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50°42' N 17°08' E, 197.7 miles WSW of Warszawa. Miłocice is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Przeworno within Strzelin County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship in SW Poland. Prior to 1945, it was in Germany. Normal 0

The forest cemetery is the older of two Miłocice two cemeteries that buried the Jews from nearby Bierutów. Jews residing in Bierutow are first mentioned in 1350. In 1583 the village received non tolerandis Judaeis privilege banning their residence. They returned in the second half of the 17th century and established a kahal in the second half of the 18th century. [June 2009]

CEMETERY: Olesnica almost thirty km away also used this Jewish cemetery that was founded around 1740 for Bierutow. In 1847, the Emanuel Pringsheim tahara was added and the cemetery area enclosed with brick walls. In the second half of the 19th century, the cemetery was almost completely full. Approximately 1900, the cemetery was closed. [Information about the new cemetery is unknown at this time.] During WW II, the Germans destroyed the old cemetery. On May 14, 1990, the cemetery was landmarked. Currently, the cemetery covers about 0.2 hectares with no fence. About thirty gravestones remain, the oldest dating from 1756, but almost all fallen damaged or broken, most as the result of vandalism. Inscriptions are in Hebrew. The site looks abandoned and neglected such that the forest may soon consume it.  Directions: After entering the Miłocic from Bierutów, turn left. In a few hundred meters, where the asphalt road twists at 90, stay to the right straight through the dirt road. At the last house on the right, turn right to the edge of the forest. On the left side in forest, go straight up to the edge of the forest road straight to the cemetery in about two hundred meters to the left on the hill. The cemetery is difficult to find, but Miłocic residents know its location. Video. Photos. [June 2009]




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