Szydlowiec New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Masovian Voivodeship
Site address
1, Staszica Street.
GPS coordinates
51.22725, 20.86503
Perimeter length
844 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is fenced with a concrete and metal fence (1.5-1.7m high) in a good condition. Sections of the old masonry wall have also been preserved.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The New Jewish Cemetery of Szydlowiec is situated in the centre of the town and is visible to all passing traffic and pedestrians. The cemetery covers a large wooded area, it is well-preserved and well-maintained. More than 2000 tombstones have been preserved and constitute a valuable monument of the funerary art.
Number of existing gravestones
2,300. There are 1,800 Standing and 200 lying intact tombstones and around 300 small fragments. Tombstones are richly decorated and the Hebrew inscriptions are legible. A list of tombstones is available at:
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
There is an Ohel dedicated to Dawid Nathan Rabinowicz.
Drone surveys

Historical overview

Jewish settlement in Szydłowiec began to develop in the 18th century. In 1921, 5,501 Jews lived in the town (76% of the entire population), most of whom were murdered in 1942 by the Germans in Treblinka. In 1945, the Jewish Committee operated in Szydłowiec with 106 registered members. In the following months, they all left the town. The cemetery is located about 400 metres northeast of the Rynek Wielki market square, between Kościuszki Street, Wschodnia Street, and Staszica Street. The cemetery was established around 1811 near the old cemetery which had existed since the 18th century. In 1825, both the cemeteries were fenced, and a funeral house was built between the two plots. In 1831, an epidemic cemetery was established on a plot of land east of the new cemetery. In 1852, the cemetery was fenced with a wall. In the interwar period, further land purchases were made, including the epidemic section of the cemetery. The complex of the three cemeteries—old, new, and for the cholera epidemic – stretched over about 600 metres. In 1938, a road from Kielce to Warsaw was built between the old and the new cemetery, on Kościuszki Street.

During World War II, the cemetery was used for carrying out executions and for burying the Holocaust victims. After 1945, some individual burials took place in the cemetery. There is no detailed information about the devastation the cemetery suffered during the war. After the end of the war, the area was gradually built over. The part of the cemetery on Wschodnia Street was fenced and planted with trees. In 1967, a monument commemorating the victims of the Holocaust was erected in the cemetery. The undeveloped part of the cemetery stretches from Wschodnia Street towards the east, along Staszica Street. It is enclosed with a low wall and a fence made of iron bars. There are over 2,000 tombstones (the list is available at, the ohel of the Rabinowicz tzaddikim, rebuilt in 2002, the foundations of the second ohel, the monument commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, and the epidemic quarters. The property is listed in the Register of Immovable Monuments.