Gorlice Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Lesser Poland Voivodeship
District
Gorlice
Settlement
Gorlice
Site address
The main gate is on 68, Stróżowska Street. A second gate at the site leads straight to the ohel and is located next to the house at 82, Stróżowska Street. Passing the house and next to the hedge there is a carabiner-locked gate. Follow the path leading from the gate along the house fences. At the end, there is an open gate to the cemetery. The gate at the ohel is open all the time.
GPS coordinates
49.66255, 21.14807
Perimeter length
480 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The site has a metal fence about 1.7 meters in height.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is neglected and very overgrown in the south-eastern part. In front of the gate from Stróżowska Street there is a newly built lapidarium in the shape of a Star of David. A second, smaller lapidarium with fragments of matzevot is located behind the gate at Stróżowska Street, inside the cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
About 250. Few full matzevot have survived. Most remaining at the cemetery site are fragments.
Date of oldest tombstone
1901
Date of newest tombstone
1945
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Other
Preserved construction on site
There is an ohel in the cemetery containing stone markers to the following Baruch Halberstam - fifth son of Chaim Halberstam, founder of the Hasidic dynasty in Nowy Sącz, head of the rabbinical court in Rudnik and Gorlice, died on 1 Adar 5666 (February 26, 1906); Zvi Hirssh son of Baruch Halberstam – rabbi, head of the rabbinical court in Rudnik, died on 15 Tammuz, 5678 (July 24, 1918), Pinchas son of Yehoshua Eleazar - descendant of Pinchas from Korets and tzadik from Kosov, dayan, died on 25 Shvat, 5661 (February 14, 1901).
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

Jewish families began to settle in Gorlice in the 17th and 18th centuries. At the turn of the 18th century, there was an established independent kehilla with a synagogue and cemetery. The Jewish population in Gorlice rapidly increased in the second half of the 19th century.

The Jewish cemetery in Gorlice is located about 800 metres northwest of the market square, on Stróżowska Street. The cemetery covers an irregularly shaped plot of land of 13,113 square metres and is located on a steep hillside. In the interwar period the cemetery was fenced with a brick wall. There were at least a few hundred tombstones in the cemetery as well as an ohel for the great rabbis. During World War II, people who were killed by the Germans in various parts of Gorlice were buried in the cemetery. The Germans used the cemetery to carry out executions and many Jews, Poles, and Roma were killed there. After liberation, members of the Poviat Jewish Committee in Gorlice cleaned and secured the cemetery and renovated some of the recovered tombstones. They moreover exhumed the bodies of Jews who were killed in the Gorlice region and reburied them in a mass grave in the cemetery. Monuments dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims were erected in the cemetery.

In the mid-1990’s, the cemetery was cleaned and fenced with a steel fence. From the side of Stróżowska Street, a small lapidary was built using a few dozen matzevot. On October 25, 1995, a handover ceremony of the restored cemetery took place. According to some estimates, there are currently several hundred tombstones in various conditions in the cemetery. Only a few are undamaged and mark the original burial place. The ohel, which was restored in 2014–2015, contains the tombs of Rabbi Baruch Halberstam (the Gorlitzer Rebbe), his son Rabbi Cwi Hirsz, and Dayan Pinchas, a member of the rabbinical court (beit din) and a descendant of the great rabbis from Korzec and Kosów. The cemetery is owned by the Jewish Community in Krakow.

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