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Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group



by Heidi M. Szpek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies

Central Washington University

May 2007

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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GPS: 53°29'08.14"N 22°42'58.48"E

Size: .5 acres

Number of matzevoth: 9

Bagnowka.com: Goniadz Gallery (photographed in 1987; 2002)

Directions: The cemetery is easy to locate. From Bialystok, take highway 65 northwest approximately 24 km (through Knyszyn) until you reach county highway 670. Take a right (east) on 670 and travel about 5 km to the city of Goniadz. Look for the Christian cemetery on your right (south); at left (north) will be a dirt road and clump of pine trees, before which now stands a large boulder painted with a Star of David in the Israeli colors (Images 2-3). This modest boulder marks the Jewish cemetery. Park near the boulder and walk straight ahead on a grassy path (Image 4). You’ll reach a grouping of grotto style matzevoth at the western edge (Image 1,5).



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Conditions: The cemetery rapidly overgrows with vegetation, but is otherwise free of threats. Six grotto-styles matzevoth are still in situ; three more are broken; a few bases remain (Images 6-7). Most inscriptions are legible. Boulders mark the northern and southern bases. Caution: Stinging nettles abound in this area.


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