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No urban development at the cholera cemetery

No new buildings will be erected at the old Jewish cemetery in Białystok. It will be guaranteed by the local urban development plan.

It is one of a few Jewish cemeteries in Białystok. It was founded in 1830 and about one thousand people were buried there. The people were victims of a cholera epidemic. People continued to be buried there also after the epidemic had ended. The cemetery functioned until 1892.

The cemetery was devastated during World War II. Then, a fair was organised in this area. A market hall was put up in which meat and eggs were being sold. In 2007, the building of the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) was erected at the cemetery.


Now, the Municipal Office is preparing the urban development plan for this part of Białystok. According to the suggestions of the representative of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw, Lucyna Lisowska, the draft of the plan foresees the ban on erecting subsequent buildings in the area. As far as the deserted meat market hall – until recently owned by a private investor – is concerned it will be allowed to expand it by a few storeys, up to a maximum height of 25 metres.

The draft of the urban development plan is to be presented to the City Council as early as this week.

Author: Krzysztof Bielawski
Source: Mikulicz T., The Meat Hall Still Remains Closed. There Are Two Thousand Graves on Bema Street, “Kurier Poranny” 18 May 2015.