Parysow

Cemetery in Parysow after construction
Cemetery in Parysow after construction
Cemetery in Parysow after construction
Cemetery in Parysow before construction

The village of Parysów was founded in the 16th century and was originally called Siećcza. The date of the founding of the Jewish cemetery in Parysów is not known, but burials were taking place there by the mid-19th century. In the interwar years, Jews comprised more than 50% of the town’s population. Parysów was the seat of a Chassidic dynasty, with the Jewish cemetery, which included an ohel for local tzaddiks, became a destination for religious pilgrims. Locals recall that the cemetery was fenced with wooden boards fixed to brick pillars. The cemetery was destroyed during WWII, and in the following decades, locals stole gravestones to use as building materials. Fragments can still be found today in nearby barns and outbuildings. The cemetery includes an unmarked mass grave for Jews who were awaiting deportation but were instead executed on the site by the Nazis.