Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Poland
Region
Pomeranian Voivodeship
District
Sztum
Settlement
Stary Targ
Site address
The Jewish cemetery in Stary Targ is located about 120 meters west of Nowotarska Street and at the back of the building at 50, Główna Street (formerly Świerczewskiego Street). Currently this building is a private kindergarten.
GPS coordinates
53.921622, 19.168499
Perimeter length
170 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
Surrounded by a private property fence.
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The private area is built-up with a large outbuilding (shelter type) with hay bales and agricultural machinery.
Number of existing gravestones
Demolished and overbuilt cemetery.
Date of oldest tombstone
-
Date of newest tombstone
-
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Private
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The owners of the property where the cemetery is located were very hostile with ESJF surveyors. They refused to allow photos to be taken, even to stay on the access road to their land (in fact, the dirt road is not marked as private). The field team were therefore only able to take a small amount of photos.

The Jewish cemetery in Stary Targ is located about 200 meters south-west of the village centre, about 130 meters west of Nowotarska Street. The date of establishing the cemetery is unknown. It was probably established at the end of the 18th century or at the beginning of the 19th century.
The cemetery occupies a rectangular plot with a longer axis in the north-south direction. It is known that there was a small building at its western border, probably serving as a funeral home or a caretaker’s building. In the 1930s, the cemetery was surrounded by a crumbling fence and there were a dozen or so graves located in three rows within it.
The cemetery has undergone far-reaching devastation. All traces of the cemetery at ground level have been blurred, the boundaries of the burial area are unreadable. Currently, there is an arable field in its place. There is no commemoration marker.
(K. Bielawski; http://cmentarze-zydowskie.pl/stary_targ.htm)

Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery
Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery
Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery
Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery
Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery
Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery
Stary Targ Jewish Cemetery