The Jews from Szydlow near Kielce

POLSKI: Żydzi Szydłowa

The Jews from Szydłów

In Szydłów, which is situated in central Poland (50 km away from Kielce), there is the oldest documented Jewish cemetery, dated from the beginning of the 15th century. In 1564 a huge stone Synagogue was built in Szydłów. It is the oldest existing Synagogue in the Kielce district. Before the Second World War about 680 Jewish people used to live in Szydłów; that was around 30 per cent of general population. In early October 1942 the Szydłów Jews were moved out to Chmielnik, which is situated 19 km away from Szydłów. The ones who were unable to walk were shot immediately. The rest of the Szydłów Jews came from Chmielnik to the Treblinka camp, where all of them were gassed and cremated.

Cemetery Szydlow, presently
Cemetery Szydlow, presently.

Szydłów Leib Lenski at the grave of his sister Perl Ksienski, who died at the age of 15 in 1925.
Szydłów Leib Lenski at the grave of his sister Perl Ksienski, who died at the age of 15 in 1925.

Nina Baran born in Szydlow, to the Warga family. Murdered in 1942. Her son survived.
Nina Baran born in Szydlow, to the Warga family. Murdered in 1942. Her son survived.

Leib Gorfinkel, his wife Pesel, his daughters Lea and Riva, and his sons Yoshka and Avraham. All family members perished in 1942.
Leib Gorfinkel, his wife Pesel, his daughters Lea and Riva, and his sons Yoshka and Avraham. All family members perished in 1942.

What do we want to do?

  • The Jewish cemetery lies abandoned. The young generation does not even know that about 2000 people are buried there. We want to fence and renovate the Jewish cemetery.
  • We wish to establish some identities and the course of life of our Jewish neighbours, who used to live in Szydłów for about 600 years. That is why we are writing a book entitled “Żydzi w historii Szydłowa” (The Jews in the History of Szydłów). In the book there will be included some interesting interviews with the oldest Szydłów dwellers who remember the Jewish people.

The opening of the renovated Jewish cemetery and the promotion of the book is planned on November, 2017.

Who is the leader of the works?

The Association of Friends of the Szydlow Land (Pol. Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Ziemi Szydłowskiej) has taken the responsibility for accomplishing these two tasks.

Who is going to pay for it?

Voluntary donations made by people with warm hearts are going to cover the costs of accomplishing these two tasks. The total cost of fencing the cemetery and putting it into order, as well as of publishing the book both in Polish and in English will represent about one hundred thousand zloty.

People who have some memories about the Jews from Szydlow or some souvenirs are kindly requested to get in touch: Pawel Mazanka, e-mail: p.mazanka@uksw.edu.pl
Or: Communal Centre of Culture in Szydlow (Pol. Gminne Centrum Kultury w Szydłowie), e-mail: gck@szydlow.pl

Cemetery Szydlow with tombstone, presently
Cemetery Szydlow with tombstone, presently.

We kindly request you to make donations for the two above-mentioned purposes to the account number of the Association:
For dollars: Bank Spółdzielczy w Szydłowie, POLUPLPR PL 20 8521 0006 2001 0000 0345 0003
For zloty: Bank Spółdzielczy w Szydłowie, 20 8521 0006 2001 0000 0345 0003
We thank you for every dollar. We are going to accomplish this beautiful work together!

The names of contributors who will pay up to 300$ will be listed in the book “Jews in the History of Szydlow”. These donors will receive this book with special acknowledgements. Besides, the names of contributors who will pay 300$ and more will be immortalized on a special tomb stone of gratitude at the Jewish Cemetery in Szydlow.

POLSKI: Żydzi Szydłowa