Three photographs of a little-known Jewish cemetery in Lubuskie, western Poland.
This somewhat neglected Jewish cemetery is located high on a hill overlooking the small town of Skwierzyna in the west of Poland. It contains more than two hundred graves with the earliest we could identify dating back to 1747. Most headstones are made of Sandstone. Many have unfortunately suffered damage since the cemetery went out of use before the Second World War.
Although, now very much a part of Poland this location was part of Germany until 1945 and the town named Schwerin an der Warthe.
Related content: more about Skwierzyna.
Some of the 200+ headstones in the Jewish graveyard in the Province of Lubusz, western Poland.
Three photographs of an old Jewish cemetery in the small town of Skwierzyna (Schwerin an der Warthe), Lubuskie, Poland. Prior to the Second World War this part of present-day Poland was East Brandenburg, Germany, and had a sizable Jewish population, which (after they had died) were buried on a hill known as Judenberg overlooking the town and Catholic cemetery. This little-known cemetery has more than two hundred 18th and 19th century graves and head stones. Some grave stones are smashed, some piled in a heap, others are near perfect. None appear to be tended. The whole place has a very unusual atmosphere and is seldom visited by either tourists or local townspeople.
A Jewish gravestone in this fine old cemetery. In the distance is the Christian cemetery still very much in use today.
Unfortunately, many Jewish cemeteries in Poland were badly damaged or even totally destroyed by either Nazis or Poles, graves robbed, and the gravestones even used as road-building material. This, however, is one of the best-preserved and most atmospheric cemeteries we know of in Poland.
Looking up at the Jewish cemetery as dusk draws in on a winter evening. This is a very special place.
Other interesting Jewish cemeteries that we ourselves have visited are located in Banie; Sulecin; Szlichtyngowa; Trzemeszno Lubuskie; Turek; and Zielona Gora.
Related content on Polish Poland: photographs of and information on Skwierzyna.