ZABLUDOW: Podlaskie Print

Alternate names: Zabłudów [Pol], Zablodove, זאַבלוּדאָווע [Yid], Zabluduv, Заблудув [Rus], Заблудаў [Bel], Zablodov, Zabludova. 53°01' N, 23°21' E, 12 miles SE of Białystok. 1900 Jewish population: 2,621. Yizkors: Zabludow yisker-bukh (Buenos Aires, 1961); Zabludow; dapim mi-tokh yisker-bukh (Israel, 1987); Bóżnice Białostocczyzny (Białystok, 1992); and Zabludover pinkas 1900-1925 (New York, 1925). Gmina Zabłudów is an urban-rural administrative district in Białystok powiat, Podlaskie Voivodeship in NE Poland with its seat in the town of Zabłudów, 16 km (10 mi) SE of the regional capital Białystok. The gmina 2006 total population was 8,451 (town of Zabłudów at 2,400). [July 2009]

Zabludow website.  Zabludow cemeteries. [2000]

ShtetLink 2007 directions, description, and photos: "53°01'N 23°21'E. Size: 1.5 acres. Number of matzevoth: None (c. 120 supports: 1 ohel with inscription).Bagnowka.com: Zabludow Gallery (photographed 1988, 2006). The area is well-tended, with the remains of a cobblestone wall surrounding the cemetery (Image 1,2). Approximately 120 bases were counted (Images 3,4); one ohel with an inscription is well-preserved (Images 5,6). The area is flanked on three sides by agricultural fields and a few small houses (Image 7,8). " [April 2009]

also used cemetery at Bialystok II

ZABLUDOW I:     US Commission No. POCE000130
Alternate Yiddish name: Zabludowa. Zabludow is located in Bialystok region at 53º0123º21, 20 km NE of Bialystok. The former cemetery was located at the S part of the town. Present town population is 5,000-25,000 [2,153 in 1993] with no Jews.

  • Town: Urzad Miasta i Gminy, Rynek, Zabludow, Tel. 233-32.
  • Regional: Wojewodzki Konserwator Zabytkow, ul. Dojlidy Fabryczne 23, Bialystok, Tel. 41-23-32.

The earliest known Jewish community existed in 1566. 1921 Jewish population was 1817. Hezekiel Heifner and Rabbi Johanan Mirski lived here. The last known Orthodox or Conservative Jewish burial was early in the 19th century. Surrounding villages up to 15km away also used this cemetery. The cemetery occupied 0.6 hectares but it no longer exists. The cemetery was vandalized during World War II.

Tomasz Wisniewski, ul. Bema 95/99, Bialystok, Tel. 212-46 completed survey in 9/91 and visited in 1989 and 1991.

ZABLUDOW II:     US Commission No. POCE00131

Cemetery is located on in the SW part of the town, by the road to Solniki. Cemetery was established mid-19th century with last known Orthodox, Conservative, or Progressive/Reform burial in 1940. Surrounding villages (up to 15 km away) used this unlandmarked cemetery. The isolated rural flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all with no wall, fence or gate. The approximate size of the cemetery before World War II was 0.6 ha and is currently 0.4 ha. 100-500 stones are visible in the cemetery with 1-20 not in original location with less than 25% broken or toppled. The cemetery is not divided into sections. Tombstones date from 1927. The concrete stones (with concrete supports) have Hebrew inscriptions. Some have portraits on stones. There is an ohel for Rabbi Cwikac and no known mass graves. The municipality owns property used for agriculture. Properties adjacent are agricultural. The cemetery is smaller than it was in 1939, as a result of new roads or highways and agriculture. Rarely, local residents visit. The cemetery was vandalized during World War II. No maintenance. Security is a slight threat.

Tomasz Wisniewski, Bialystok, ul. Bema 95/99 tel. 212-46 completed survey Sept. 26, 1991. Documentation: "the author's elaboration." He visited the site in 1989 and 1991.

NOTE: In his 1998 book entitled Jewish Bialystok , Wisniewski notes on p. 108 that the Jewish presence in Zabludow dates from the 1520s with the kahal formed in 1566. They received the royal privilege in 1635 and founded a cemetery and synagogue. The 1897 Jewish population was 2,621 or 70%. The pre-WWII Jewish population was 2,000. According to the book, Zabludow I [see below] was totally destroyed during WWII but a fragment of Zabludow I remains in the SW part of town. Concrete tombs without inscription are found by the road. The ohel of Tazddik Iccok ben Cwi Dov Ber, born in New York and died in 1927 in Zabludow, exists. Local community proposed erecting a stone wall. Jan Leonczuk (tel. 188175) may have additional information.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2009 10:02