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Tourist Information Centre in Oświęcim
Tourist Information Centre in Oświęcim

Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery
Wysokie Brzegi 1 str.

Oświęcim's first Jewish cemetery was founded circa 1588, but its location is unknown. Today, the only surviving cemetery is situated at the corner of Dąbrowskiego street and Wysokie Brzegi street. It was established at the turn of the 19th century. The cemetery was originally square, but the area that remains today is trapezoidal. During World War II, the cemetery was devastated by the Germans and part of its grounds were covered by Dąbrowskiego Str. In 1941, the cemetery was closed just after the Jews were deported from Oświęcim. In the first decade after the war, the Jews who returned to Oświęcim took care of the cemetery and in the following years, the wall surrounding the graveyard was repaired. In the 1980s, the cemetery was renovated thanks to the support of Asher Scharf of New York. Sections of tombstones were arranged into memorials. At the same time, the Scharf family's ohel (in Hebrew, a small building built over a distinguished grave) was reconstructed. The other ohel in the cemetery covers the grave of Szymon Kluger, the last Jew who lived in Oświęcim. Almost 1000 tombstones have been preserved in Oświęcim's Jewish cemetery.
The cemetery is under the care of the Jewish Museum, which allows for visiting.
The guidebook to the Jewish cemetery of Oświęcim. "The Jewish Cemetery in Oświęcim. History, symbols, nature".

Tombstones - Matzevot | Photo: CIT Oświęcim
Tombstones - MatzevotPhoto: CIT Oświęcim

Gate of the historic cemetery | Photo: CIT Oświęcim
Gate of the historic cemeteryPhoto: CIT Oświęcim

  • @http://mosir.oswiecim.pl
  • @http://oswiecim.pl
  • @http://www.muzeum-zamek.pl/
  • @http://ajcf.pl/
  • @http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/
  • @http://ock.org.pl
  • @http://mbp-oswiecim.pl/