Boleslawiec Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Łódzkie Voivodeship
District
Wieluń
Settlement
Bolesławiec Chrościn-Kolonia
Site address
The cemetery is located about 250 meters from No.34 Bolesławiec-Chrościn.
GPS coordinates
51.1918646, 18.1866217
Perimeter length
268 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery area is extremely overgrown. No access to the entire area. There is also no access to the cemetery. The best way to get to the cemetery is through the farmland next to property No.34B. There are a few tombstones fallen to the ground covered with grass and soil, some fragments and a few tomstone in situ.
Number of existing gravestones
14 fragments of tombstones were located.
Date of oldest tombstone
1883
Date of newest tombstone
N/A
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Other
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

Bolesławiec (formerly a city) was founded before 1266, and its city status was downgraded in 1870. The first records of Jewish settlement in Bolesławiec date to the mid-17th century. In 1859, 314 Jews lived in the city, constituting 30% of the population. 650 Jews lived there in 1921, 504 in 1939, and 474 in 1940. During World War II, at the end of August 1941, all the Jews were deported to ghettos in the General Government. After the war, 8 survivors returned to the town. However, they were murdered by unidentified perpetrators.

The cemetery is located about 1 km south of Bolesławiec (currently in Kolonia Bolesławiec Chróścin), on the right side of the road to Byczyn, near the slope of the Prosna River valley, in the forest behind the lumber yards. The cemetery’s exact establishment date is unknown. It was established in the 19th century. It was destroyed by the Germans during World War II. In the area of cemetery (approximately 0.58 hectares), fragments of 10 tombstones have survived, the oldest of which dates to 1883. The cemetery remains completely devastated.