|The cemetery is divided into more than 100 sections
and is the final resting place for many notable Jewish Polish personalities from each end
of the spectrum...from great Rabbis, such as Rav Chaim Soleveitchik and Rav Avraham
Mordechai Alter to Ludwig Zamenhof, the creator of Esparanto. From wealthy bankers such as
Wilhelm Landau to the mother of Yiddish Theater, Esther Rachel Kaminska.
Just by identifying the cemetery section and the type of headstone you can discover more about your family. Orthodox Jews had separate sections for men and women and only Hebrew lettering will be found on the stone. The more assimilated Jews were buried in family plot sections and had headstones with Polish lettering and Gregorian dates. See the map of the Okopowa Cemetery.
Map Source: The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe, A Travel Guide and Resource Book to Prague, Warsaw, Cracow and Budapest, (page 184) by Eli Valley. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Jason Aronson, Inc., Northvale, NJ. © 1999.
(Details A and B are individual maps in the book identifying locations of graves of notable people)