The Jewish cemetery under snow

My granddaughter enjoys visiting cemeteries, so we return to the Jewish cemetery in the afternoon of a sunny day. I tend not to do much in the afternoon, and I realise what I’m missing as the 2 pm light slants onto the snow that is often in untrodden ankle-deep drifts and across the tottering tombstones. I’m easy on my feet when I hear that loud satisfying “crunch” respond to each step I take.

The cemetery is picturesque and records a Jewish history stretching back long before the Holocaust. But within minutes I’m reminded of that horror by the symbolic family grave just inside the gate.

Once I’m amongst the old graves I feel free to enjoy their decaying beauty with the same pleasure I feel in the Nerrigundah graveyard, or the Moruya graveyard, or old roadside graveyards in the Australian outback. I acknowledge death and lives past, and enjoy the way other people acknowledge these things.

For previous visits to different parts of the Jewish cemetery, see here.

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A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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22 Responses to The Jewish cemetery under snow

  1. Thanks for the interesting tour, Meg. Much appreciated, sadly.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Hauntingly beautiful, Meg! A couple of photos look like families of headstones, all leaning together to hear Dad speak (especially the one with the red railings through). I love the delicate tracery, and does that one have Jesus depicted, in among the ‘ivy’? And the figure walking away is lovely. I love the afternoon light. And the crunch underfoot 🙂 🙂


  3. Suzanne says:

    Gosh! A very potent reminder of our mortality.


  4. Sue says:

    Great to see this place again, albeit virtually, Meg…. And such a different atmosphere from the summer visit. And kudos for your ‘One’ …an excellent image


  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The family grave is heart-breaking Meg, I’d be wrecked if I saw it. I’ve never seen graves like in this cemetery, I think the language makes it more interesting for me. The photo of your granddaughter in the distance is entrancing.


  6. Heyjude says:

    The snow makes the cemetery so much more poignant. And the symbolic grave is heartbreaking. Love the photo of your granddaughter – well captured Meg. And if I was to have a headstone (which I’m not) then I’d choose the one with the lilies and the branches – very Art Nouveau.


  7. Rosemary Barnard says:

    Yes, the symbolic gravestone is heartbreaking and to me speaks of the suffering of so many families lost without trace. In silence and solitude that cemetery under snow is ineed very poignant. I too found the stone with branches and flowers carved over the inscription the most beautiful I have ever seen.


    • I have wanted to say something about the Lost souls but have not till now. What is even sadder is the ones who want to deny the Holocaust ever happened – determined to wipe all that history from the records. Thanks to those who have left these memories of an awful time in history.


  8. As you can tell, I got far behind on my blog reading this month – finally getting caught up! This was an interesting post, Meg. The first photos were heart-wrenching, but the cemetery overall has a peaceful feeling. It seems like it would be a beautiful place to visit in the snow, before it turns to slush. Like your granddaughter, I like visiting cemeteries.


    • I hope getting behind was because of many other pleasures.

      We had our last snowfall on Saturday – enough for appling, but quickly dissipated as the weather warms to 9°. The cemetery is a real conundrum emotionally, and a good reflection of Jewish history in Warsaw. I’ve visited three times now and it’s always a pleasure to walk around amongst trees and disorder. But there’s always the sense of all that totally senseless death.

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      • Some pleasure, but mostly work! I had a lot of after-work functions I needed to go to this month, which made for some very long days. This week the students are on holiday though, and I’m planning to take some time off as well.


  9. For sure meg, on the useless death.


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