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Medieval Ukrainian lands were a loosely knit group of principalities. By the late 1300s, most Ukrainian lands were controlled by either the Grand Duchy of Lithuania or the Mongolian-Tatar Golden Horde. In 1569, the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania became the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Poland controlled Western Ukrainian lands while eastern Ukrainian was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. In 1772, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at which time several Ukrainian areas became part of Galicia, a province of Austria. By 1795, Austria controlled western Ukraine and Russia controlled eastern Ukraine. During the 1930s, all of western Ukraine was governed by either Poland and/or Czechoslovakia. By the end of WWI, Ukrainian territory was divided into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. In 1939 the Jewish population of Ukraine was 1.5 million (1,532,776) or 3% of the total population of Ukraine. One half to two thirds of the total Jewish population of Ukraine were evacuated, killed or exiled to Siberia. Ukraine lost more population per capita than any other country in the world in WW II. After WWII, the borders of the Ukrainian SSR expanded west, including those Ukrainian areas of Galicia. At the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Ukraine became an independent state. JewishGen's ShtetlSeeker references border changes of a given town with more information at JewishGen ShtetLinks for Ukrainian towns. [February 2009]

Ukraine SIG facilitates research of former Russian Empire Guberniyas now in Ukraine; Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava, Chernigov, Kharkov, Kherson, Taurida and Yekaterinoslav. [February 2009]

Wikipedia article: "History of the Jews of Ukraine" and The Virtual Jewish History Library- Ukraine [February 2009]

DONOR OF REPORTS: US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, 1101 Fifteenth Street, Suite 1040, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone 202-254-3824. Executive Director: Joel Barries. US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad supplied most Ukraine information. The data is alphabetical by the name of the town. The Ukrainian government has ordered an immediate and absolute moratorium on all construction or privatization of sites that have been identified as Jewish cemeteries either now or in the past. A Joint Cultural Heritage Commission to develop and agree on a comprehensive solution to preserve and protect Jewish cemeteries. Over 1000 individual sites have been described, which is estimated to be about one-half of the recoverable sites. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information and details about the report of the Commission. [Date?]

Historical Research Center for Western Ukrainian communities in all countries: "ZIKARON"

Ukraine Jewish community.

Jewish Cemeteries in Ukraine Report, Winter 1997-98

Ukraine's sovereignty passed between Poland, Russia and other nations. One Crimean tribe converted to Judaism in the eighth century. The first shtetls were built by Jews working for Polish aristocrats (18th century),  The Germans murderedSome 1500 Jewish heritage sites published by the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (2005)

Western Ukraine, Only a small remnant of its former Jewish population remains with L'viv and Chernivtsi each with about 6,000 Jews.  The majority of Jews in present-day Ukraine are native Russian/Ukrainian speakers, and only some of the elderly speak Yiddish as their mother tongue (in 1926, 76.1% claimed Yiddish as their mother tongue). The average age is close to 45. To find where records can be found, right click Archives Database, then Search Database. Activate Soundex and type in your ancestral town names.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies in the Ukraine: Chaim Freedman links to other interesting sites

Ukrainian Language, Culture and Travel with  photos of synagogues and memorials along with articles about Jewish culture 


  • Yizkor Books:
  1. Chelm, M. Bakalczuk-Felin, 1954, in Yiddish.
  2. Dnepropetrovsk-Yekaterinoslav, Harkavy and Goldburt, 1973, in Hebrew.
  3. Pinkas Hakehillot Poland, Volumes I-VII.
  • Frank, Ben G. A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia & Ukraine. Paperback (October 1999) Pelican Pub Co; ISBN: 1565543556
  • Gitelman, Zvi. Chapter The Jews of Ukraine and Moldova" published in Miriam Weiner's Jewish Roots in Ukraine
    and Moldova
    (see below) online.
  • Goberman, D. Jewish Tombstones in Ukraine and Moldova. Image Press, 1993. ISBN 5-86044-019-7) shows many interesting styles.
  • Greenberg, M. Graves of Tsadikim Justs in Russia. Jerusalem, 1989. 97 pages, illustrated, Hebrew and English. S2 89A4924. Notes: Rabbis tombstone restoration, no index, arranged by non-alphabetical town names.
  • Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, Washington: National Geographic, 2007
  • Ostrovskaya, Rita (Photographer), Southard, John S. and Eskildsen, Ute (Editor). Jews in the Ukraine: 1989-1994: Shtetls. Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN: 3893228527
  • Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories (The Jewish Genealogy Series). Routes to Roots Foundation/YIVO InstituteYIVO Institute; ISBN: 0965650812. see Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc.
  • BELGIUM: Contact Daniel Dratwa This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for books among the collection at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
  • ISRAEL: Tragger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997.
  • David Chapin, Plano, Texas This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it can answer questions about general structure of tombstones in this country.


