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Coat of arms of Niepołomice Alternate names: Niepołomice [Pol], Nieplomitza [Yid]. 50°02' N, 20°14' E, 15 miles ESE of Kraków. 1900 Jewish population: 507.  Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), VII, pp. 103-106: "Niepołomice". This town on the Vistula River in southern Poland in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship since 1999 and previously in Kraków Voivodeship (1975-1998), 25 km E of Kraków on Puszcza Niepołomnicka Forest). 2005 Population: 8,071. JOWBR: Mass grave memorial gravestone. Apart from the town of Niepołomice, Gmina Niepołomice contains the villages and settlements of Chobot, Ochmanów, Podłęże, Słomiróg, Staniątki, Suchoraba, Wola Batorska, Wola Zabierzowska, Zagórze, Zakrzów and Zakrzowiec. The beginnings of Jewish settlement in Niepołomicach dates from the mid-18th century. Before the outbreak of WW II, more than 900 Jews lived there. German troops destroyed the cemetery located near the synagogue. About forty marble, granite, and sandstone matzevot with inscriptions in Hebrew survive.  Rabbi Joseph Tetelbaum is buried here.  [June 2009]

Cemetery photos [May 2006]

Mass grave memorial at Niepolomice is located within the Puszcze-Niepolomskie [dense woods] and memorializes those killed by the Nazis on 14 Elul 5702 [August 27, 1942]. Information and names from pictures taken 8-24-1990 is available from Steve Blum This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . [October 2000]

US Commission No AS 163

Niepolomice is located in Krakow region at 50º02 N 20º13E, about 20 km SE, E of Cracow. The cemetery is located on Bohaterow Getta Street, perpendicular to Bochenska Street. Present town population is 5,000-25,000, currently no Jews.

  • Local: Urzad Miasta (City Council), at Zwyciestwa Sq, ph: 811259; or Urzad Miasta, Wydziai Geodezji (City Council, Dept. of Land Survey), ph: 811254. (1) Urzad Wojewodzki (Woivodship Office), Krakow, 22 Basztowa Street, ph: 160200, fax: 227208; (2) Urzad Wojewodzki, Wydziai Spraw Spolecznych (Woivodship Office, Dept. of Social Affair), Krakow, 22 Basztowa Street, ph: 226828, 223371, 160268-Inspektor d/s Stowarzyszen I Wyznan (Inspector for Associations and Religious Denominations), pok. (room) 273; and (3) Kongregacja Wyznania Mojzeszowego (Jewish Congregation), Cracow, 2 Skawinska St, ph: 562349.
  • Regional: Panstwowa Sluzba Ochrony Zabytkow Wojewodzki Konserwator Zabytkow (State Preservation Authority, Conservation Officer for Woivodship), Krakow, 3 Wszystkich Swietych Sq, ph: 225977, fax: 161417; osoba zajmujaca sie cmentarzami (person dealing with cemeteries), ph: 161415. Other parties interested in this site are Regionalny Osrodek Studiow I Ochrony Krajobrazu Kulturowego (Regional Center for the Study and Preservation of Cultural Landscape), Krakow. Another interested party is Komitet Opieki nad Zabytkami Kultury Zydowskiej-sekcja Towarzystwa Milosnikow Historii I Zabtkow Krakowa (Committee for the Care of Monuments of Jewish Culture-section of Society of ????? of History and Monuments of Cracow), 12 Swietego Jana St. Information about the site may be obtained from: (1)Sad Wojewodzki-Wydziai Ksiag Wieczystych (Woivodship Court of Justice-Dept. of Land Record Book), Krakow, 7 Przy Rondzie St, ph: 114100; (Archiwum (archive), pok. (room) 119); (2) Wojewodzkie Archiwum Panstwowe (State Archive for Woivodship) Krakow, 2 Sienna St, ph: 224094; and (3) Archiwum Panstwowe (State Archive), Bochnia.
The earliest known Jewish community in Niepolomice was about 1749. 1921 Jewish population was 907. The Orthodox Jewish cemetery was established in the second half of the 19th century. Josef Tetelbaum, the first rabbi of Niepolomice, was buried in this cemetery (he died in 1916). The last known Jewish burial was in 1942. The isolated suburban flat land has no sign or marker. A broken masonry wall with no gate surrounds. Reached by turning directly off a public road, it is open to all. Before WWII the cemetery was approximately 0.5 hectares; it is now 0.1925 hectares. 20-100 gravestones with 20 -100 in original location with 25%-50% toppled or broken. Removed stones are included in the foundation of private houses and re-cycled by local stone carvers. The gravestones date of 1910 or 19th century (according to a former analyst). The marble, granite and sandstone finely smoothed and inscribed stones or flat stones with carved relief decoration have Hebrew inscriptions. The cemetery contains no special memorial monuments and no known mass graves. The municipality currently owns the cemetery property used only as a Jewish cemetery. Properties adjacent are residential. The cemetery size has been reduced as a result of a housing development. Private visitors visit rarely. The cemetery was not vandalized in the last ten years. Local/municipal authorities cleared vegetation and occasionally clear or clean. There are no structures. Serious security and vandalism threats faced this cemetery.
Malgorzata Radolowicz, 37 Florianska St, apt. 3, Krakow, visited the site on July 10, 1995 and completed the survey. Miscellaneous local residents were interviewed on July 10, 1995. Tadeusz Jakubowicz was interviewed on August 18, 1995.

Kriegerfriedhof (war cemetery) Nr.328. {10846} 1 Jewish soldier from WWI. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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