As information is gathered, I will add to it here, but it is going to take
a long time to get anything like a reasonable coverage (it's all those
ancestors burying themselves all over the place that causes it). It is
worth remembering that the attitude to death in Poland may be a lot different
to what you are used to. It is not uncommon for the dead to be photographed
and so don't be surprised if you are ever shown pictures of this kind.
There are several reasons for this, including the obvious that one of the
few times that a photographer would be 'booked' would be when a significant
event takes place, plus the fact that it is a tradition dating back to
pre-christian times that graves are looked after and decorated for certain
occasions (name day/birthday/death anniversary of the deceased, plus all
saints, christmas and easter).
Cemeteries in Lublin - In Lublin itself there are 4 Christian cemeteries,
2 Jewish ones and numerous tombs in churches. The oldest Christian cemetery,
Lipowa, was established in 1809, and the oldest Jewish one in the middle
of the 16th century.
Most Catholics in Lublin are now being buried in the Majdanek cemetery,
opened in the 1970's along side the site of the Majdanek concentration
camp, as nearly all available space in the other cemeteries has been used.
Some space is still available in the Lipowa cemetery for Orthodox burials,
but as the number of people in the Orthodox faith have dwindled since the
Russians left in about 1920, some space has been sold to Catholics at a
In Poland you generally rent your space in a cemetery and you can stay
for a maximum of 40 years before they dig you up and put your bones in
a bone store, although if a decision has been taken to close a cemetery
then you will stay. The other exception is if you are famous or part of
a national memorial. Even if one of your ancestors paid for a memorial,
then after the maximum of 40 years it will be dismantled. Some cemeteries,
even Catholic ones, were destroyed during the Germans during the second
world war. It is rare to find graves of over 50 years old.
All open cemeteries have offices with lists of grave owners and occupants.
Whether these offices would respond to a request for information, I do
not yet know, but it might be worth trying if everything else has failed.
Cemeteries often have a chapel, but this is usually only used for services
and not as a proper church. The cemetery is often some distance from the
local churches and may be divided into different faiths (Roman Catholic,
Orthodox, Polish Catholic, Protestant etc.)
|Cmentarz - Cemetery
Rzym - Rome/Roman
|Katolicki - Catholic
||Parafia - Parish
If you are interested in seeing what a Polish cemetery looks like,
the Lublin 'Ulica Lipowa Cemetery' page is a
good one to visit as it has exceptional coverage. Another page is Changing
Fashions in Grave Architecture which, although maybe sounding a bit
technical, has lots of pictures from different cemeteries and gives a timeline
to the likely styles of grave architecture your ancestors might have chosen.
: This site is run by the "International Association
of Jewish Genealogical Societies". Probably
the best source of up to date information about the present state of individual
The Jewish Cemetery
The Jewish cemetery was completely destroyed in the second world war and
the gravestones broken up and used to pave a road whilst others were buried
at a Franciscan monastery. The gravestones have been returned to the cemetery
just outside the town, and were used to build a wall commemorating Jews
who died during the war.
The Old Jewish Cemetery
Established in the mid sixteenth century, this is one of the oldest jewish
cemeteries in Poland. It was closed finally in the middle of the 19th century.
It is usually referred to as just the old Jewish cemetery, but sometimes
as the dawne (old) Grodzisko, after the area in which it is located.
After the the damage and neglect it received since the beginning of
the second world war, not much is left of the original layout of the graves.
Some 50, of the few remaining gravestones, dating from the 16th to the
18th century have been re-erected in new locations alongside a path through
the cemetery. The cemetery itself is surrounded by a high and solid brick
The cemetery is looked after by an old jewish man currently, but I
do not know what will happen after he dies. Fewer than 10 000 jews are
left in Poland, and most of them are elderly.
The Wieniawa Jewish Cemetery
This no longer exists beyond a piece of rough, flat ground on a spur on
the south side of the Czechowka valley. Wieniawa was once a predominantly
Jewish town just outside Lublin, but now it is an almost central sector.
The grave stones were removed by the Germans during world war 2, some having
now been recovered after it was discovered that the Germans had used them
to strengthen the foundations of some buildings. These recovered gravestones
are now at the New Jewish Cemetery in Lublin. For a picture of the cemetery
today :Wieniawa Cemetery
Lipowa Street Catholic and Orthodox Cemetery
This is the oldest surviving Christian cemetery in Lublin. It is within
the city itself and close to the center. It contains many monuments to
causes (November Uprising etc.), famous Polish and local people as
well as a range monuments to other people, all set amongst mature trees.
It is a beautiful cemetery and very popular.
For pictures of the cemetery itself, its history etc., try the page
: ULICA LIPOWA CEMETERY, which also has a list
of notable people buried there (one of whom may be related, they must be
The New Jewish Cemetery
This cemetery was opened in the mid 19th century to replace the old cemetery.
This cemetery was badly damaged during the second world war and during
the communist period, a new road (Lenin Street) was built on part of it
in the 1960's, during a period when it was politically incorrect to even
consider jewish heritage.
Polish Catholic Cemetery
Opened in the late 19th century in the village of Ponikwoda and still
being used, although the number of Polish Catholics have dwindled. Photo's
of the cemetery. Ponikwoda is now a northern suburb of Lublin.
Unicka Street Cemetery
Opened in 1932 to cope with the expanding population. It was located close
to the newer Jewish cemetery in what at the time was almost green field
Address: Cmentarz Rzymskokatolicki, Unicka 2, Lublin.
This is the smallest cemetery in Lublin.
This was opened in the 1970's and is growing fast as it is about the only
place where you can buy yourself a new plot in Lublin. It is situated next
to the Majdanek concentration camp site.
The Jewish Cemetery
After years of neglect and the threat to build a block of flats on the
site, the cemetery is being restored, with about 70 stones being collected
from all over the town and returned to the cemetery
A cemetery under tree cover on a hillside. Photo's
of the Cemetery. Address: Cmentarz, Bochotnica 5, Naleczow.
An abandoned cemetery in a wood of predominantly Uniate's, with some Roman
Catholics. A few burials occured as late as the 1980's. Photo's
of the cemetery.
Opened in 1972, shortly after the completion of the church. Prior to this
most burials occured in nearby Biskupice - the exceptions being the local
gentry who had there own chapel. Photo's
of the cemetery on the Trawniki Page
Address: Cmentarz Parafialny, Zamkowa 24, Wawolnica.
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