tomaszow Mazowiecki
1362 TORNE: see TARNOW
1363 TORUN: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
1364 TORZYM: Lubuskie
1365 TOSZEK: śląskie
1366 TREMESSEN: See Trzemeszno
1367 TREPTOW AN DER REGE: see Trzebiatow
1368 TRESTA RZADOWA: łódzkie
1369 TREUBURG: see Olecko
1370 TRZCIANKA: Wielkopolskie
1371 TRZCIANNE: see Knyszyn
1372 TRZCIEL: Lubuskie
1373 TRZCINSKO ZDROJ: Zachodniopomorskie
1374 TRZEBIATOW: Zachodniopomorskie
1375 TRZEBINIA: Małopolskie
1376 TRZEMESZNO LUBUSKIE
1377 TRZEMESZNO: Wielkopolskie
1378 TSHIJEVO: see Czyzewo
1379 TUCHELL: See Tuchola
1380 TUCHOLA: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
1381 TUCHOW: Malopolskie
1382 TUCZNO: Zachodniopomorskie
1383 TUETZ: see Tuczno
1384 TULISZKOW: Wielkopolskie
1385 TUREK: Wielkopolskie
1386 TURKOW: Opolskie
1387 TUROBIN: Lubelskie
1388 TUSZYN: łódzkie
1389 TUTZ: See Tuczno
1390 TWIERDZA: Podkarpackie
1391 TYCIN: see Tyczyn
1392 TYCZYN: Podkarpackie
1393 TYKOCIN: Podlaskie
1394 TYKTIN: see Tykocin
1395 TYRAWA WOLOSKA: Małopolskie
1396 TYSZOWCE: Lubelskie
1397 UCHANIE: Lubelsie
1398 UHANIE: (German) see Uchanie
1399 UJAZD: Opolskie
1400 UJAZD: łódzkie
 
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