The Jewish cemetery is Szydłów was first mentioned in 1470. It was written than that the cemetery was located near a field belonging to the Gacki land estate. Until World War II it was located in the same place, outside the town itself, that is the part of town surrounded by town walls, by the Ciekąca River, at the right side of the road leading from Szydłów to Chmielnik. During World War II the cemetery was devastated by the Germans. Now the cemetery’s area is covered by meadows and orchards belonging to private owners. The gravestones preserved are stored in the former synagogue at 3 Targowa Street. It is supposed that part of the matzevot are still in the ground in the area of the former Jewish cemetery and private land .[1.1]

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  • [1.1] Archives of the Regional Center of Research and Documentation of Historic Monuments in Kielce, Jewish cemeteries of Kielce, no 29; J. Wiśniewski, Historyczny opis kościołów, miast, zabytków i pamiątek w Stopnickiem, Marjówka 1929, p. 294; A. Penkalla, Żydowskie ślady w województwie kieleckim i radomskim, Radom 1992, pp. 94-95; A. Sabor, Sztetl. Śladami żydowskich miasteczek: Działoszyce – Pińczów – Chmielnik – Szydłów – Chęciny. Przewodnik, Kraków 2005, p. 118.