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GRODNO GUBERNIYA POLAND IMAGING PROJECT
SURVEY OF JEWISH CEMETERIES
by Heidi M. Szpek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
Central Washington University
Partial funding provided by: The Department of Philosophy & The Office of International Studies and Programs Grant Committee,
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 98926, USA
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Size: c.3 acres (urban cemetery, thick vegetation, small trees, surrounded by white brick wall,
locked wrought-iron gate)
Number of matzevoth:>100 (most in situ; some matzevoth broken; Memorial)
Bagnowka.com:Dabrowa Białostocka Gallery (photographed in 1988, 2006)
Directions: The Jewish cemetery is located on a hill at the western edge of the city. Though surrounded by a white brick wall, the cemetery is set back from the street, thus less visible. It is reached from Bialystok by taking Highway 19 NE about 42 km to Sokolka, then turning left onto Route 673 heading 29 km NW to Dabrowa Bialostocka. Head through town, traveling west on Ul. Jana Pawel. As the street heads up a slight hill, just before curving right, you’ll see at RIGHT (a bit off the street) a type of storage bunker (Image 2) and a small older restaurant at left. The white brick western wall of the cemetery can be seen behind the bunker (Image 2). The locked front gate is on the opposite side, reached by a side street, but evidence suggests that visitors lacking a key use a makeshift brick step to crawl over the wall (Image 3)
Conditions: The cemetery covers approximately 3 acres of dense varied vegetation (Image 1,5) and is completely surrounded by a white brick wall (Image 4) with locking wrought-iron gates on the east side (Image 3). The wall is well-built. Information on where to obtain the key is available at the gate, though evidence of entry over the fence is suggested (Image 3) by bricks placed as steps to enter over the wall. Immediately within the entrance is a memorial (see
Bagnowka gallery images). Approximately 100 matzevoth remain in situ, some with supports, some boulder-style and some grotto style (Images 6-8). A few generic graffiti marks are on the outside wall; within there is a little litter. The greatest danger appears to be the heavy vegetation (already dense in mid-May), bugs for the visitor and erosion to the inscription from the elements.
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