Polish Cemeteries.

Because it suffered more terrible tragedies in the 20th century than, perhaps, any other nation state, Poland is a country full of enormous cemeteries, cemeteries which go some way toward revealing the immense loss of life that took place during and following warfare. Inevitably, some of the photos below have an air of beauty, but we should not forget that some of the graves and the tombs mark the final resting place for people who were murdered, some for political reasons, some for reasons associated with sexuality or disability, but most for reasons associated with ethnicity. Of course, there are also the millions of Polish citizens who were never accorded a proper burial at all, but this, perhaps, is a story of even more tragic consequence.

Christian and Jewish cemeteries feature in the following photos, which derive from towns and cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Tarnow and Lodz.

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