April 19, 2012

What happened to the Jewish Cemetery?

The citizens of Radziejow have now did a “180” and are confronting the sad history of the Jewish Cemetery.  The 2012 seminar at the public library in Radziejow revealing tombstones found, indicates a move in the proper direction. However, let us face the facts.  The tombstones are readily visible throughout the town in sidewalks, walls, and other places.  Please read the two articles I found on the net that give a history of what happened to the cemetery.  Then you be the judge.  You decide whether the citizens of Radziejow have made every effort to honor there fallen fellow citizens.Article One :

 CEMETERY: Normal Establishment of the Jewish cemetery in Radziejow probably was in the early 19th century. Located in the southern part of the city at the end of the current street Ogrodowej and Sosnowej. During WWII, the Germans ordered destruction of the cemetery. On Sunday, April 22, 1942, a few days after the deportation of remaining Jews from Radziejów, the Gestapo Beck arrived at the estate called Gory and told the workers to destroy the Jewish gravestones in the cemetery. Even today, fragments of gravestones are in the steps of houses in the village. Thieves and vandals and the local authorities destroyed whatever remained of the gravestones after the war. The district council in 1956 marked the part of the slope on which the cemetery was located for excavating gravel. This continued for several years leaving a huge excavation site. Finding this site is very difficult. A few dozen meters from the road, a path leads through pine forest and the vegetation choked edge of a ten-meter high slope. Human bones may be visible.

 Article 2 -translated from Polish by Google: (the automated system causes some sentences to be hard to understand)


During World War II on the orders of the German cemetery was vandalized. We quote here from a letter was sent in 1992 by one of the residents Radziejow the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw: “On Sunday, 22 April 1942, so a few days after the deportation of the remaining Jewish population Radziejow, Beck Gestapo came to the estate known as the Mountain, drove people to work and told them to destroy gravestones in a Jewish cemetery. So far, there are still parts of gravestones here and there, used as the entrance steps to the houses. “Stolen from the land of tombstones were used for construction work. . Launched by the Germans after the liberation, the destruction was completed by vandals and local authorities. Decision the district council in 1956, part of the slope on which the cemetery was located, was spent on gravel excavation.  For several decades hence selected soil volume of about two hundred and fifty in length, width and height of one hundred and ten meters.  Below this point, decorated in town traffic.
. Today, the Jewish cemetery in Radziejów can bring only well-oriented guide – no current map does not show the square as the resting place of former inhabitants. From the street by a few meters the path leads through a pine forest. . Somewhere along the way we cross the invisible border of the cemetery today to reach the edge of a ten meter high slope covered with bushes. . In vain at this point look for the slightest hint of infrastructure of the cemetery. When I asked my guide about the fate of the remains of those buried here, there was only an expression of embarrassment on his face. Another spoke of once lay scattered about here and there of human bones.

In early 2012, our editors received several photographs of gravestones, found throughout the city.  Currently, activities related to their respective security.

tekst: Z. Sołtysiński & K. Bielawski text: Z. Sołtysiński & K. Bielawski
zdjęcia: Z. Sołtysiński, T. Świerczyński Photo: Z. Sołtysiński, T. Swierczynski

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