Piaseczno Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Masovian Voivodeship
Site address
7A, Juliana Tuwima Street.
GPS coordinates
52.0650307, 21.011036
Perimeter length
277 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The preserved part is fenced with an iron mesh fence (1.5-1.7m high).
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The Jewish cemetery of Piaseczno is situated in the south-western part of the town. Nowadays the western part of the cemetery is overbuilt with private residential property and the eastern part is preserved as a Jewish cemetery. As a result of all of the damage sustained during World War II and during the period after the liberation only a few tombstones have been preserved. There is an information board and a memorial.
Number of existing gravestones
22. 16 standing, 6 lying + fragments.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
1918, 1929
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The Jewish cemetery in Piaseczno is located approximately 1.4 km southwest of the city centre, on Tuwima Street. The cemetery was probably established between 1866 and 1870, around the same time as the formation of the Synagogue District in Piaseczno. Earlier, the Jews from Piaseczno were buried in Kajetany, 16 km away, near Nadarzyn. During World War II, the cemetery was used for carrying out executions. In 1943, the Germans shot about 30 Jews from Warsaw in the cemetery, as well as Warsaw insurgents in 1944. The cemetery fell into disrepair during and after World War II and a significant part of the plot was built over. Until at least the end of the 1980s, the remaining area with a few tombstones was neglected and became overgrown with dense vegetation. In an unknown year, a monument dedicated to the victims of the executions was unveiled at the cemetery.

In the 1990s, thanks to the efforts of the Foundation of Eternal Remembrance, the authorities, and young people from local schools, the undeveloped part of the cemetery (with an area of about 0.16 hectares) was cleaned up. Currently, there are about 40 tombstones in the cemetery in various conditions. There are mostly sandstone stelae and pseudo-sarcophagus tombstones. The oldest identified matzevah is dated 1889. there is a monument commemorating the victims of World War II at the entrance to the cemetery. The area is fenced with a net, and there is an open gateway. There is an information board at the entrance. There is a sign pointing the way to the cemetery on Pomorska Street. The area is taken care of by municipal cleaning services. There is no information on its ownership status. The cemetery is listed in the Register of Immovable Monuments. The list of preserved tombstones is available at https://sztetl.org.pl/pl/miejscowosci/p/593-piaseczno/115-pamiec-w-kamieniu/27412-cmentarz-zydowski-w-piasecz-ul-tuwima?page = 1.

Jewish settlement in Piaseczno began to develop in the 19th century. In 1921, 2,256 Jews lived in the town (40% of the entire population). In January 1941, the Germans deported all the Jews of Piaseczno to the Warsaw Ghetto. Most of them were later murdered in Treblinka in 1942.