After visiting Remah Cemetery, I headed over to theNew Jewish Cemetery which was only a couple blocks away. Unfortunately, when I got there it was clear that some kind of reconstruction work was going on and the gates were locked. I couldn’t read the sign on the door, but I’m assuming it had more information about that. So instead all I could do was peer though the iron bars of the fence that surrounded the cemetery and take whatever photos I could that way. It’s not much, but it’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
The New Jewish Cemetery was built in 1800 when the Old Jewish Cemetery closed. It was expanded over the years and two smaller cemeteries were built nearby, and they eventually ordered what became the Plaszow Concentration Camp, although they no longer exist. The stones here too were repurposed by the Nazis to pave the road to the camp, as well as the courtyard of Amon Goth, the commandant of the camp. After the war a camp survivor known as Mr. Stendig recovered many of the stones from the camp and returned them to the cemetery. The cemetery and the 1903 Mortuary Hall are now listed as historical monuments. It would have nice to explore this cemetery, but looking in at the grounds from the outside I think it would have been difficult too, as they looked overgrown and uneven. In any event, I hope to return and see it properly someday.
Monuments: Most are of the standard I found in other Jewish cemeteries on this trip. However, as I could not enter the cemetery it was difficult to make out any of the specific decorative elements one would normally find.
Grounds: Overgrown, covered in leaf litter and many fallen branches. To be fair, the branches were laid in piles so there is some maintenance being done, but I imagine it was just the time of year (after winter, before spring really sets in) so not much had been done up to that point.
Visitors: None, clearly it was closed.
Notes: Pictures of this cemetery show a much nicer, maintained property. Hopefully if I go in another season I’ll see it that way.
Site: New Jewish Cemetery
Notable Internments: Numerous rabbis, mystics, tzadiks, and other prominent Jews from Krakow.
Location: Miodowa 55, 33-332 Kraków
Hours: In theory, from 09:00-16:00 daily