Burzenin Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Łódzkie Voivodeship
District
Sieradz
Settlement
Witów
Site address
Opposite No.32 Leśna Street, Witów.
GPS coordinates
51.47381, 18.82496
Perimeter length
432 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
The cemetery area is covered with forest. No historical traces of the cemetery have survived. There is a board informing about the existence of the cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved.
Date of oldest tombstone
N/A
Date of newest tombstone
N/A
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The Jewish cemetery in Burzenin is located to the left of the road from Witowo to Kopanina, within the village of Sambórz, and has an acreage of 0.5 hectares. The cemetery was founded in the 18th century although the exact date is unknown. Until 1812 the cemetery in Burzenin was also the burial site for Jews from Sieradz, as they did not have their own cemetery. The cemetery was destroyed during World War II. Today there are no remaining tombstones, and the area is wooded. There is a small plaque marking the site of the cemetery.

Previously a city, Burzenin was founded before 1378 and its status was downgraded in 1870. The first recoded mentions of Jews in the town dates to 1764. In 1827 the town had 130 Jewish residents (25% of the total population), and 383 in 1859 (49.5%). In 1921 the Jewish community in Burzenin had 228 residents (19.9%). Autonomous kehilla (organized Jewish community) buildings were only established in the 19th century. Earlier the kehilla was part of the Jewish community in Sieradz county. In September 1939, the town was occupied by German forces. Jews were transported to ghettos in Zduńska Wola and Pabianice, and later to the death camp in Chełmno.