Join us in exploring the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery
Taube Jewish Heritage Tours invites participants of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy for a journey through the Okopowa Jewish Cemetery. The more than 200 years of Polish Jewish history sheltered among its tall trees and dense alleyways make it truly a beit haim (house of life). The cemetery, with roughly 250,000 graves, is the second largest in Europe. Its rabbis and educators, writers and actors, philanthropists and doctors, Bundists and Communists, craftsmen and small shopkeepers, are Jewish Warsaw. Among the grandest are the Mausoleum of the Three Writers (Icchok Lejb Perec, Szymon An-ski and Jakub Dinezon) by talented sculptor Abraham Ostrzega, and the monument of the grave of the great actress from Warsaw’s Jewish Theatre, Ester Rachel Kamińska, known as the mother of Yiddish theater, created by Szymon Kratka. Some of Warsaw’s most respected Jewish citizens are buried here: Hipolit Wawelberg, the industrialist and philanthropist; lawyer and diplomat Szymon Aszkenazy, one of the Polish delegates to the Versailles conference in 1919; Ludwik Zamenhof, creator of the artificial international language Esperanto; Meir Bałaban, one of the greatest Jewish historians; and Adam Czerniaków, chairman of the Judenrat, who committed suicide rather than participate in the deportations to Treblinka. Most Jews from the ghetto were buried in anonymous mass graves, one of which can be visited directly behind the Hill. The Cemetery continues to serve Warsaw’s Jewish community.
Taube Jewish Heritage Tours is excited to take you on this special walk of discovery.
Dates: Tuesday, August 7; Thursday, August 9
Times: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Difficulty: approx. 3 miles of moderate walking
Meeting and ending point: lobby of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre
Grzybowska Street 63
Price: 275 PLN/person
Number of people: max 25 people, min 10
Led by a professional guide and accompanied by a TJHT staff member throughout