Osjakow Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Łódzkie Voivodeship
District
Wieluń
Settlement
Osjaków
Site address
The cemetery is located on Sieradzka Street. It is about 200m from the end of the town.
GPS coordinates
51.2992546, 18.7939489
Perimeter length
444 meters
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 area of the cemetery is completely overgrown and covered with forest. No historical traces of the cemetery have survived.
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
Other
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

Osjaków was founded before 1494. The first records of Jewish settlement in the town date to the 18th century. The Jewish community existed at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1921, 759 Jews lived in the town, constituting 49.2% of the total population. In 1942, the Jews from Osjaków were deported to Wieluń, then to the Łódź Ghetto, and then to the extermination camp in Chełmno nad Nerem.

The cemetery is located on the left side of Sieradzka Street, about 1 km away from the town centre, in the direction of Sieradz. The cemetery’s exact establishment date is unknown, though it was likely founded in the 18th century. The last known burial took place in 1942. During World War II, the cemetery was destroyed by the Germans. Currently, the cemetery is located on a private recreational plot covered with trees. No matzevot have survived. The cemetery covers an area of approximately 0.5 hectares, and it is listed in the Municipal Register of Monuments.