The forgotten cemetery


Welcome in Okopowa in Warsaw, Poland, one of the biggest Jewish graveyards in Europe a.k.a. ’the forgotten cemetery’.

Okopowa was founded in 1780 but left to decay after World War II. The city is taking action today to preserve and renovate the site. Small sections of the cemetery are again being used for burials, but huge parts are still in very bad state, with many of the graves and tombstones (there are about 200.000, mass graves not included) largely overgrown, crooked and broken. A sad but immensely fascinating sight, perfect for the art of analog photography.

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