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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]

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
701 LOWICZ: Łódzkie
702 LOWYN: See Pszczew
703 LUBACZOW: Podkarpackie
704 LUBARTOW: Lubelskie [Lubartów, Levertov, Lyubartov , Lewartów]
705 LUBASCH: see Lubasz
706 LUBASZ: Wielkopolskie
707 LUBATCHOV
708 LUBAWA: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
709 LUBISZYN: Lubuskie
710 LUBLA: Subcarpathian
711 LUBLIN: Lubelskie [Głusku,
712 LUBLINIEC: śląskie
713 LUBLINITZ: see Lubliniec
714 LUBNIEWICE: Lubuskie
715 LUBRANIEC: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
716 LUBZINA: see Ropczyce
717 LUBZINE: see Ropszyce
718 LUKOVA: see Lukow
719 LUKOW: Lubelskie [Likova, Lukov, Likeva, Likeve, Lukova]
720 LUTOMIERSK: łódzkie
721 LUTOWISKA: Podkarpackie
722 LUTUTOW: Łódźkie
723 LWOWEK SLASKI: Dolnośląskie
724 LWOWEK: Wielkopolskie
725 LYCK: see ELK
726 LYSOBYKI: see Jeziorzany
727 MACIEJOWICE
728 MACKEIN: See Makow Mazowiecki
729 MAGNASZEV: see Magnuszew
730 MAGNUSZEW: Masovian
731 MAJDAN KOLBASUR: see Majdan Kolbuszowa
732 MAJDAN KOLBISHOR: see Majdan Kolbuszowa
733 MAJDAN KOLBUSZOWA: Podkarpackie
734 MAJDAN KROLEWSKI: Podokarpackie
735 MAJDAN KROWLEWSKI: see Majdan Kolbuszowa
736 MAJDANY: see Dabie
737 MAJDEN SHIENIAWSKI
738 MAKOW MAZOWIECKI: Mazovia
739 MAKOWKA: see NAREW
740 MALA NAREWJA: See Narewka
741 MALBORK: Pomorskie
742 MALOGOSZCZ: Swietokrzyskie
743 MANASTERZ: Podkarpackie Woj
744 MARGONIN: Wielkopolskie
745 MARGRABOWA: see Olecko
746 MARKI: Mazowieckie
747 MARKISCH FRIEDLAND: see Miroslawiec
748 MARKOWA: Podkarpackie Woj
749 MARKUSHEV: see Markuszow
750 MARKUSZOW: Lubelskie [ Markuszów, Markushev, Markushov]
751 MARYNOWO: Podlaskie
752 MEHLSAK: see Pieniezro
753 MELITZ: see Mielec
754 MESERITZ: see Miedzyrzecz
755 MEWE: See Gniew
756 MEZERICZ D'LITA: see Miedzyrzec Podlaski
757 MIASTECZKO KRAJENSKIE: Wielkopolskie
758 MIASTECZKO SLASKIE: SLASKIE
759 MIASTKO: Pomorskie
760 MICHALOWO: Podlaskie [Michalova, Michałowo , Nezbodka, Michałowo-Niezbudka., ikhalovo, Mikhalovah ,
761 MICHALOWO: See Grodek
762 MICHOW: Lubelskie
763 MIECHOW: Malopolskie
764 MIEDZYBORZ: see Sycow
765 MIEDZYCHOD: Wielkopolskie
766 MIEDZYRZEC PODLASKI: Lubelskie
767 MIEDZYRZECZ: Lubuskie
768 MIEJSCE: Opolskie
769 MIELAU: see Mlawa
770 MIELAW: See Mlawa
771 MIELEC: Podkarpackie
772 MIELNIK: Podlaskie
773 MIEROSZOW: Dolnośląskie
774 MIESCISKO: Wielkopolskie
775 MIKOLAJKI: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
776 MIKOLOW: śląskie
777 MIKSTAT: Wielkopolskie
778 MIKULOW: see Mikolow
779 MILAKOWO: Warmińsko-Mazurski
780 MILAYTCHITZ: See Milejczyce
781 MILEJCZYCE: Podlaskie
782 MILOCICE: Dolnośląskie
783 MILOSLAW: Wielkopolskie
784 MILSLAW: See Miloslaw
785 MINSK MAZOWIECKI: Mazovia
786 MIODOWA:
787 MIRCZE: see Krylow, Krasnobrod and Tomaszow Lubelski
788 MIROSLAWIEC: Zachodnio-Pomorskie
789 MIXSTADT: see Mikstat
790 MLAWA: Mazowieckie
791 MOCZYDLY: Mazowieckie [Raczki (Rotzk)]
792 MODLIBORZYCE: Lubelskie
793 MOGIELNICA: Mazowieckie
794 MOGILNO: Kujawsko-Pomorskie
795 MOHRIN: see Moryn
796 MOKOBODY: Mazowieckie
797 MOKRUNGEN: see Morag
798 MORAG: Warmińsko-Mazurskie
799 MORDY: Mazowiecki
800 MORYN: Zachodniopomorskie
 
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