The Jewish cemetery in Wiskitki was established in the first half of 19th century, and was used until World War II. It can be reached from Zyrardów by a road heading for Guzów and Sochaczew. Having passed the market square in Wiskitki, one should take the second turning right. The cemetery is about 300 metres away, on the right, right behind the Anndor company’s premises at 1 Spółdzielcza Street. A bit further, on the opposite side, there is a cemetery of Russian soldiers from World War I.

About 80 gravestones have been preserved at the cemetery until today. They vary in form from granite stones with simple inscriptions to sandstone and concrete monuments with low-relief decorations. The cemetery is clearly divided into the older and the newer part. There is also a small clearing with knocked-down tombstones with the blessing hands gesture engraved on them - the symbol placed on the Kohen family’s gravestones. An interesting matzevah with raised inscriptions can be found on the edge of the thicket. The Hebrew epitaph can be translated as follows: “The sun died and the moon turned into darkness, her glory descended into the abyss forever, the street wept and the town cried in despair. She had always followed the path of philanthropy and good deeds. Woe betide us from whom she was suddenly taken. Shifra, her beauty lost in the ground, of a respectable family and chaste in speech, may her soul be lit up like the rising sun” (Polish translation by Wojciech Tworek).

In 1992, the cemetery was entered into the register of monuments. The cemetery ground is unfenced, overgrown with shrubs and prone to further devastation.  

 

Location on mapa.szukacz.pl [as of 20 Jan 2010].

Location on mapy.google.pl [as of 20 Jan 2010].

 

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