The Jewish cemetery in Witnica was established in the southwestern part of the town, by a street that was called Mühlenstraße, on a sandy slope of a hill called Judenberge (Jewish mountains)[1.1] by the Germans. The exact date of establishing the kirkut in not known. One of the sources even suggests that it happened in 1860 It is highly improbable, if we consider that the most important issue for a developing community is to establish a cemetery, and with great verisimilitude we can assume, that Jews settled in Witnica at the beginning of the 19th century. [see history]

In 1995 on the request of the Gorzow conservator of monuments, Henryk Grecki drew up an inventory of the cemetery [see picture no. 12]. There were only seven macevas at that time. On one of them (no longer existing today), sacrificed to Moses, Rabbi’s Jozef’s son, “from the saint community of Mezeric” the date October 25, 1835 is given as date of death. The awful state of the cemetery is the result of after war devastation. Despite the jamboree of Hitlerjugend organized in 1933 next to it on Judenberge, the cemetery was left untouched until the end of the 1940s[1.2] . Devastation followed. Thieves stole all the gravestones made of stone more valuable than sandstone. Bricks from the fence were stolen, and the cemetery yard, with overgrown plants, was changed into a rubbish heap by the inhabitants of the neighboring houses. In the 1980s boy scouts, helped by the city authorities, tidied a couple of times the cemetery’s terrain. Also during the 1990s the authorities had the rubbish taken away from the cemetery. Only when a board informing about the character of the place was installed there, the habit of turning the cemetery into a rubbish heap had finished. A board with David’s Star and the inscription “Jewish Cemetery” was however, twice covered with paint. Nowadays there are no more standing macevas on the Witnica cemetery, and only thanks to the effort of people like Zbigniew Czarnuch the place has not been changed into a rubbish heap forgotten by people.[see pictures no. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21]
 

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  • [1.1] Nowadays Wojska Polskiego St.
  • [1.2] Relation by Zbigniew Czarnuch.