Visiting The 'New' Jewish Cemetery

Strolling through Kraków's lively streets, the Holocaust and the tragedy of WWII for the Jewish people can feel far away. This forgotten cemetery, located in a remote part of Eastern Kraków beyond a train underpass, retains something of the sadness of those days. The Nazis made short work of the cemetery during the war and used many of the grave markers as paving stones and scrap. It's touching to see how much effort has gone into trying to restore the cemetery and rescue the remnants that could be recovered.

Though the cemetery has an undeniably spooky feel, it's also very peaceful and something of a refuge from the busy city. Men should remember to cover their heads on entering.