The cemetery[1.1] was created outside the boundaries of the city, close to a town called Koniec, on present-day Dybowska Street, in the second half of the 19th century. The oldest gravestone, belonging to Sarah Mormenstein, dates back to 1881. The cemetery was located in an area of twenty linden trees, which today create a picturesque park. The cemetery must have been devastated both before and after 1945, but it, nonetheless, remains one of the best-preserved Jewish cemeteries in the Masurian region. To this day 23 complete gravestones have been saved, while approximately 12 partially-preserved ones have also remained, as well as 9 tombs. Most of them are made from sandstone, while a select few are from granite and terrazzo. On some of them traditional religious and community symbols are still in tact, for example a pair of hands in a gesture of blessing[1.2]. Many of the gravestones have both Hebrew and German inscriptions. Some also have traces of paint, for example yellow paint where there are symbols and dark blue paint where there are inscriptions.
The local cemetery was entered into the Register of Historical Monuments on November 22, 1991, entry no [1.3]. In 2006 the cemetery was cleaned and straightened out in cooperation between the residents of the town and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. Presently, the cemetery is taken care of by good local people, thanks to whom the cemetery is well kept and clean.
- [1.1] Longitude and Latitude: 53°47’76” N and 21°35’02” E.
- [1.2] Por. G. Świderski, Symbolika płaskorzeźb na cmentarzu żydowskim w Szczytnie, „Rocznik Mazurski”, v. 10, 2006, 85–104.
- [1.3] A. Mrozek, Zabytkowe obiekty kształtowanej zieleni, w: Dziedzictwo kulturowe Warmii – Mazur – Powiśla. Stan zachowania, potencjały i problemy, red. J. Wysocki, Olsztyn 2006, s. 237.