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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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Jewish War Cemeteries in Western Galicia

Jewish War Cemeteries in Western Galicia

(p.281) Jewish War Cemeteries in Western Galicia
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Adam Bartosz

Liverpool University Press

This chapter is an overview of the Jewish war graves in western Galicia. Jewish soldiers were part of the multinational Austrian army. They fought on all fronts of the First World War and were killed with their comrades in arms of other nationalities and religions, but if identified as Jews they were buried separately. In western Galicia, bloody battles between Austrian and Russian armies lasted until May 1915. There are hundreds of military cemeteries and military sections in parish cemeteries in this area. In spite of continuing war (there were battles in eastern Galicia and in Bukovina), a systematic burial of the dead at newly established cemeteries began. It was carried out by the War Graves Division (K. u. k. Kriegsgräber-Abteilung) established in the spring of 1915 and located in Kraków. Between summer 1915 and autumn 1918, the War Graves Division designed and constructed 365 cemeteries.

Keywords:   Jewish War Cemeteries, western Galicia, Austrian army, World War I, military cemeteries, burials, War Graves Division, Jewish war graves

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