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Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski)
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Private Tour: Warsaw's Jewish Heritage by Retro...
Ranked #16 of 394 things to do in Warsaw
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Very interesting. Nothing I have seen like it in the States. Gigantic monuments. Very old stones. Somehow the Nazis left it intact.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Worth a visit.
Scattered throughout the cemetery, one can find a few of the individual graves buried early in the war as well as newer tombstones that have been left by relatives of those murdered in the Holocaust.
Even without the vandalism, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair. Though the cemetery is still in use, the last 50 years of overgrowth is covering and destroying the graves. In a city that was once the home of over 300,000 Jews, there are very few who remain.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Our daughter lives and works in Warsaw, and this is one of the first places to which she takes her visitors. She has many pictures of the cemetery just before All Saints' Day, an important day to the Polish people. Yes, November 1 is a Christian event and this is a Jewish cemetery. But the Poles remember all their dead on this national holiday. Her 8th graders take a field trip each year to honor this small reminder of a population of people now largely missing from Warsaw; hence the reason the cemetery is in so much disrepair, we were told. We went on a June afternoon, so the area was leafy and green. I would love to see it at other times of the year. The disrepair and brokenness actually contributes to the profound reality of despair in Warsaw during WWII. The entrance to the cemetery is from a busy street, simply a door and a sign along a long concrete wall, and is VERY easy to miss. I would like to return again to wander among the graves and toppled stones. Next time I would not have a schedule, and I would bring along something to sit on and older clothes soaked in bug spray to wander the brambles. This is truly sacred space.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Worth seeing especially during the fall, when the leaves turn golden and begin to cover the old graves. Take something to cover your head (judaism rules). You can donate to help maintain the cemetary. There are graves of some famous people, the creator of Esperanto language for instance.

2  Thank KrisKaren
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

This must be the most beautiful and serene place I ever been to in my life!
I know this might sound a bit strange and maybe morbid but if you go there you will understand exactly what I mean.

I went here on a sunny day and it was beautiful in the shade of the trees and it was quiet because there wasn't many visitors that day.
I spent several hours here and even tho the place is in decay and has been vandalized it's and amazing place.

When you entering the cemetery you will see a short wall made of pieces of black, white and gray tombstones.
You will also find tombs. They were usually for important people like rabbis.
I learned that when the cemetery was part of the Warsaw ghetto, Jewish smugglers would use these tombs as places to hide from the Nazis.

I wish to go back here one day, I bet it's beautiful during winter.

1  Thank Rascal K
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