Zarki Old Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Silesian Voivodeship
Site address
Adjacent to 24, Górki Street.
GPS coordinates
50.627822, 19.362932
Perimeter length
The exact perimeter of the cemetery is unknown.
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
This is a demolished cemetery and no tombstones have survived on the site. There is one tombstone from 1739, built into a memorial monument. The area is unfenced. The exact area of the cemetery is unknown. ESJF surveyors received contradictory information from people they interviewed. One said that the cemetery stretched to the north, the other to the east, which would mean that part of it is now occupied by private estates.
Number of existing gravestones
One possible fragment found in the grass which could be a fragment of a matzeva. One fragment from 1739 built into the monument.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Memorial monument.
Drone surveys

Historical overview

There is a memorial at the site in the shape of matzeva.

The old Jewish cemetery in Żarki was established in the 17th century. As a result of devastation, after World War II, the necropolis was stripped of matzevot for many years. In 2008, in one of the local properties, a fragment of a stele was found with a partially preserved epitaph from 1739, indicated that the tombstone was originally located in the oldest Jewish cemetery in Żarki.

Thanks to the efforts of Wojciech Mszyca, the tombstone was initially placed in the cemetery, under the plaque set up as part of the Jewish Culture Trail. In 2010, a lapidarium was arranged at the cemetery and the found fragment of the matzeva was attached to a concrete slab stylized as a tombstone. Below there is a plaque with the inscription: “Only this fragment of the matzevot and the empty square are left of the Old Jewish Cemetery from the 17th-19th centuries. Żarki 2009/2010, WM”. The ceremonial unveiling of the lapidarium took place on September 17, 2010.

Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery
Żarki Old Jewish Cemetery