Why do I find such peace and mindfulness walking in cemeteries? Over the years I have learned that many people do. I also have my own favourites. Père Lachaise in Paris and Highgate in London. But since I visited The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, I have come to understand, that nowhere else you will find… that special mood.
Jewish Cemeteries have a beauty of their own. They are all abandoned, and speak of a deep sadness over the dead souls and over all sons and daughters lost. There is no one left to care for the graves.
Ivy clad and hidden – and the silence is complete.
The Łódź Jewish Cemetery, also known as the New Jewish Cemetery, was once the largest Jewish cemetery in Poland, and one of the largest in the world. It was opened in 1892 and occupies around 44 hectares of land.
According to Wikipedia, the cemetery contains from 180,000 to 230,000 marked graves, as well as mass graves of victims of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto and the Holocaust.
Out in the open, the many names stood facing the sun. Maybe even more impressive seen in black, from behind.
From 1893 to 1896, the basic construction of the necropolis was completed by the well-known architect Adolf Zeligson.Today over a hundred of historical grave sites have been declared historical monuments and are in various stages of restoration. The cemetery also continues to function as a Jewish burial site.
The mausoleum of Izrael Poznański is perhaps the largest Jewish tombstone in the world and the only one containing decorative mosaic. It is towering like a white elephant over the old stones…
…But I prefer the little things…the ornate carvings and the rusty old fences…
And, the intense stillness and beauty. Thank you for walking with me.
Thank you for a beautiful, peaceful Virtual walk through this cemetery….I need to get there in the next year or so
Mmm, you will not regret it.
I also find cemeteries very peaceful and enjoy walking in them…but had never thought about the special calm and sadness that must accompany Jewish cemeteries. Thanks for the lovey post.
And I am glad you appreciated it – thank you for the follow as well. I will follow you – we have some thoughts in common.
We have really some similar subjects 🙂 and I have been to the Galapagos this year, too!
And I completely agree: Jewish cemeteries seam still more peaceful because they are made for eternity: As I understood, unlike on christian cemeteries, the graves and tombstones won’t be touched forever after having been installed.
I have been to Krakov this year and it was really beautiful. https://hikeminded.blog/2017/09/01/krakow-the-peaceful-new-jewish-cemetery/
And beautiful pictures!
I love cemeteries too. I walk most mornings through one near my home. I particularly love the wildness that invades them.
Beautifully put. I share your thoughts.
Thanks for the lovely post
You are welcome