Alternate names: Donets'k-Донецьк [Ukr], Donetsk-Донецк, [Rus, since 1961], Yuzovka-Юзовка [Rus, until 1924], Stalino [Rus, 1924-61], Józówka [Pol], Donezk [Ger], Donec'k, Stalin, Jusowka, Yuzovo, Hughesovka. 48°00' N, 37°48' E, 133 miles ESE of Dnipropetrovsk (Ekaterinoslav). 1900 Jewish population: 3,168. Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), III, p. 616: "Józówka". [September 2009]
Jewish Community. Jewish history. [September 2009]
DONETSK: US Commission No. UA04030101
Donetsk is located in Donetskaya, 800km from Kiev. The cemetery is located at v. Mushketovo. Present town population is over 100,000 with over 10,000 Jews.
The earliest known Jewish community was 1990s with last known Hasidic Jewish burial 1994. No other towns or villages used this unlandmarked cemetery. The urban flat land, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all. A broken fence with a gate that locks surrounds the site. More than 5000 stones, most in original location with less than 25% are toppled or broken, date from 20th century. Location of removed stones is unknown. Some tombstones have traces of painting on their surfaces, portraits on stones, and/or metal fences around graves. The cemetery contains marked mass graves. The municipality owns property. Adjacent properties are "other." The cemetery boundaries are larger now than 1939. Private visitors (Jewish or non-Jewish) and local residents visit occasionally. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last 10 years. Jewish individuals within country did re-erection of stones, patching broken stones, cleaning stones and clearing vegetation. Now, there is occasional clearing or cleaning by authorities. Within the limits of the cemetery are a pre-burial house with catafalque and other structures. Vegetation overgrowth is a constant problem, disturbing graves and damaging stones. Serious threat: uncontrolled access and vegetation. Moderate threat: pollution. Slight threat: vandalism.
- Town officials: City Soviet Pibak V.V. of 930388.
Tsiputkin Grigoriy Efimovich of Donetsk-52, Vladiganskogo Street 36 Apt. 24 [Phone: 956936] visited on 5/9/94. Interviewed was Alter Mihail Savelevich on 6/12/94 and Kabo Aleksandr Izraelevich. He completed survey on 06/28/1994.