Photographer's Note

Jews comprised 50% population of my home town, Tarnów, before the World War II. You can find a very interesting article on the history of Jews in Tarnów in Wikipedia: HERE. Everybody in my home town knows Goldhammer Street, named after Eliasz Goldhammer (1851-1912), first Jewish mayor of Tarnów. Everybody in Poland has heard about Roman Brandstaetter, Polish-Jewish writer, born in Tarnów.

Tragically, immediately after Germans have captured Tarnów in WWII they have burned all synagogues in town. By the end of the war, the overwhelming majority of 25,000 Tarnów Jews had been murdered by Germans. Not much is left from the Jewish past in Tarnów today.

One of the remaining places of interest is Jewish Cemetery. I have found a more detailed article both on Jews in Tarnów and on this cemetery but only available in Polish HERE. The cemetery supposedly was grounded in 1583 but the oldest preserved tombstones are from late 17th century. The cemetery was demolished by Germans. They have also used its grounds for numerous executions of Jewish community. Only recently in 1989 the renovation of the cemetery started. Tombs of numerous noble people were found.

The gate of cemetery is locked and at the entrance there is a message that a key can be borrowed from Town Museum, which is however quite far away from the cemetery. Hence I have never actually been inside. From one side it is surrounded by barriers through which I was able to take this photo. It was late afternoon and most of the cemetery was covered in deep shade. Just a narrow beam of light was illuminating few tombstones.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7385 W: 106 N: 19405] (74311)
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