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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]

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
201 DARLOWO: Pomerania
202 DEBICA: Tarnow
203 DEBLIN: Lublin
204 DEBNO: Pomerania
205 DEBRZNO WIES: Lipka
206 DEBRZNO/PREUSSISCH FRIEDLAND
207 DEBRZNO: see :See DEBRZNO/PREUSSISCH FRIEDLAND.
208 DEMBITSA: see DEBICA
209 DEMBITZ: see DEBICA
210 DEUTSCH EYLAU: See Ilawa
211 DEUTSCH KRONE: see Wakcz
212 DIRSCHAU: See Tczew
213 DOBCZYCE:
214 DOBERCIL: see Dobra
215 DOBERLEIL: See Dobra
216 DOBERSCHUTZ: See Dobrzyca
217 DOBIEGNIEW: Lubusz
218 DOBRA NOWOGARDZKA: Lobeski
219 DOBRA: Koninskie
220 DOBRE MIASTO: Olsztynskie
221 DOBRIN: see Debrzno Wies
222 DOBRODZIEN: Olesno
223 DOBRZANY: Stargard
224 DOBRZYCA: Pleszew
225 DOBRZYKOW: see Gabin
226 DOLSK: Poznaniskie/Śrem
227 DOLZIG: See Dolsk
228 DRAMBURG: see Drawsko Pomorskie
229 DRAWNO: Choszczno
230 DRAWSKO POMORSKIE: Koszalin
231 DREZDENKO: Lubuskie
232 DRIESEN: see Drezdenko
233 DRILTCH: see Ilza
234 DROBIN: Płock
235 DROHICZYN: Bialystokie [Drohitchin, Drokhichin, Drohiczyn-Lacki,]
236 DROLTOWICE:
237 DROSSEN: see Osno Lubuskie
238 DRZEWICA: Opoczno
239 DUBIECKO: Przemyśl
240 DUBIENKA: Chełm
241 DUBROWA-BAILYSTOCKA and DUBRAWA: see Dabrowa Bialostocka
242 DUKLA: Krosno
243 DYHERRNFURT: see Brzeg Dolny
244 DYNOW: Rzeszów
245 DZIADOWICE: see Klodawa
246 DZIALDOWO: Działdowo
247 DZIALOSZYCE: Świętokrzyskie
248 DZIALOSZYN: Pajęczno
249 DZIERZGON: Sztum
250 DZIERZONIOW: Dzierżoniów
251 DZIKOW: see Tarnobrzeg
252 DZILTCH: See Ilza
253 EHRENFORST: see Ujazd)
254 ELBING: see ELBLAG
255 ELBLAG: Elbląg
256 ELK: Suwałki
257 ESTERDIN: see Sterdtn
258 ESTERK: Skierniewice
259 EXIN: see Kcynia
260 EYLAU: see Jlawa
261 FALENICA : see WAWER in WARSAW
262 FILEHNE: see Wielen
263 FILIPOW: Suwalki
264 FIRLEJ: Lubartow
265 FLATOW: see Zlotow
266 FORDON: Bydgoszcz
267 FRAMPOL: Lublin
268 FRANKFURT a/Oder:
269 FRAUENBURG: see Frombork
270 FRAUENSTADT: see Wscholoa
271 FREDHEIN: see Miasteczko Krajenskie
272 FREIBURG: see Swiebodzice
273 FREYSTATH: see Frysztak
274 FRIEDEBERG: see Strzelce Krajenskie
275 FRISTIK: see Frysztak
276 FROM RZESZOW: See Rzeszow
277 FROMBORK: Braniewo, woj. Warmińsko-Mazurskie
278 FRYSZTAK: Podkarpackie
279 FURSTENFELDE: see Boleszkowice
280 GABIN: Mazovia
281 GAC
282 GARWOLIN: Mazovia
283 GASAWA: Wielkopolski
284 GDANSK: Pomerania
285 GDOW: Malopolske, see Myslenice
286 GDYNIA: Pomerania
287 GER: see Gora Kalwaria
288 GERLINGEN: See Gasawa
289 GIDLE/GIDEL
290 GIESEBITZ: see Izbica
291 GILGENBURG: See Dabrowno
292 GIZYCKO: Warmian-Masurian
293 GLATZ: See Klodzko
294 GLAVTCHEV: (Yiddish) see Glowaczow
295 GLEIWITZ: See Gliwice
296 GLINK: see Frysztak
297 GLISNO: Lubusz
298 GLIWICE: Silesia
299 GLOGOW MALOPOLSKI: Podkarpackie
300 GLOGOWEK: Opole
 
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