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“Moving & emotional experience”

Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski)
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Private Tour: Warsaw's Jewish Heritage by Retro Fiat
Ranked #25 of 346 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.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
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“Moving & emotional experience”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

After visiting the sites Jewish Ghetto and Mila 18--both reduced to rubble in WW2--it was amazing to find this massive historic cemetery still standing. The acres of tombstones take your breath away. We were there on a sunny fall day; the shadows and falling leaves gave the cemetery a solemn beauty. We couldn't help but meditate on the generations that had called Warsaw home for centuries but whose bloodlines ended in the concentrations camps. We did not mind the entry fee; the small Jewish community left in Warsaw certainly cannot maintain the cemetery on their own.

Visited October 2013
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Karmiel, Israel
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“like a course of history”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

every tomb is a unique story, but if you are familiar with the polish jewry history, better come with a guide.

Visited July 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Moving experience but it's inappropriate to pay to visit a cemetery”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

It's probably best to come here with a guide (like we did) if you want to hear something meaningful about some of the people that are burried here.
It was quite a surprise for us when we were asked to bought tickets in order to get inside. although the price was cheap it felt wrong that they are charging visitors of a cemetery!
It's quite shocikng to look at the fence of the cemetery because it's made of remains of dirfferent headstones that was found after world war II while the Nazis used those tombstones for roads and sidewalks..

Visited August 2013
1 Thank RachelTelAviv_Israel
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

we visited this cemetary during corpus christie and it is amazing to see the candles and how much the polish believe in religion compared to the westerners..
well worth visiting during the evening..
it`s amazing how many graves are tended to for years after a death, not just ignored as most of us british do. i almost felt like i should become religious..

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Definitely worth seeing, but be prepared to pay to visit. It was a shock to us, especially since we are Jewish and visiting the graves of your ancestors is a mitzvah. My daughter was very upset by the fact that they actually sold tickets as if it were a circus or a zoo. I understand the need for funds to upkeep the place, but there are other ways to raise the funds. I would not have minded giving twice the amount if they had a donation box explaining that the funds were needed for the upkeep. As is, the place is overgrown with weeds, there are hours posted, but no guarantee that the cemetery will be open. We had to make three trips before we finally got to go in.

Visited July 2013
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