Lodz

Old Jewish Cemetery

  ul. Rybna 11A     05 Aug 2019

From Zachodnia street, after admiring the Stalin-era monstrosities that were hastily built on top of the former Jewish area., head down ul. Bazarowa you’ll note an overgrown triangle of parkland, nowadays popular with winos and other scapegraces. Towards the far pointed end is a small stone set in the grass, its inscription missing (something to do with the aforementioned winos, we’d guess). This marks the spot of the ghetto gallows. From there head up ul. Rybna, passing a couple of former factories, before turning in at ul. Rybna 11A. Walk past the basketball court, and lads tipping back lager, and you’ll once more find a stone with a missing plaque. This is all that is left to denote that the area was once Łódź’s oldest Jewish cemetery. Established in 1811, and operating until 1892, the cemetery was the final resting place for over 13,000 people and covered a quite large tract of land extending between Limanowskiego, Bazarowa, Rybna and Zachodnia streets. During the Holocaust the tombs were ripped up and used for paving stones, though the bodies remained underground (dig hard and you’ll still find bones).

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