Przemyśl Jewish Cemeteries

Originally, there were two Jewish cemeteries in Przemyśl — the "old" one, and the "new" one. The old cemetery has been totally destroyed. It was located on Szaszkiewicza Street, which no longer exists on maps of Przemyśl. The best that we can describe, the cemetery location is just west of Slowackiego Street, off of Rakoczego. The new cemetery still exists. It, too, is located on Slowackiego Street.

See International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Jewish Cemetery Project for more information about the "old" and the "new" Jewish cemeteries.

Suzan Wynne visited Przemyśl in the spring of 1986, and here are Suzan's reflections about the "new" cemetery:

The cemetery was within a locked gate, but there was an opening in the fence large enough for me to crawl through. The front part, near the gate, was mowed and there were post-war graves in that area. There was evidence of parties (bottles, a burned area where there had been bonfires, and garbage) in that area. The main section of the cemetery is in a heavily wooded area that was so dark that I couldn't see the names on the stones. There were nettles, and I was very discouraged when I contemplated what it would take to clean it up — tall trees, underbrush, and so on. There were stones, however. Some had half sunk into the ground.

According to Survey of Historic Jewish Monuments in Poland by Samuel Gruber and Phyllis Myers, revised second edition 1995, there are over 500 stones still visible at the "new" cemetery.

Recently, due to the efforts of Dr. John Hartman and the organization which he has founded, Remembrance and Reconcilation, restoration efforts have started at the "new" cemetery.

Click here for photos of Przemyśl cemeteries.


For questions about researching your family from Przemyśl, Poland contact Sheila Werter Schneider.

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