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Why I Am Writing a Field Guide to Jewish Cemeteries – for Poles

12 comments on “Why I Am Writing a Field Guide to Jewish Cemeteries – for Poles

  1. This is a valuable project! I think it would be worthwhile to have a version of the book in English. Many visitors from outside Poland will be eager to obtain any such information too. I have relatives with graves in the Warsaw cemetery. Years ago I got a couple of picture books on Jewish ceremonies in Poland. It was very moving to see the images of the stones. There are some books that discuss the meaning of symbols in Jewish headstones. More recently the databases on Jewish cemeteries in Poland have been invaluable in allowing genealogists to get information on relatives not available before. While many graves. Have been photographed and translated, there are many that still need to be documented. It would be incredible to have all of this kind of information available in one place! I hope that dream can happen one day!

  2. Hi Witold,
    I just stumbled upon this page while doing research for a PowerPoint to be presented to American Jewish Genealogical Societies. The aim is to inform, generate interest, and encourage membership in the descendant’s group:
    FJCP-The Friends of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland.

    Is your guide still only available in Polish? Regardless, where can I get a copy? Thanks.
    Stay Safe!
    Myrna Teck

  3. Dear Witold, the work you are doing is priceless, as we say in Hebrew AVODAT KODESH. I am so sorry I didn’t get to meet you, but the help you gave me remotely was so awesome. Your clues were so clear, and though it wasn’t easy, I managed to find the two graves I was looking for in the Warsaw cemetery. I can’t thank you enough.
    Keep up the good work, best wishes, Sari Singer

  4. Witold,

    It was our great pleasure (Dee Seligman, San Francisco and Myrna Teck, Silver Spring, MD) to have you as our guide. We were fortunate indeed to benefit from your great knowledge and experience. We hope to bring the Goniandz Jewish cemetery back to life!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful worthwhile project. I have family who I believe lived in Budka and Kami ets Litovsk. Morris Garber married to Leah Marcus. Other Garber relatives. They may have lived in both places? How might I find out information??

    Thank you for doing this!

  6. My grandfather from Yaslo is buried in a cemetery outside the town about half an hour away. Are there details about this cemetery?

  7. In 2012 I visited my mother’s town of Debrzno in north-west Poland. I hope that your book reaches the hearts and minds of Debrzno citizens in order to maintain the preservation of the 21 remaining matzevah. Good luck, Witold.

  8. My wife’s family came from Tarnow. While some escaped the Nazi deportation of Jews in 1942 to Auschwitz, most did not. Her Great Grandparents & extended family are buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Tarow, one of the largest & oldest in Poland.

    There is a huge effort taking place now to repair the Cemetery, making it more accessible, to clean it up & to honour those who are buried there. I invite all persons with family from Tarnow & the surrounding area to contact Adam Bartosz of the “Committee for Protection of Monuments Tarnow” for more details and/or to donate time and/or monies to these efforts.

    I also invite all interested parties to contact me, Gerald Vineberg, at “” as I am assisting in this effort as well.

    In Peace: Never again!

    Gerald Vineberg

  9. Great work – and sometimes, I assume, also a challenge. I have visited the Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw/ Brodno and was seriously overwhelmed as there is litter, broken stones, and everywhere stones are shattered. It was a truly sad sight after having visited the Cemetery in the city itself. Keep your spirits up ! Good luck.

  10. Keep up the good work my Great Grandfather Moishe Yitzhak Gebel (Gdanski) &my Great Grandmother Dwejra Siegel Gebel(Gdanski) were buried in Bialystok. Gdanski was the surnamed used after the pogroms in 1904.


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