Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

Hi Miriam,

Thank you or your response and photos.

I was in the New Lodz Cemetery in November and got to see for myself the state of the cemetery and the "ghetto field'.  Unfortunately I did not have time to do genealogical research as my wife and I were there as part of a Shoah related journey with our synagogue. Our tour followed the journey of the amazing Mala Tribich MBE who accompanied us on our journey,

The graves I found particularly harrowing were of the Bnei Akiva madrichim who were killed after the end of the war.  And the 6 unfilled pits by the cemetery wall near the entrance to the cemetery. See the photos below.  I have also attached a photo of what the prayer hall and a general view of part of the cemetery and the grave of Isaac Hertz who died in 1905, whose headstone I found particularly fascinating.  He is buried near the Poznanski mausoleum where Salomon Poznanski is buried in Lewa 9/1

I have been asked privately how I found reference to the people I was looking for on the Lodz Cemetery website.

The first step I took was to look up the people I am interested in using the JRI Poland database at  This told me that the people I am researching are buried in the New Lodz Cemetery.  It gave me location of their graves, with a reference to a photo, which I now know is a photograph of the page of the burial ledger used to create the database.  

You can reach the Jewish Lodz Cemetery website at  Along the top of the page you will see various tabs.  One is called Plan of Cemetery.  If you click on that it will show you where in the cemetery a particular section is.  

If you click on the section in the plan, identified mainly with a letter of the alphabet but sometimes numerically as well, it will call up the names of the people buried in the cemetery.  This list is populated to the right of the plan of the cemetery under the heading Kwatera, meaning quarter or I assume in English we're more likely to say section, when referring to a cemetery.  

It then tells you whether the section you have clicked on is on the left (Lewa) or right (Prawa) of the main path through the cemetery.  If I have understood the plan correctly, the pink sections are for women, the purple sections are for men, the orange sections are for men and women and the green sections are for children. 

I hope this helps.  I do not claim to have any expertise on this. I am just happy to share what I have discovered if it will help others with similar research interests.

All the best.

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

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