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The first cemetery was located near what is today known as Kempfinowka Street (near Nowy Rynek). When in the 19th century a large wave of Jewish settlers moved to the town, a new cemetery was erected in Lipowa Street (next to the Catholic graveyard). During WWII the Nazis devastated the burial place and ordered the tombstones used to pave the city sidewalks and for the regulation of the small Rakowka River.

After the war the abandoned cemetery was turned into "a recreation area" by the municipal authorities. Dozens of larger matzevot were later stored in the cellar of the Helwig Manor, which is now the Regional Museum. Smaller pieces of the tombstones were used to build a memorial with a commemorative plaque.

One of the Holocaust survivors from Belchatow, Mr. Sharon, managed also to bury some pieces of matzevot near a monument in the former concentration camp Chelmno upon Ner, where the majority of the Jewish population from Belchatow (many thousands) were murdered by the Nazis.

  More information on http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Belchatow/