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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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GPS: 52°27'N 22°53'E
Size: >3 acres (urban cemetery)
Number of matzevoth:monument; >20 tombstones set in concrete floor, one free standing with fragments set beside concrete floor.
Bagnowka.com:Siemiatycze Gallery (1987-1992; 2004-2005)
Directions: The cemetery is relatively easy to locate as it is within the city of Siemiatycze, passing through the now industrial area. From the town square (Rynek) take the east road that leads toward Nurzec and Grabarka. When the road divides shortly, stay left where a fork in the road will immediately be in view. Keep to the right and take a sharp left. The cemetery brick gate will be on your right (Image 1), with a wooden barn structure on your left as you curve into the turn. The cemetery is on the eastern side of the Rynek, whereas the Synagogue and House of Study are on the western side. Additionally, there is a map on the Rynek of the town with cemetery, museums, etc. delineated. The local population is also helpful in providing directions.
Conditions: What remains of the Jewish Cemetery in Siemiatycze is a fine brick wall with wrought-iron gates (Image 1). Adjoining this gate is a low concrete wall that delineates the front boundary of the cemetery. A wire fence marks the other three sides, but is sporadically broken in a number of places. The back boundary has an inexpensive chain link fence with one broken area. A number of well-worn paths are evident throughout the cemetery, with some litter at the back of the cemetery grounds.
Immediately on entering the gates, the visitor will find a memorial surrounded by a short wrought-iron fence with gate (Image 2). Within this fence are found the remaining 15 matzevoth set into a concrete base (Image 3). Recently one matzevah and a dozen-plus fragments have been placed beside this concrete floor, having presumably been collected from structures within the city (see images at Bagnowka.com gallery and Images 4-6). Excluding the memorial area, the cemetery is covered in vegetation (Image 7). The only threat appears to be occasional litter.
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