Józefin is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Lipiany within Pyrzyce County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship in NW Poland. Before 1945 the area was part of Germany.
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Located in Szczecin at 53º74 N 15º01 E, 4 km from Lipiany. Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
The earliest known Jewish community (Lipiany) was 1846. The unlandmarked cemetery was established around 1866 with last known Jewish burial around 1944. The isolated rural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all. A broken masonry wall with no gate surrounds. Its size before WWII and now is.3 ha. 20-100 gravestones, many not in original location with less than 25% toppled or broken, date from 1863-20th century. The marble, granite, limestone and sandstone tombstones are rough, flat stones with carved relief decorations. Inscriptions are in Hebrew?, Yiddish? and German. There are no known mass graves. Municipality owns property used for agriculture (crops or animal grazing). Properties adjacent are agricultural. Occasionally, private visitors and local residents stop. The cemetery was vandalized during WW II but not in the last ten years. There is no maintenance and no structures. Vegetation overgrowth is a constant problem, disturbing graves. Serious threats: Vegetation and vandalism. Moderate threats: weather erosion and pollution.
Dr. Alojzy Kowalczyk, ul. Moniuszk 4/B, 73-110 Stargard, Tel. 734440 completed survey on Oct 10, 1994 after a visit two days earlier. Documentation: Karta Cmentarza, 1988 r. Jozefin, gm. Lipiany.
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