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Map of Ukraine [February 2009]

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.

[UPDATE] Ukraine-Israel Community Information/Pictures of Cemteries and more [October 2017]

    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 ROZHIV: Makarivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
1002 ROZDOL [Razdol, Rozdul, Rosdil, Rozdil, Rozdil, Rozla]: Zaporiz ka oblast
1003 ROWNE: (Hungarian, Polish and Yiddish) see Rovno
1004 ROVNO
1005 ROVNE: (Ukraine) see Rovno
1006 ROTIN: (Czech and Hungarian) see Rogatin
1009 ROSHTADT: (Russian) see Porechye
1010 ROPTIN: (Czech) see Rogatin
1011 ROMNY
1012 ROMEN: (Ukraine) see Romny
1013 ROMANOV: (Polish and Ukraine) see Romaniv
1015 ROKHIV: (Ukraine) see Rakhov
1016 ROHATYN: (German and Hungarian) see Rogatin
1017 ROHATIN: (German and Yiddish) see Rogatin
1018 ROGUZKA-CHECHELNITSKAYA: (Polish) see Olgopol
1019 ROGATIN: Rohatyn, Rohatin, Rogatin , Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
1020 ROGACHEV: see Rahachow
1021 RIVNE: (Ukraine) see Rovno
1022 RITZOV: (Russian) see Gritsev
1023 RISILIVTSI: (Ukraine) see v. Rosolovtsy and Rosolovtsy
1024 RIMALOV: (Russian) see Grimaylov
1025 REPKY
1026 REPKO
1027 REPKI
1028 RENI
1029 RCHICHTCHEV: (Ukraine) see Rzhishchev
1030 RAYGROD: (German) see Raigorod
1032 RAYDANSKOYE: see v. Raydanskoye
1033 RAY
1034 RAWA: (German) see Rava-Russkaya
1035 RAWA-RYSKA: (Polish) see Rava-Russkaya
1036 RAVI: (others) see Rava-Russkaya
1039 RAKASZ: (Hungarian) see Rokosov
1040 RAJ: see RAY
1043 RAHO: (Hebrew) see Rakhov
1044 RAFOLOWKA: (Hungarian) see Staraya Rafalovka
1045 RAFALOWKA: (Yiddish) see Rafalovka and Staraya Rafalovka
1048 RADZIECHOW: (Polish) see Radekhov
1049 RADZEHOV: (German) see Radekhov
1050 RADYANSKOE: (1922-1955) (Ukraine) see Solnechnoe
1054 RACHOV: (Czech) see Rakhov
1055 RACHEV: (Russian) see Rakhov
1056 PYESCHANKA: see Peschanka
1057 PYCSCHANKA: see Peschanka
1059 PYATIGORY: Tetiivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
1060 PUTYLA: see Putila
1062 PULMO: see Lyuboml
1063 PUKIV: see Kosov
1064 PRZYSLUP: see Prislup
1065 PRZYLUKI: see Priluki
1066 PRZLYKI: see Priluki
1067 PRZLUKI: see Priluki
1068 PRZEMYSLANY: see Peremyshlayny
1069 PRZEMISLANI: see Peremyshlayny
1071 PROSKUROV: see Podolia Guberniya
1072 PROSKOROV: see Chmielnitsky
1073 PROSKOPOL: see Zhuravniki
1074 PROLETARSKAYA: see Kremenchug
1075 PROLETARSKAYA ST.: see Krolevets
1077 PROBISHTA: see Pogrebishche
1079 PRIYIDNAYA: see Priyutnoye
1082 PRILESTNOYE: used Gorodok
1083 PRCYLUKI: see Priluki
1084 POZHEV: see Rozhiv
1085 POWOLOCH: see Pavoloch
1086 POVOLOCH: see Pavoloch
1088 POTOTSKOYE: see Severinovka
1089 POTIEVKA: see Chernyahov
1090 POTCHAYEW: see Pochayev
1091 POTCHAYEV: see Pochaev
1094 POPOVKA: see Konotop
1095 POPIVTSI: see Popovtsi
1096 POMORZANY: See Pomoryany
1099 POMORIANY: see Pomoryany
1100 POLTAVA: Poltava region
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