New Jewish Cemetery in Krakow

 

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It is today the only active Jewish cemetery in Krakow. It was built right after the Remuh cemetery was closed in 1800. It was located outside the walls of Kazimierz and the ghetto. Cemetery was heavily destroyed during the World War 2 when Nazis used tombstones to pave the roads in nearby Plaszow concentration camp.


Works on tidying up started here in 1957, renovation program in 2000. However it still seems overgrown and neglected comparing to active Catholic cemeteries. Recent graves are situated to the right of the entrance. Just inside the cemetery gates stands the monument commemorating Jewish families and individuals murdered by Germans during the World War 2. Monuments to prominent members of Jewish community like rabbis, politicians, artists and scientists can be also found here. Visitors are expected to cover their heads. Small paper hats can be hired from the porter if you have no head-covering.



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