Jewish Cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland

The Jewish cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, central Poland, was established in the 18th century. During World War II the Nazis devastated the cemetery, and the tombstones were used for construction works. In the days of 12-20 February 1941 the Jews taken away to Warsaw in the subsequent transports were sent to the death camp in Treblinka.
The devastation process of cemetery was continued also after the War. Restoration and reconstruction of the Jewish Cemetery in Grodzisk was made possible not until 1988. On February 27, 1996, the cemetery was entered in the Register of Historic Monuments.

The necropolis is located on a prolonged rectangular plot. What has survived until today are over 200 matzevot or their remnants. The tombstones date back to the turn of 19th and 20th centuries. Some of them also date back to the 1st half of the 19th century or World War II. The matzevot are made mainly of sand blocks, crowned with a half-round arch. The inscriptions are mainly in Hebrew. Typical of Jewish sepulchral art decorations representing candles and menorahs, hands putting money into donation boxes, holy books, trees, birds or lions, are carved at the crowns of the matzevot  (Lern more: Virtual Stetl, The Jewish Cemetery of Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland).

Linked to: Jewish Cemetery in Łódź

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  1. A really melancholic place, haunting with it's past and beauty. Great photography.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  2. lubię odwiedzać takie cmentarze.., taki wyjątkowy jest w Łodzi

    1. Tak, łódzki kirkut jest niesamowity, zresztą w moim blogu o nim również pisałem :-)

  3. beautiful yet sad images.

    1. Yes, the story of Jewish cemetries is very sad... Thank you for your comment

  4. Hauntingly beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  5. Beautifully captured and haunting witnesses of history!

  6. Such a sad time in the history of our world.

  7. Wow! Beautiful and sad all at the same time.

  8. I have a fascination for graveyards too. We visited a large Jewish Cemetery in Prague last year.

  9. I love the old stones. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  10. Looks like you need to know Hebrew to read these stones and I get irritated even hearing Nazi. I think it a sad thing that people are so uncaring as to desecrate cemeteries.

  11. Thank You for sharing!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  12. Looks a good one to wander round

  13. This is a good history to read.


  14. gorgeous. thanks for sharing.
    sorry i am late to commenting it's been a busy crazy kind of weekend. have a great day!! Beth ( :

  15. I have always found cemetery to have a calming influence

    PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday

  16. I always find inspiration in cemeteries. Lovely photos.

  17. Sad, tragic history....and beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing this!

  18. even in Auckland New Zealand, we have idiots defacing Jewish cemeteries.

  19. No-one deserves the indignities and atrocities perpetrated upon them.

  20. thank you for sharing this, may the memories of all who perished before, during and after the wars a programs be for blessing… may it be so for all beings.

  21. thank you for sharing about this cemetery- it's good to hear that work was done to restore it. the shapes of the tombstones are quite lovely.

  22. The photos are wonderful. Love them.


  23. An entry wich makes people think.... well done! Some parts of historie should never be forgotten although the horror is to bad to remember...

    Have a nice ABC-week and day
    ♫ Mel☺dy ♫ (abc-w-team)

  24. This breaks my heart when Jewish cemeteries were desecrated by the evil Nazi regime.
    I live in Liverpool UK, and there is a strong Jewish community, many Jewish people are
    my friends and neighbours. Some of the elder people can tell tales of the suffering they
    endured in the camps. Although many would just nod their heads in a reverent silence.
    may all those who perished rest in peace and see eternal light.
    May the perpetrators of such evil get their just punishment through The Gates of Hades,

    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  25. Beautiful old gravestones!
    Visiting from ABC Wednesday, enjoyed your contribution. Greetings from Hilde

  26. I'm glad the cemetery was restored. I'm glad, too, that its story is told and shown, to remind us we don't want the events of WWII to ever happen again.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder


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