Katowice Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Żydowski)

Established in 1868, Katowice's Jewish Cemetery is one of the city's oldest burial grounds and contains almost 1,500 graves. Largely destroyed by the Germans and their henchmen during WWII, today a Holocaust memorial inside remembers those who lost their lives to Nazi genocide. Like many Jewish cemeteries in PL today, Katowice's in a state of utter disrepair. Though purportedly still in use, rumours that the site is undergoing renovation works will appear completely baseless to anyone who visits and sees the crumbling walls and strands of barbed wire surrounding the site, beyond which graves are barely visible beneath the overgrowth of weeds, vines and tall grass. If you head there in the morning hours the gatekeeper might be there to open up for you and you can have a look for yourself. However, we must warn you that the cemetery offers little more than an occasion for some depressing thoughts and grim photos if you have a camera with a good zoom lens.

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