The Jews of Kraków and its Surrounding Towns

The "Old" (Remuh) Cemetery of Kraków


General View of Old (Remuh) Cemetery

The Remuh Synagogue (acronym for Rabbi Moses Isserles) is located in Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter of Kraków, and was founded in 1553. The Remuh was considered to be the 'Maimonides of Polish Jewry' and was known for his universal outlook, his extensive Talmudic and secular knowledge, his manner of study, and his humility. His published works included treatises on halakhah, philosophy, kabbalah, homiletics, and science.

The adjacent Remuh Cemetery was used until 1799; it contains the graves of the Remuh and his family. Many of the tombstones remain, although they have weathered poorly with the passage of time.

About fifty tombstones images can be seen in the Kraków Album. (The photos were kindly provided by Dr. Adam Schogger)


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