  • Chwolson, D. Corpus inscriptionum hebraicarum (All the Hebrew Inscriptions). Hildesheim, 1974 (1st print: St. Petersburg, 1882). 527 pages, Latin title and German text. SB74B2774. Notes: 194 tombstones, 9th-15th centuries, based on Firkowiz's book scripture analysis.
  • Chwolson, D. Achtzehn hebraische Grabschiften aus der Krim (Eighteen Hebrew grave inscriptions in Crimea).. St. Petersburg, 1985 in "Memories de L'Academie Imperial de St. Petersburg", 7Šme, series, volume IX, no. 7, III XVIII, 528 pages, illustrated. [translation] of the author's Russian book s29V5256]. German text and Hebrew inscriptions. PV255, series 7, book 9, no.7. Notes: 18 tombstones, 6-960, scripture analysis based on Firkowiz's book.
  • Firkowiz, A. Y. Avnei zikaron behatsi ha'i krim, besela hayehudim bemangup, besulkat ubekapa (Jewish memorial stones in Crimea and in [the Caucasian towns of Mangup, Sulkat and Kapa [Theodesia). Vilnius, 1872. 256 pages, illustrated, Hebrew. 29V4818. Notes: 564 tombstones, 3-1842.
  • Harkavy, A.L. Alte juedusche Denmaeler aus der krim (The old Jewish monuments in Crimea),. St. Petersburg, 1876, X, 288 pages. German and Hebrew inscriptions. PV255, VII, 24/1. Notes: 261 inscriptions, 604-916?, scripture analysis based on Firkowiz's book.
  • Click the words "Burial Location" below to sort the page names alphabetically.

    The names will be sorted from Z to A.  Click a second time to see them listed from A to Z.   Our apologies for the unsorted condition of this list.  We hope to have the list appear in A to Z sort very soon.

    --IAJGS Jewish Cemetery Project Technical Staff.

Title Filter     Display # 
# Burial Location
1001 ROMANOV: (Polish and Ukraine) see Romaniv
1003 ROKHIV: (Ukraine) see Rakhov
1004 ROHATYN: (German and Hungarian) see Rogatin
1005 ROHATIN: (German and Yiddish) see Rogatin
1006 ROGUZKA-CHECHELNITSKAYA: (Polish) see Olgopol
1007 ROGATIN: Rohatyn, Rohatin, Rogatin , Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
1008 ROGACHEV: see Rahachow
1009 RIVNE: (Ukraine) see Rovno
1010 RITZOV: (Russian) see Gritsev
1011 RISILIVTSI: (Ukraine) see v. Rosolovtsy and Rosolovtsy
1012 RIMALOV: (Russian) see Grimaylov
1013 REPKY
1014 REPKO
1015 REPKI
1016 RENI
1017 RCHICHTCHEV: (Ukraine) see Rzhishchev
1018 RAYGROD: (German) see Raigorod
1020 RAYDANSKOYE: see v. Raydanskoye
1021 RAY
1022 RAWA: (German) see Rava-Russkaya
1023 RAWA-RYSKA: (Polish) see Rava-Russkaya
1024 RAVI: (others) see Rava-Russkaya
1027 RAKASZ: (Hungarian) see Rokosov
1028 RAJ: see RAY
1031 RAHO: (Hebrew) see Rakhov
1032 RAFOLOWKA: (Hungarian) see Staraya Rafalovka
1033 RAFALOWKA: (Yiddish) see Rafalovka and Staraya Rafalovka
1036 RADZIECHOW: (Polish) see Radekhov
1037 RADZEHOV: (German) see Radekhov
1038 RADYANSKOE: (1922-1955) (Ukraine) see Solnechnoe
1042 RACHOV: (Czech) see Rakhov
1043 RACHEV: (Russian) see Rakhov
1044 PYESCHANKA: see Peschanka
1045 PYCSCHANKA: see Peschanka
1047 PYATIGORY: Tetiivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
1048 PUTYLA: see Putila
1050 PULMO: see Lyuboml
1051 PUKIV: see Kosov
1052 PRZYSLUP: see Prislup
1053 PRZYLUKI: see Priluki
1054 PRZLYKI: see Priluki
1055 PRZLUKI: see Priluki
1056 PRZEMYSLANY: see Peremyshlayny
1057 PRZEMISLANI: see Peremyshlayny
1059 PROSKUROV: see Podolia Guberniya
1060 PROSKOROV: see Chmielnitsky
1061 PROSKOPOL: see Zhuravniki
1062 PROLETARSKAYA: see Kremenchug
1063 PROLETARSKAYA ST.: see Krolevets
1065 PROBISHTA: see Pogrebishche
1067 PRIYIDNAYA: see Priyutnoye
1070 PRILESTNOYE: used Gorodok
1071 PRCYLUKI: see Priluki
1072 POZHEV: see Rozhiv
1073 POWOLOCH: see Pavoloch
1074 POVOLOCH: see Pavoloch
1076 POTOTSKOYE: see Severinovka
1077 POTOK ZLOTY: see Zolotoy Potok
1078 POTIK: see Zolotoy Potok
1079 POTIEVKA: see Chernyahov
1080 POTEK ZOLTI: see Zolotoy Potok
1081 POTCHAYEW: see Pochayev
1082 POTCHAYEV: see Pochaev
1085 POPOVKA: see Konotop
1086 POPIVTSI: see Popovtsi
1087 POMORZANY: See Pomoryany
1090 POMORIANY: see Pomoryany
1091 POLTAVA: Poltava region
1094 POLONA: see Polonnoe
1096 POLNA: see Polonnoe
1097 POLIEN LIPSA: see Lipsha
1098 POKROVSKOYE: see Apostolovo
1099 POHYBRYSZCZE: see Pogrebishche
1100 POHREBYSZCZE: see Pogrebishche
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