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The New Jewish Cemetery

The New Jewish Cemetery
Address: ul. Walecznych
Place: Lublin
Post code: 20-400

The cemetery is located in Walecznych Street, near Unicka Street. It was founded in 1829. During World War I, a Jewish war cemetery was set up here. During World War II, the Germans devastated the cemetery of which only an empty square, a part of the wall and two destroyed ohels remained. They used the matzevot to harden the so-called Black Road in the Majdanek concentration camp. After the war, the city authorities issued a permit to build a road through the center of the cemetery. In this way, the area was divided into two squares of 3.5 ha each. At the end of the 1980s, the cemetery was taken under care by the Sara and Manfred Frenkel Foundation. In 1989, the cemetery was entered into the register of monuments.

The cemetery was surrounded by a wall in the shape of a row of symbolically damaged matzevot. At the entrance there is a building that is a monument-mausoleum with a small synagogue in which the Memorial Chamber of the Lublin Jews is located. Nowadays, the Jewish cemetery is used as a burial place by a small Jewish community. There, you can also find: the obelisk commemorating the extermination of Jews, the graves of soldiers of Jewish origin serving in the Polish army in the years 1944-1945, and an empty ohel after the gravestone of Rabbi Maier Szapiro, the founder of the Yeshiva in Lublin. In the cemetery there is the Memorial Chamber with a small synagogue, where prayers are held several times a year during the arrivals of Jewish groups from Israel and the USA.

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