Warsaw’s Powazki and Jewish Cemeteries are large and well-known, but there are several other, smaller cemeteries right next door to them as well. One of them is the Lutheran Evangelical-Augsburg Cemetery, established just two years after Powazki. Over 100,000 burials have taken place here, but intense fighting has occurred in this cemetery over the years, the worst being during WWII, especially during the Warsaw Uprising, when many of the monuments were destroyed. Today however, there are still some older monuments mixed in with the newer ones.
Like in many other places I’ve visited in Poland, the neo-classical tomb and/or pyramid seems to have been popular here as well. There were a few notable unique statues scattered throughout the grounds, and the older tombs had plenty of interesting symbols.
One of the more interesting monuments was that of a cracked shield (see below) with two figures emerging from it. I was also somewhat fascinated by a statue cut almost completely in half – a result of the war perhaps?
There were quite a variety of crosses here as well, many iron ones, as seen in other cemeteries, and lots of quickly created ones, made from acorns or chestnuts found on the ground. I’ve noticed many “nutty” artworks throughout many of the cemeteries I’ve visited so far on this trip.
The back wall of this cemetery had a lot of removed headstones – some set up in rows, others against the wall. Were these ones that were removed somehow during the fighting?
Monuments: A few interesting ones, damaged ones, and many in between.
Grounds: Flat, well-maintained, and easy to get around.
Visitors: Mostly family members come to clean and visit the graves.
Site: The Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery of the Augsburg Confession in Warsaw (Cmentarz ewangelicko-augsburski w Warszawie)
Notable Internments: Juliusz Bursche, a vocal opponent to the Nazis who died at Sachsenhausen; Karol Ernest Wedel, the founder of Wedel chocolates, Wiesław Wernic, writer
Location: Młynarska 54/56/58, 01-171 Warsaw. It’s in the same vicinity as Powazki and the Jewish Cemetery.
Hours: possibly from 07:00 to 17:00
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