A burial of Torah scrolls at the Lodz cemetery, central Poland, on Sunday, marked the beginning of observations commemorating the 77th anniversary of the liquidation of the World War II Litzmannstadt Ghetto in the city.
Snuck away west of Leszno and with a population of just 14,000, ‘the greatest little town you’ve never heard of’ sits largely forgotten by the rest of the nation. And that’s good!
With between 50 to 70 cars being used on the grounds of the city’s largest cemetery every day, the International ‘Last Mile’ project hopes to reduce disruption to other visitors.
Correspondent Paweł Żuchowski had been at the Arlington National Cemetery with his son Wiktor to lay flowers at the grave of a Polish-born soldier of the US Marine Corp who died in Afghanistan in 2008 when they saw the President and First Lady walking towards them.
Often mysterious and ethereal, the mood in Łukasz Lenkiewicz’s photos crosses boundaries that are serene, surreal, wistful and dreamlike. Along the way, his discoveries – which he says run into several hundred – have ranged from the intriguing and creepy to the downright bizarre.
The Neolithic cemetery in the village of Stara Wieś in Silesia contained the remains of three people who were found lying on their right side with arms bent and curled up and their heads pointing to the East. But Romek Turakiewicz from the Archaeology Department at Raciborz Museum said: “It could be a mass grave and there could be more skeletons.”
Archaeologists closed in on a 20-square-metre site in a cemetery in the small town of Orneta by using local archival records and a hand-drawn burial plan. Religious objects including crucifixes and medallions helped them identify the victims.
The tombs are between 40 and 50 metres long, with the longer walls reinforced with wooden palisades, while the short eastern walls contained an entrance to a sort of tomb chapel.
Investigators are now trying to discover the identity of the person found in the highly decorated 19th century coffin.
Piotr Marczenia (bottom right) from Świebodzin in Western Poland began cleaning up the forgotten Evangelical cemetery in the nearby village of Podła Góra in 2015 after becoming fascinated with the lives of those who had lived in the place where his mother had been born.