Information about the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery in Bialystok #poland

Mark Halpern

Below is a message >from Heidi Szpek. She has been documenting the
Matzevot and their inscriptions and artwork for over 10 years now. Her
book "Bagnowka: A Modern Jewish Cemetery on the Russian Pale" is
available at most online book sellers. Below is a personal message >from
Dr. Szpek.

Mark Halpern
Dear Bialystokers,

I invite you to visit my website ( devoted to the
restoration of and documentation of vital records >from Bagnowka Jewish
Cemetery in Bialystok, Poland. This website was established in 2014 as a
venue to explore the value of the Jewish epitaphs >from this cemetery but
in more recent years has migrated to a source for disseminating the most
up-to-date records of extant inscriptions on this cemetery as well as
information about its restoration. I have served as translator and
historian for this restoration project since 2010, first with the local
Centrum organization, coordinated by local representative Lucy Lisowska,
and since 2016, with the US-based organization, Bialystok Cemetery
Restoration Project (, founded by
Bialystoker Amy Halpern Degen, husband Josh Degen and friends Howie and
Paula Flagler.

At present, nearly 3400 inscriptions have been documented and recorded
on this website; other partial databases are found on other online
databases - as noted on my website. If restoration goes forward as
planned, documentation and major aspects of restoration should be
completed in the next 3-4 years, with a (projected) additional 1500
inscriptions documented. These new records will be added to the existing
database at . My hope is that all records will
eventually be sustained by the JOWBR database.

Until that time, I encourage you to visit ,
explore the database and images, as well as information about the
history of this cemetery, its restoration and related publications.

Best regards,
Heidi M. Szpek, Ph.D.
Emerita Professor, Central Washington University, WA/USA
Translator, Historian, Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project

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