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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°31'N 23°39'E

Size: 1 acre

Number of matzevoth: >10 (7 with inscriptions counted)

Bagnowka.com: Kuznica Gallery (photographed in 1988; 1994)

Directions: The cemetery is easy to locate. From Bialystok, take highway 19 NE for 58 km (through Sokołka) to Kuznica near the border of Belarus. Just before the border crossing into Belarus, on a hill at left is the cemetery. (If you’re in the traffic line to enter the border crossing, go back. You’ve passed the cemetery.) The cemetery is surrounded by an exquisite black wrought-iron fence, each panel of which preserves a menorah (Image 1).

Image 1

Conditions: The cemetery is located on a hillside. The western side drops off steeply to a small farm; the northern side drops off to a school (Images 2,3). The entrance faces the highway. The entire cemetery is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence with a gate, whose lock is now rusted open (Image 1). Long, concrete steps set in the grassy hill (now overgrown) lead up to a large, white blank matzevah-shaped monument (Image 4). As of May 2007 a swastika was spray painted on the back. The area is generally grassy, covered with gentle grassy mounds (Image 5). Seven matzevoth were counted, three of which are grotto-styled (Images 6-8). The greatest threats are from vegetation, natural erosion to inscriptions and some litter (and vandalism).Caution: stinging nettles are in this field, especially near the remaining matzevoth.


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