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Hopes for Restoring Jewish Cemetery
December 3, 2008   
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The Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw's Bródno neighborhood, one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, is to be entered into the cultural heritage register. The cemetery on Św. Wincentego and Odrowąża streets was established in 1780 by Szmul Jakubowicz zbytkower, the banker of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. It was used as a burial ground until World War II, when it was vandalized by the occupying Germans. After the war, tombstones were used for building materials. As a result, the number of tombstones decreased from over 300,000 before the war to a mere 3,000.

In the 1980s, the Nissenbaum Family Foundation took care of the cemetery. At present, the owner of the cemetery is the Treasury, with which the Jewish Community is in talks about funding for the restoration project. The documentation is being drawn up and specialists are evaluating the condition of the surviving tombstones. The application is to be filed by the end of the year. Barbara Jezierska, the provincial historic buildings conservator, has promised that if the documentation is complete the cemetery will be entered into the register a month after the application has been submitted.

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