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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: 52°57'N 22°57'E

Size: <1 acre

Number of matzevoth: 13 (several bases)

Bagnowka.com: Suraz Gallery (photographed in 1988)

Directions: From Bialystok, take county highway 678 south about 5 km. At the fork in the highways, stay left, traveling onto county road 682 for another 5 km. Stay left, traveling on a smaller county highway to Suraz for 9 km. (IF you end up in Łapy, you’ve missed the turn off to Suraz. Go back as the ‘small’ town of Łapy is easy to get lost in!) The cemetery is easy to locate, as it is literally located at SE edge of city of Suraz. A masonry wall and fence are visible from the road, with access by walking a short distance through the field beside the highway to the unlocked gates (Image 1).


Image 1


Conditions: The cemetery is walled on three sides with the back wall missing and unlocked wrought-iron gates (Images 1-3). It is partially covered with grass, low brush, bounded by fields. Thirteen matzevoth were counted, some broken, some with lichen, with inscriptions in varying states of legibility (Images 4-5). The only threat seems to be the natural process of weathering and vegetation growth.


Image 2

Image 3
Image 4 Image 5



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