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Powazki cemetery also contains graves of the many famous non-military Poles who have been burried along the "Avenue of the Meritorious" (Aleja Zasluzonych) since 1925. Graves of a few communist criminals burried there in 1945 - 1989 that was during Soviet occupation or influence were later transferred to less important places. Actually there are 3 Avenues of the Meritorious in the cemetery now. They are marked on the map by the entrance.
Jewish, Calvinist, Lutheran, Caucassian and Tatar cemeteries adjacent to the largest one Powazki. Add nearby Orthodox cemetery. At least half a day is needed to visit them all.
1. - 3. Grave of Jacek Kaczmarski for whom this page is dedicated.
4. -5. Grave of Wladyslaw Szpilman (1911 - 2000). Do you know the famous drama "The Pianist" (2002) by Polanski? The movie was awarded 3 Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2003 (Best Actor, Best Director and Best adapted screenplay), won top prize (Palme d`Or) at Cannes International Film Festival and seven Cesars in Paris (incl. best picture and director). The movie tells the story of Szpilman, a Polish Jewish musician struggling to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Enter the cemetery, its military section by Gate I (Brama I; ul. Powazkowska 43/45; parking for, say, 20 cars only; open April-September 7 am - 8 pm, then 8 am till dusk). The map displayed by the entrance is in Polish language. You have an ugly funeral house to the left. The first main street right is "Avenue of the Meritorious" (Aleja Zasluzonych) with the latest graves. Keep straight the main avenue and see first the military graves on both sides then next famous Poles.
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