The discovery was made during the renovation works of the Market Square in the city of Lezajsk.
More of150 Jewish tombstones, used by the Germans during World War II to build a road, were recently found in the Polish city of Lezajsk, the Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments reported last Friday.
The discovery was made during the renovation works of the Market Square, when workers removed a layer of asphalt and found some tombstones, known in Hebrew as ‘matzevá’, 20 centimeters below the surface, whichcovered a stretch of road of almost 30 meters.
According to a report by the agency, cited by local media, the Nazi authorities fixed the road system in that part of the city, established new neighborhoods and covered the main square with dirt and debris.The tombstones of the Jewish cemetery were used to stabilize the surface, mainly on roads and sidewalks.
In addition, the experts stressed that, despite the partial destruction of the Jewish cemetery,the polychromy of the ‘matzevá’ was preserved. «The colors of the inscriptions: blue, green, yellow and red, are clear and vivid. The ornaments are perfectly visible: crowns, chandeliers, flowers, lions, hands ”, explained the archaeologist Ewa Kedzierska.
The find was predicted by local archaeologists, as similar discoveries had previously occurred in the same area. However, the number of headstonessurprised the specialists. “We were hoping to find some because 19 years ago‘ matzevá ’were also found during the construction of a roundabout in the center of Lezajsk. But no one expected such a number. There are more than 150 and they have not all been withdrawn yet, ”Kedzierska revealed, The First News reports.
At the moment, the tombstones were placed on a plot of the City Hall in Lezajsk.