The new Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie is located at Żwirki i Wigury Street. As a result of the damage it suffered during World War II and the time after the liberation, up to this day, about 60 tombstones, made mainly of field granites, have been preserved in the area of 0.6 ha. The oldest identified matzeva dates from 1860 and commemorates Tojwe, son of Dow.

 

In the years 2006-2007, thanks to the efforts made by Michael Traison, the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage and the students and teachers from the local school, renovation works were conducted in the cemetery. A group of young people associated with the Jewish Youth Organization made a list of the preserved tombstones and a gate was installed with a plaque bearing an inscription which reads: Jews settled in Wysokie Mazowieckie in the 17th century. From the second half of the 19th century the Jewish population prevailed in the town, contributing to its economic and cultural growth. During the German occupation, in August 1941, the Jews from Wysokie Mazowieckie were forced to live in the ghetto. On November 2, 1942, the ghetto was dissolved. Two thousand of its Jewish inhabitants were sent to the Zambrów labor camp, after the dissolution of which, in January 1943, the people were transported to Auschwitz. In remembrance of the Jewish residents of Wysokie Mazowieckie, murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazis and its accomplices.

 

Source: Dariusz Stankiewicz, Cmentarze żydowskie województwa podlaskiego. [as of 09.03.2010]

 

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