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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°02'N 23°36'E

Size: c. 1 acre of matzevoth on c. 3 acre area

Number of matzevoth: <30 (25 counted in situ)

Bagnowka.com: Michalowo Gallery (photographed in 1991,1992, 2006)

Image 1


Directions: The cemetery can be a little difficult to locate. Two signs in Polish mark the cemetery; however, as it is located at the edge of the Knyszyn forest, the visitor must first locate the correct dirt road into the forest. From Bialystok, take highway 65 for 16 km to highway 686 going south to Michalowo. Travel on 686 for about 16 km. BEFORE the city of Michalowo will be a small local road leading to Majdan (and then on to Kopce) (Image 2). Follow this road for

about 1 km; at left (NW) will be a smaller road to Majdan. Follow this road and just before you enter a small group of wooden houses which IS THE TOWN OF MAJDAN, turn left onto a dirt forest road (Image 3). Shortly on your right will be a Polish sign indicating the eastern boundary of the cemetery (Image 4). Another sign will be found on the northern boundary. (IF you’ve entered the town of Majdan and quickly ended up in the field past this grouping of houses, back up. You’ve missed the forest road). Walk up into the forest. The majority of remaining matzevoth will be located in a grouping at the western edge, at the edge of a bluff overlooking the Knyszyn forest (Image 5).


Image 2 Image 3
Image 4 Image 5


Conditions: The dense pine trees and smaller brush of the Knyszyn Forest and the difficulty of reaching this cemetery have created a natural protection. The matzevoth that do remain are generally legible and of varied style (Images 6-8). The only threats are natural erosion and vegetation. Occasional debris was noted.


Image 6 Image 7 Image 8


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