New Jewish Cemetery, Krakow

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The New Jewish Cemetery in Kraków, Poland covers an area of about 4.5ha. It is located at Street, in the historic Jewish neighborhood of Kazimierz. The Cemetery is a registered heritage monument featuring a well-preserved historical mortuary.
The New Jewish Cemetery was founded in 1800 on grounds purchased by the Jewish Qahal from the Augustinians. It was enlarged in 1836 with additional land purchased from the monks. Following the return to independence, the New Cemetery became nearly full. From 1932 on, burials were directed to a new plot bought in 1926 by the Qahal along Abrahama Street and the one at nearby Jerozolimska Street, both in the Wola Duchacka neighborhood (now part of Podgórze district). These two other cemeteries formed the site of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp during the Holocaust and no longer exist. The Jews from the Kraków Ghetto were sent there.
World War IIFollowing the Nazi invasion of Poland in World War II, the New Cemetery was closed to outsiders and the Germans sold the most valuable stonework to local masons. Other headstones, as well as slabs, were turned into construction material and used for paving the supply road to the camp, including the courtyard of commandant Amon Göth, who is known for having insisted that the Jews pay for their own executions. Meanwhile, the old bones at the cemetery were often left uncovered and scattered around in what looked like an open-pit mine. Caretaker Pina Ladner, who used to live on premises, was sent to Płaszów beforehand, and shot.
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  • Our next stop was the new Jewish cemetery. This was a badly maintained and very overgrown collection of tombs and gravestones and some memorials for the Jews of Krakow. Some were current but most...  more »
  • This expansive cemetery was established in 1800. It was the burial ground for many of Kraków's distinguished Jews in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today there are an estimated 10,000 tombstones....  more »
  • Visited after a walk around the Old Jewish Quarter. There is a huge memorial to the right of the main gates to the Jews who very sadly / tragically lost their lives during the 2nd World War. Many...  more »
  • I love cemeteries and this one is wonderful (If I can use this term). Lots of history, a calm and beautiful location. Take a wander.
  • An impressive cemetery. There is a spider's web on the road because tourists will not go. There are a lot of neglected cemetory. Unlike the Christian cemetery, it was impressive. I recommend
  • It’s very precious and important place, I think. Threr are some very new and some very old. It was very large than I guess at the entrance. I am not Jew but this place made me thoughful. May the souls rest in peace.
  • Nice old cemetery
  • All is green. All is peace.

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