Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski)

Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski), Warsaw

Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski)

Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski)
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Established in 1799-1806, this scenic and nostalgic cemetery features marble and sandstone tombstones called masebas, which reveal delicately carved symbols and ornaments, and the symbolic grave of the famous writer and teacher Janusz Korczak (1878-1942) who died in the gas chambers of Aushwitz.
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Jenny L
Worcestershire, UK11 contributions
Reduced Opening Hours
Oct 2020 • Couples
We went to visit the Jewish Cemetery but on arrival found a sign at the entrance saying due to COVID-19 it is currently only open on Sunday's. A real shame as we were looking forward to visiting.
Written October 19, 2020
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Danziger Snuffkin
Berlin, Germany133 contributions
No. 1 cemetery to visit in Warsaw
Sep 2020 • Couples
This necropolis is the second largest Jewish cemetery in Poland, and one of the largest in Europe. Founded at the beginning of the 19th century (graves from that period can still be seen), it remains open for burials to this day. Because of that, certain sections of the cemetery are well-groomed, while others are basically abandoned. I recommend straying from the beaten path and take 1-2 hours to explore the less well-maintained sections - the graveyard is large enough that soon there will be no one around you, and you will find yourself lost among collapsing gravestones and encroaching forest. The eerie feeling of solitude and omnipresent history has no parallel. I will certainly recommend an excursion there, regardless of the weather.
Written September 4, 2020
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guy z
Israel61 contributions
A touching and interesting visit
Nov 2019
Beyond touching on the Jewish hardship of the Jews.
If only for a visit to the memorial sculpture of Janusz Korczak and his students the visit is a must.
A figure I learned in the place itself. Thousands of tombstones taken by the Nazis for construction and use as sidewalks and other building materials. Seated in the cemetery and walled by Jewish fighters in the Russian Red Army who noticed a phenomenon when the Red Army entered Warsaw.
These Jewish fighters found the time and the need to save from the dignity of their people.
Written November 19, 2019
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Avidan G
28 contributions
Very solemn
Oct 2019
A must when in Warsaw. Memorials to the Holocaust all around the cemetery. The cemetery is under reconstruction which is nice to see, as the Germans ruined it during the war.
Written November 16, 2019
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Eva Z-M
6 contributions
enlightening glimpse into the past
Nov 2019
The Jewish paupers cemetery on the south bank of the Vistula has suffered a lot of abuse over the few senturies since its establishment; it is far less known than its Warsaw counterpart; it has been recently saved from total ruin by the Nissenbaum Foundation which created the Exhibiton Hall that gives a very short but poignant history of burial rituals stil performed in modern times
Written November 15, 2019
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H P
Warsaw, Poland26 contributions
An eerie place but worth visiting this important part of history
Jul 2019
Just walking through here could send shivers down your spine; and not in a horror type of way. Just an uneasy feeling knowing the history. It just stretches beyond what your eyes can see.
Written September 9, 2019
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Psamob
Columbus, OH251 contributions
Somber reminder of Polish Jewish History
Aug 2019
This site is not for everyone, but is important for those interested in Polish Jewish history. It is best visited with a guide. We utilized a great Warsaw guide, Hubert Pawlik who showed us and explained to us the important features of both Jewish cemeteries in Warsaw. This is the older cemetery. The gravestones are in disarray. Many are crumbled. The Nazis used the crumbled stones to pave the streets. Many have been returned to this cemetery and there is reconstruction work being done here. Again, not a site for everyone---but very important in Polish Jewish history and very touching.
Written August 31, 2019
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Tirza
Los Angeles, CA40 contributions
Very Moving experience
Aug 2019
The cemetery in Warsaw still stands with its stones reminding us of a thriving Jewish community that existed in Warsaw for many generations. It is hard to believe it was all but gone.
Written August 27, 2019
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Lisa W
Pomona, NY44 contributions
Important history
Jul 2019
Many famous (and infamous!) souls are buried in this massive, expansive location. Need guidance to truly understand the breadth and scope of this cemetary.
Written August 7, 2019
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shimon53
Jerusalem122 contributions
Important chapter of Polish history
Jul 2019 • Couples
Worthwhile to devote at least one hour to this important yet haunting look into a community that was destroyed. Gives insight into what was once the greatness of Polish Jewry, and the extent of the tragedy and loss to both Poland and the Jewish people.
Written July 26, 2019
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