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Jewish Memorial - Suwalki

Jewish Memorial

Lest We Forget

This may seem odd but one of the most interesting aspects of Suwalki are its cemeteries and by far the most moving is the Jewish Cemetery. Prior to World War II there was a large Jewish community and consequently a large cemetery. From what was explained to me, aside from rounding up the living, the Nazis were also intent on eradicating the memory of the past. To this goal the cemetery itself was bombed to destroy the remains of Jewish ancestors. The words "Przez HITLEROWCOW" on the memorial, mean "by the Nazis (or supporters of Hitler)" which describe this atrocity.

Special thanks to Virtual Tourist Ewa (evaanna) for help with the translation.

Address: pl. Zarzecze

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  • Updated Feb 9, 2005
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The Molenna - Suwalki

The Molenna

Old Believers Cemetery

Immediately next to and in stark contrast to the Jewish Cemetery is the Old Believers Cemetery and the Molenna, a small timber church built at beginning of the 20th century. It was locked and shuttered up tight, and apparently is rarely open except for services. It is said to contain several very old original icons. As open and barren as the Jewish cemetery was, this cemetery was equally dense and dark with trees and foliage often obscuring the moss covered grave markers. This place was made for a full moon.

Address: pl. Zarzecze

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2005
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Wall of Jewish tombstones - Suwalki

Wall of Jewish tombstones

Wall of Honor

After the bombing, and obviously after the war, little remained of the Jewish Cemetery. In fact, today it is simply an open field. Nazi efficiency made the graves impossible to locate. What could be found, however, were the broken fragments of the tombstones. These were gathered up and respectfully built into a wall of memory, some pieces fairly complete, some with barely a letter or two, but all of equal value.

Address: pl. Zarzecze

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2005
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St. Alexandra Church - Suwalki

St. Alexandra Church

St. Alexandra Roman Catholic Church

St. Alexandra Roman Catholic Church is a sparkling white neoclassical church in the center of town. Across from the church is a very nice park with a band shell at one end. The interior includes several contemporary stained glass windows including one which depicts a holocaust prisoner with a blue and white striped outfit and a red triangle patch denoting political prisoners.

Address: pl. Wolnosci

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  • Written Jan 28, 2005
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