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“Beauty with a heaviness”

Stary Cmentarz Lublin
Ranked #16 of 57 things to do in Lublin
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Reviewed July 5, 2015

The history of Jews in Lublin traces back to the 14th century. They were awarded an autonomous district, established a renowned Yeshiva and later became the center for Hassidism (very abridged history). Sadly, no Jews reside in Lublin today (there is rumor that perhaps 8-12 still are alive, but we could not locate anyone to confirm this) This cemetery houses the thousands who lived in this vibrant, flourishing community; yet what pains one's heart is to see the condition in which this cemetery is as compared to other tended cemeteries in Europe (where the population is alive to care for the graves). If one had visited this site a few years ago, he/she would've been surrounded by even more weeds, trees, bushes etc. Recent efforts have made this cemetery more accessible. And the fact that the gates must be locked to keep the vagrants, vandals, anti-Semites and even greedy tourists (I have seen people taking pieces of broken stones and placing them in their pockets as a keepsake-- for shame!) from defiling what is left. Please note that they would like to keep the gates open, however there is no one to guard the site from harm (they do not have the funds). There is another Jewish cemetery as well, the New Jewish cemetery, which too is locked (our group spend several hours cleaning the back of the site, and we needed a few more days to make it as lovely as other cemeteries throughout Europe-- Last two photos). Nevertheless, this is an important place to visit. And if one takes the time to crawl through the woods, he/she will find fallen and broken stones (those which the Nazis did not take to make roads) from a thriving people of centuries past. Imagine what the culture/people could have been had the Nazis and their collaborators not destroyed it!

5  Thank ProfessorOnzaga
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Reviewed June 21, 2015

Seem to be few Jewish graveyards in such good condition as that at Lublin, I've only few better, strangely one was in Hamburg in Germany. Sadly this still has to be locked for fear that those of short memories might desecrate it. Still its not too much trouble for the keyholder to let you in (See other reviews for info) and you're allowed to take your time to wander through a fascinating collection of old gravestones.

Thank Paula G
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Reviewed June 6, 2015

My grandparents are both buried there so we paid homage. There is a nice walk and picnic tables to have lunch or can walk to town and have lunch at cafe nearby. Well maintained and some very old markers. A lot of history!!

Thank ulabear
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Reviewed May 31, 2015

get the key at 85 lubartowaska street....its a big yellow hotel.....used to be the largest yeshiva in the world...go to the right side of the building and get the key there. then to go to the cemetery: kalinowszcyzna street....it will be on your right....

5  Thank bradley k
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Reviewed April 23, 2015

What's the point of showing off that you have one of the most amazing matsevas in your city's Jewish cemetery if you can't freely enter one. The key to the cemetery is in some... Jewish hotel nearby? I didn't like the fact that I have to go around and ask id someone could kindly let me in - I believe cemeteries should be free to enter for anyone - and explaining what do I want with it and I gave up on that.

1  Thank Ashika-pl
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