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The Old Jewish Cemetery in Lesko; a Poem (& photos)

Jewish heritage sites have long inspired artists and writers, and we occasionally like to highlight examples. Our new Have Your Say is a poem about the Old Jewish Cemetery in Lesko, Poland — one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to the middle of the 16th century — which we present with a photo essay showing some of the 2,000 or so gravestones that remain.  The poem, from 1954, is “Old Jewish Cemetery at Lesko,”  by the Polish poet Tadeusz Różewicz: we present the English translation by Joanna Trzeciak Huss.

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