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Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group



by Heidi M. Szpek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies

Central Washington University

May 2007

Partial funding provided by: The Department of Philosophy & The Office of International Studies and Programs Grant Committee,

Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington 98926, USA


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GPS: 53°16'06.37"N 23°46'28.28"E

Size: c.3+ acres (dense overgrowth)

Number of matzevoth: <1500

Bagnowka.com: Krynki Gallery (photographed in 1988, 1998-99, 2007)

Image 1

Directions: From Bialystok, take highway 676 east for approximately 40 km to the town of Krynki near the Belarus border. Once in town, a city map can be found in the Rynek which indicates the location of the Jewish cemetery. On the Rynek circle, a small street sign indicates that in about .5 km you’ll be reach the dirt road at left (northeast) to reach the cemetery. Once on this dirt road entrance to the cemetery will shortly be at left. Access is between two wooden buildings (Image 2). Straight ahead is the Orthodox cemetery, visible also from the cemetery as is the Orthodox Church in town (Images 3-5).


Image 2 access to cemetery; buildings at right Image 3 Orthodox cemetery in distance
Image 4 View of Orthodox Cemetery Image 5 Orthodox cemetery in distance, at right
Image 6 View of Orthodox Church from Jewish Cemetery


Conditions: The entrance is technically on the west, though road access is on the east. A broken cobble-stone wall surrounds the cemetery (Image 6). A cell tower is to the north; farmer’s field to the south, with a barn that opens onto the cemetery (Image 7). The area near the barn is void of matzevoth. The cemetery is heavily overgrown, with worn matzevoth of various styles. Many rows of matzevoth remain; many matzevoth are in situ though not erect. Pathways run throughout the cemetery. The greatest threats seem to be vegetation and the weather. The inscriptions are deeply worn away by the elements, many heavy with lichen. Even removal of lichen may no longer reveal inscriptions, as many are illegible. The surface of many matzevoth is fragile to the touch. Documentation of these inscriptions is urgently needed (Images 8-11).


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