All the tombstones with legible inscriptions in the new Jewish cemetery in Brzesko were documented between 2018-2019 by the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland. The tombstones are marked with a row and tombstone number within that row. The cemetery is divided into rows: | (on the left side of the main alley), p1 (on the right side of the main alley), and p2 (on the far right side of the cemetery). Several tombstones located in 2 ohels are marked with the symbols oh1 and oh2. In addition to the documented tombstones, there are still several hundred gravestones with illegible inscriptions, making it impossible to identify the buried individuals.
Inscriptions on tombstones
In the absolute majority of cases, the inscriptions on Brzesko tombstones are in Hebrew. We have attempted to reconstruct all of the preserved inscriptions, but this was not possible everywhere due to damage.
Name of the deceased
On older tombstones, particularly those from the first half of the 19th century, the names of the deceased were often not given. In some such cases, it was possible to determine the name based on a death certificate if the date of death, the name of the deceased, and the name of the father matched the information on the tombstone.
Transcription of personal names
When translating Hebrew inscriptions, we adopted the spelling of the names of the deceased corresponding to that in the database https:/cemeteryjewish.org.pl/list/c_100; however, the names of places and information from death certificates are given according to the rules of the Polish language.
Not only residents of the city were buried in the new Jewish cemetery in Brzesko, but also Jews from other towns, belonging, among others, to the metrical districts in Czchów, Szczurowa, and Radłów. In many cases, death certificates have not survived, but wherever this information was available, we provide the appropriate information.