Sokolow Malopolski New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Sokołów Małopolski
Site address
The cemetery starts at the crossroads of Tysiąclecia and Okulickiego streets and covers the eastern side of Okulickiego Street, opposite to residental houses No.1-5.
GPS coordinates
50.23375, 22.12474
Perimeter length
432 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is an iron fence, 2m high, installed by FODZ. A concrete wall covers the north-eastern part of the cemetery.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is located in an urban area. The majority is fenced and protected. The southern end of the cemetery has been overbuilt with a gas station. The territory is covered with wild grass and trees.
Number of existing gravestones
300. The majority of the tombstones date from the 1920-1930s.
Date of oldest tombstone
1882 (by, 1894 (found by ESJF)
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The Jewish community purchased the land for the new cemetery in 1776, with the first burials likely starting in the mid-19th century. It was established approximately 500m to the north-east of the market square, on flat ground, among fields. Phases of the possible enlargement process are unknown. The cemetery obtained its final area of 0.55 hectares and was shaped as adjoining rectangles. In the interwar period, it was surrounded by a wooden fence, and there were no buildings nor trees. Some tombstones were taken away during World War II. Executions and burials in unmarked mass graves took place at the cemetery. After 1960, a petrol station was built on a small southern part of the area. Around 1970, the area was planted with trees and fenced with a wire mesh. Fragments of tombstones found in the city were returned to the cemetery. There are over 350 tombstones, with many of them placed in their original location. The graves are arranged in regular rows along the east-west axis. Two separate quarters are visible: one for women (including maidens), and one for men (cohanim, Levites, lads and prominent members of the community). The oldest readable tombstone is from 1882, the newest one from 1939. There are traditional stelae and one obelisk. They are mainly made of sandstone with several 20th-century ones being made from concrete.