Iłow Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Masovian Voivodeship
Site address
The cemetery is situated at the edge of the forest at the intersection of Generala Włada and Wincentego Witosa Streets.
GPS coordinates
52.3447193, 20.0365841
Perimeter length
412 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fenced.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The former Jewish cemetery of Iłow is a forest area on the northern outskirts of the village. No traces of the cemetery have been preserved except for one concrete pedestal. The area is not marked as a Jewish cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
There is one square stone base, which appears to be a tombstone pedestal.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The settlement was mentioned in 1224 as goods donated to the Cistercians of Sulejów. In 1506, it was already a noble town founded under the Chełmno law. Jews began to settle in the town in 1680. In 1750, they were granted the privilege to build a synagogue. In 1764, the community numbered 106 people, and in 1857 – 258 people, which constituted 70% of the total population. Before the war, in 1921, Jews constituted 48% (374 people) of the town’s population.

Lejb Sonder (Aleksander Sochaczewski), a painter sentenced during the January Uprising to 20 years in Siberia, was born in Iłów in 1843. The Jewish cemetery was most probably established at the end of the 18th century. It was located to the north-east of the market square and its area was approximately 1.5 ha. The necropolis was destroyed during World War II, and the tombstones were used by the Germans to pave the sidewalks. The area remains unmarked and unused until now. It is covered with thick bushes and trees.

Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery
Iłow Jewish Cemetery