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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.Add New Jewish Cemetery to your Krakow travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Krakow trip itinerary planner.
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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This cemetery includes fragments of headstones, family graves, and a Memorial to Holocaust victims. It is larger than you would think, but pathways lead you throughout. Many plants make it serene...
This cemetery includes fragments of headstones, family graves, and a Memorial to Holocaust victims. It is larger than you would think, but pathways lead you throughout. Many plants make it serene... more »
This is a newer (although certainly not new) Jewish cemetery dating back to the early 19th century. It contains much history and is worth a visit.
This is a newer (although certainly not new) Jewish cemetery dating back to the early 19th century. It contains much history and is worth a visit. more »
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.
Place where you can think off the fast flying time in high competitive society. Here you feel the eternity of the death as a whole.
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