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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]

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
501 KNYSZYN: Podlaskie
502 KOBYLA GORA: Wielkopolskie
503 KOBYLIN: Wielkopolskie
504 KOCK: Lubelskie [Kotsk , Kotzk]
505 KODEN: Lubelskie
506 KODNI: see Koden
507 KOLBASUR: see Kolbuszowa
508 KOLBERG: See Kolobrzeg
509 KOLBIEL: Mazowieckie
510 KOLBISHOR: see Kolbuszowa
511 KOLBISHOV: see Kolbuszowa
512 KOLBUSZOWA: Podkarpackie
513 KOLINCZ: Pomerania
514 KOLLENZ: See Kolincz
515 KOLMAR: See Chodziez
516 KOLNO: Podlaskie
517 KOLO (Koło): Wielkopolskie
518 KOLO: Wielkopolskie
519 KOLOBRZEG: Zachodnio-Pomorskie
520 KOLOMYJA: Podlaskie
521 KOLONIA CHANAAN: see SOKOLKA
522 KOLONIA IZAAKA: see SOKOLKA
523 KOMAROW-OSADA: Lubelskie
524 KOMAROWKA PODLASKA: Lubelskie
525 KOMORZE NOWOMIEJSKIE: Wielkopolskie
526 KONIECPOL: Silesia
527 KONIGSBERG: See Chojna
528 KONIGSHUTTE: See Chorzow
529 KONIN: Wielkopolskie
530 KONITZ: See Chojnice
531 KONSDTAT: see Wolczyn
532 KONSKIE: świętokrzyskie
533 KONSKOWOLAI" Lubelskie
534 KONSTANTYNOW: Lodz
535 KONSTANTYNOW: Lubelskie
536 KOPPELSTAEDT: see Kobylin
537 KOPRZYWNICA: Świętokrzyskie
538 KORCZYNA: Podkarpackie [Kortshin]
539 KORNIK: Wielkopolskie
540 KORONOWO: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
541 KORTCHIN: see Korycin
542 KORYCIN/LOCAL VILLAGES: see Jasionowka
543 KORYCIN: Podlaskie
544 KORYTNICA: See Wegrow
545 KOSCHIM: See Kozmin
546 KOSCHMIN: See Kozmin
547 KOSCIAN: Wielkopolskie
548 KOSCIERZYNA: Pomorskie
549 KOSCILENE: see Czyze
550 KOSEL (Kędzierzyn-Koźle)
551 KOSLIN: See Koszalin
552 KOSOV: See Kosow Lacki
553 KOSOW LACKI: Mazowieckie
554 KOSTEN: see Koscian
555 KOSTRZYN: (Kostrzyn nad Odrą) Wielkopolski
556 KOSZALIN: Zachodnio-Pomorskie
557 KOSZYCE: Małopolskie
558 KOTZK: see Kock
559 KOWALEWO POMORSKIE: Kujawko-Pomorskie
560 KOWYN: see Pszczew
561 KOZHENITZ: see Kozienice
562 KOZHNITZ: see Kozienice
563 KOZIENICE: Mazowieckie
564 KOZLE: See Kędzierzyn-Koźle:
565 KOZMIN: Welkopolskie
566 KOZNITY: see Kozienice
567 KOZYCIN: See Jasionowka
568 KRAJENKA: Wielkopolskie
569 KRAKAU: See Krakow
570 KRAKOW: Małopolskie)
571 KRAPKOWICE: Opolskie
572 KRAPPITZ: See Krapkowice
573 KRASHNIK: see Krasnik
574 KRASICZYN: Podkarpackie
575 KRASKOW: Opolskie
576 KRASKOW: see Kluczbork
577 KRASNICZYN: Lubelskie
578 KRASNIK GORY: Dolnośląski
579 KRASNIK: Lubelskie [Kraśnik , Krashnik, Koshnik, Kroshnik, Krushnik]
580 KRASNISTOV: see Krasnystaw
581 KRASNOBROD: Lubelskie
582 KRASNOPOL: Podlaskie
583 KRASNOSIELC: Mazowieckie
584 KRASNYSTAW: Lubelskie
585 KREUZBURG: see Kluczbork
586 KRIEWEN: see Krzywin
587 KROBEN/KROEBN: see Krobia
588 KROBIA: Wielkopolskie
589 KROJANKE: See Krajenka
590 KROKE: See Krakow
591 KROMOLOW: Opolskie
592 KROSCIENKO nad DUNAJCEM: Małopolskie
593 KROSHNIVITZ: see Krosniewice
594 KROSNIEWIC: see Krosniewice
595 KROSNIEWICE: Lodz
596 KROSNO: Podkarpackie [KROSSEN ]
597 KROSZNIWIC: See Krosniewice
598 KROTOSCHIN: see Krotoszyn
599 KROTOSZYN: Wielkopolskie
600 KRUKE: See Krakow
 
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