Biskupice New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Lublin Voivodeship
District
Świdnik
Settlement
Biskupice
Site address
20 Miła Street. The path leading to the cemetery is between No.18 & 20 on Miła Street.
GPS coordinates
51.1526, 22.93966
Perimeter length
359 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
There is no fence, however some tombstones and the historical boundaries of the cemetery have been preserved. The cemetery consists of two parts that used to be two separate Jewish cemeteries – an old and a new. Since the 1930s, both cemeteries shared a fence and were treated as one cemetery with the old and new parts. The old Jewish cemetery is situated on a hill (the hill is not natural, it was built for the needs of the cemetery) and is covered with tall grass. The new cemetery is situated on a flat area adjacent to the old cemetery and is covered with tall grass and young trees. Both cemeteries are separated by a ditch that used to be part of the moat surrounding the old cemetery. There is some rubbish in the cemetery and there are many badger and fox burrows in the area. The cemetery area was surrounded by a ditch filled with water, reminiscent of a moat. The moat was fed from the nearby Giełczew river. In the 1930s, the old and new cemeteries were surrounded by a common wall, the remains of which, in the form of an earthen rampart, are located a few meters in front of the cemetery hill.
Number of existing gravestones
There are 3 gravestones in the new cemetery and 17 in the old cemetery. In the old cemetery there are 17 matzevot, 13 of which have been preserved in a fragmentary state due to damage or from falling into the ground. From the witness account it is known that around 50 matzevot survived in the cemetery area after the war. Over the years they fell into disrepair and many have fallen and are now overgrown with tall grass. The witness confirms that there used to be an ohel in the cemetery, which collapsed and was reclaimed by nature. In the new cemetery, there is one standing matzevah which has been preserved in the corner adjacent to the old cemetery. Next to it, hidden in the grass, lies another. More or less in the centre of the new part of the cemetery there is a tombstone covered with grass, which, according to a witness, was installed long after the war (he estimates it was the 1960s).
Date of oldest tombstone
N/A
Date of newest tombstone
N/A
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
State
Preserved construction on site
According to a witness, there used to be an ohel, however it is no longer visible.
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview