Zarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Silesian Voivodeship
Site address
About 800 meters (straight through the dirt road) from the building at no.11, Miechowska Street in Żarnowiec, there is a “house without windows”. About 150 meters from this house, turn left along the woods. At the end of the woods, about 50 meters from the road there is an ohel.
GPS coordinates
50.471731, 19.878990
Perimeter length
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fenced.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery area is overgrown. In many places, there are ant hills that make it difficult to access the ohel. Next to the ohel, there is a fragment of a matzevah transformed into a grinding wheel.
Number of existing gravestones
There is a fragment of a matzeva transformed into a grinding wheel.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Ohel of Reuven ha-Levi Horowic. The Ohel is on the presumed site of the original demolished tomb.
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The New Jewish Cemetery in Żarnowiec is located in the south-eastern part of the village, about 2.7 km from the village centre, in a grove, next to the ruins of the building of the “Kłos” Agricultural Production Cooperative. The cemetery’s exact establishment date is unknown, though it was most likely established in the 19th century. It was in use until World War II. Since the cemetery has suffered significant damage, only single tombstones (mainly their bases) and fragments of matzevot remain. There is also the post-war tomb of Rabbi Ruwen ha-Lewi Horowic in the cemetery (a son of Rabbi Jakow Chaim, grandson of Rabbi from Tykocin, dayan, author of the book “Dudaim BaSade”, student of Elimelech from Leżajsk and the Seer of Lublin), which was probably erected on the site of the previously destroyed ohel.

Żarnowiec was founded under Magdeburg Law between 1326 and 1340. Its foundation status was downgraded in 1870 and it is now a village. The first records of Jewish settlement in Żarnowiec date to the 17th century. An independent Jewish community likely already existed by the 18th century. 386 Jews lived in the town 1791, 1,412 in 1897 (57% of the total population), and 946 in 1921 (44.5%). In 1938, 574 Jews lived in Żarnowiec. During World War II, in February 1941, the Germans sent all Jews from Żarnowiec to the Żarki Ghetto.

Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery
Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery
Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery
Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery
Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery
Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery
Żarnowiec New Jewish Cemetery