Cemetery in Pinsk along Spokoynaya Street
A photo catalog of the burials of this cemetery is available at the link
There were several Jewish cemeteries in Pinsk. One of them was located near the Shkolnyi Dvor. The People of Pinsk called him "Pokopisha", "Spokopishche". The very first one was built at the beginning of the 16th century, it was located between Zavalnaya and Kotlyarskaya streets. Zvi Hirsh, who was the son of the Tzadik Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidism, is buried there. During Soviet times, the cemetery was destroyed.
The Hasidic cemetery was located along Pushkina Street. Ezer Weizman, whose son became the first president of Israel, is buried there, as well as representatives of the famous Levin and Lurie families.
Only the historical cemetery on Spokoynaya Street has survived. Since 1993 it has been a memorial necropolis. Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, soldiers of the First and Second World Wars were buried on its territory.
The first burials of the Catholic part of the necropolis appeared at the beginning of the 19th century. Some tombstones and fences of the 19th - early 20th centuries are distinguished by a high artistic level. Valuable materials were used for them. Tombstones were created by sculptors, stone cutters, casters and blacksmiths.
This cemetery contains the graves of famous people of Pinsk: Helena Skyrmunt, Josephine Kuzhanetskaya, representatives of the Butrimovich and Oginsky families. Religious and political figures, writers, artists, participants in the uprisings found eternal rest in the cemetery. Since many graves became nameless, and there were no relatives buried, the burial places began to be reused, like the soldiers' graves of the First World War.
Until 1939, up to 5000 graves could be counted here, and in 1997 - only 500.
Parts of the cemetery where Catholics and Orthodox are buried are separated by Spokoynaya Street. Jewish burials were located along Telephonnaya Street. Due to the growth of the city, they were closed in 1961. Through the efforts of local historians, a catalog of monuments and burials of the Jewish part of the cemetery was created. The catalog contains the names of the buried, their dates of birth and death. Mostly these are people born in the late 19th century.
It has been forbidden to bury the dead in the cemeteries along Spokoynaya Street since 1977.