Stoczek Łukowski Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Lublin Voivodeship
District
Łuków
Settlement
Stoczek Łukowski
Site address
The cemetery is located in a forest, along Dwernickiego street, outside the city to the south. It is 200m south of No.60 Dwernickiego street, on the same side of the road. The perimeter is 563m.
GPS coordinates
51.950328, 21.973478
Perimeter length
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
There is no fence, no tombstones nor any signs of the existence of the cemetery. There was a lot of litter found at the site. At present the cemetery area is covered with a forest. There is no fence at the site of the cemetery. It was hard to establish the exact location without a map. The cemetery area is partially an agricultural plot with an electric fence, therefore it can be concluded that the territory is at least partially privately owned.
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
Private
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

Stoczek Łukowski was founded in 1547 under Magdeburg Law as the property of the bishops which it remained until 1805. Then, it became the property of the government. Until then, Jews were not allowed to live in Stoczek Łukowski. The first records of the beginnings of Jewish settlement in the town date to 1817. In 1846, among the 626 inhabitants of the city, 213 were Jewish. In 1939, 2,470 Jews constituted 60% of the population of Stoczek Łukowski. During World War II, the Germans vandalized the Jewish community buildings and, in 1942, Jews in the ghetto were deported to Parysów, and then to the Treblinka extermination camp.

The Jewish cemetery was likely established around the mid-19th century and is located about 1.4 km south-east of the market. It is still located outside the city limits. Its history and its historical appearance are unknown. In the interwar period, it was not fenced and was covered with a few trees. During World War II, it was partially destroyed, and after the war residents stole all the remaining tombstones. The cemetery area has been preserved entirely. It is shaped like two very elongated, adjacent rectangles with an area of 0.26 hectares. The cemetery and its surrounding area are covered with dense pine forest and shrubs. The boundaries are imperceptible and no above-ground elements of the cemetery remain aside from the ruins of concrete columns from the post-war fence. Only one fragment of a sandstone matzevah from 1910 has been found in the town.