Ukraine: new ESJF survey/monitoring of Jewish cemeteries to begin

Jewish cemetery in Sataniv (2006)

Jewish cemetery in Sataniv, Ukraine (2006)

 

The European Jewish Cemetery Initiative (ESJF) reports that it is about to begin a “vast system of surveys and monitoring” of Jewish burial sites in Ukraine. The survey, it says in a Facebook post, will entail an estimated 1,500-2,000 sites.

The aim, it says, is “to create the first ever comprehensive and up-to-date repository and listing of Jewish cemeteries across Ukraine” with monitoring a surveys “backed up by a research team checking historical records of Ukraine’s Jewish communities, most of which were destroyed in the Shoah.”

The last major survey of this sort was carried out between 1995 and 2000 on behalf of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, which identified about 1,500 sites. This survey was published in 2005 and probably remains the most comprehensive to date — click here for a downloadable PDF.

In a related development, ESJF in its FB post expressed gratitude to the Mayor of Kyiv Vitaly Klitschko who, in his capacity as Chairman of the Association of Ukrainian Cities and the All-Ukrainian Association of Local Self-Government Bodies, sent an official letter to “mayors and local authorities across Ukraine asking them to assist the ESJF in providing materials leading to the protection of Jewish cemeteries under their jurisdiction.”

ESJF called this  “a major contribution to the protection of Jewish heritage in Ukraine.”

 

Etched portraits in the Jewish cemetery in Sharhorod, Ukraine

Etched portraits in the Jewish cemetery in Sharhorod, Ukraine

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Ukraine: new ESJF survey/monitoring of Jewish cemeteries to begin

  1. All of the remaining cemeteries in Zarkarpatt’ska oblasr (Transcarpathia region) were photographed and all remaining tombstones were photographed and transcribed. The information was very helpful to updating the records of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.

    • Does this include Kolomyja, Ottynier, and Pechenizhen? This is all wonderful to here. I am hopeful to attend the Iajgs 2018 conference in Poland in 2018 and visit some of the cemeteries in hopes of locating some of my great great grandparents, etc. Thank you.

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