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Cemeteries in Piorkow

There were two Jewish cemeteries in Piotrkow:

Commemorative stone oldest cemetery
Commemorative Stone
Old Cemetery
photo: W. Lang
The Old Cemetery was founded in 1679. It was located at today's Wojska Polskiego Street. The last burial took place in 1792. The cemetery was closed because the authorities decided to build a new road (Wojska Polskiego Str.) and a hospital on the "unused" ground of it. Today there is no sign of this cemetery - it is a park behind the synagogues. It is commemorated by a plaque founded in 1997 by the descendents and survivors from Piotrkow.

old cemetery entrance
Cemetery Entrance
Photo by W. Lang
The New Cemetery was created between 1791 and 1792. It is located at 93 Spacerowa street. It's acreage is thirteen hectares (32.11 acres) with about 3,000 matzevot (tombstones). The oldest tombstone dates back to 1794. There is an ohel (a structure built around a Jewish grave as a sign of prominence of the deceased) of the famous tzaddik Chaim David Bernhard (1758-1858) that was reconstructed after World War II. Located at the site of the mass graves of the Holocaust victims is a monument commemorating victims of the Piotrkow ghetto.

This cemetery is surrounded by a brick wall with two gates. To get to the cemetery you need to take bus line "0" and get out on the "Spacerowa-Partyzantów" or "Spacerowa-Rolnicza" bus-stops. You can also walk there. It's about 1.5 km fom the Rynek Trybunalski - marked with a "B" on the map - (Market Sq.). It should take you abour twenty minutes.

Here is a map of Piotrkow with exact location of the cemetery ("Cmentarz zydowski") - marked with an "A" on the map:

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Created: 1 January 2014

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