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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]

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

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 Samuel Gruber; 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 turbulent past saw sovereignty pass between Poland, Russia and other nations, but has a rich history: one Crimean tribe converting to Judaism in the eighth century, the first shtetls built by Jews working for Polish aristocrats (18th century), and rise of Hasidism. The Germans murdered 1.4 million of the two million Jews. Communism then suppressed religious life of those that survived. Despite this, Ukraine is now home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe (100,000-300,000). Some 1500 Jewish heritage sites published by the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (2005)


  • 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
1301 NEGRIVITS: see Negrovets
1302 NEGREVIZ: see Negrovets
1303 NAVASELICZA: see Novoselice
1304 NARODITCH: see Narodichi
1305 NARODICI: see Narodichi
1307 NARINSK: see Norinsk
1311 NARAJIV: Ternepol Oblast
1313 NANKIF: see Nankovo
1314 NAGY BEREG: see Beregi
1315 NADYSZOLLOS: see Vinogradov
1316 NADWORNA: see Nadvornaya
1317 NADVORNAYA: see Nadvirna
1318 NADVORNA: see Nadvornaya
1320 LYUDVOPOL: see Sosnovoye
1321 LYUDVILPOL: see Sosnovoye
1322 LYUBOML [Libevne, Lubomi, Liubomil, , Libovne ]
1325 LYSETS: see Lisets
1326 LYSIEC, LYSIEC STARY: see Lisets
1327 LYSIATYCZE: see Lisyatychy
1328 LYANTSGORUND: see Zarichanka
1329 LWOW: see Lvov
1330 LVOVO
1331 lwow, LVIV ( Lovov, Lemburg, LEOPOL , Lemberi, k):
1332 LVIV: see Lvov
1333 LUZK: see Lutsk
1334 LUYTZK: see Lutsk
1335 LUYTSK VILKA: see Lutsk
1336 LUYSK VILKA: see Lutsk
1338 LUTZK: see Lutsk
1339 LUTSK: Luts'k , Lucxck, Łuck ,Lutzk , Luzk
1342 LUBON: see Luben-Velikiy
1343 LUBNY
1345 LOPATYN: see Lopatin
1346 LIPECKA PALANA: see Lipsha
1347 LIPCSEMEZO: see Lipsha
1349 LIPCA: see Lipsha and Lipshe
1350 LIDVINKA: see Iosipovka
1351 LUKVITSA: see Prislup
1352 LUKOV: see Selets
1353 LUKIV: see Turiysk
1354 LUKACH: see Lokachi
1355 LUKA village: used the cemetery at Kovshevataya
1356 LUHIN: see Luginy
1357 LUHANSK: see Lugansk
1358 LUGOSCH: see Lugansk
1359 LUGOS: see Lugansk
1360 LUGOJ: see Lugansk
1361 LUGINY:
1362 LUDOMIR: see Vladimir Volynskiy
1363 LUDNIE: see Lubny
1364 LUCZYN NOWY: see Tuchin
1365 LUCK: see Lutsk
1366 LUBOMI: see Lyuboml
1367 LUBNIE: see Lubny
1368 LUBEN: see Lubny
1370 LUBASHEVKA: see Lyubashevka
1371 LUBAR
1372 LOZYANS'KIY: see lozansky
1373 LUBASHOVKA: see Lyubashevka
1374 LOVYN: see Lubny
1375 LONOVITSE: see Lanovtsy
1376 LOKHVITZA: see Lokhvitsa
1377 LOKATCHI: see Lokachi
1379 LOKACHE: see Lokachi
1380 LOKACH: see Lokachi
1381 LUDVINKA, YUZEFPOL see Iosipovka
1382 LODOMERIA: see Vladimir-Volynskiy
1383 LODMER, LADIMIR, LUDMER: see Vladimir Vohlinskiy
1384 LOCWITCA: see Lokhvitsa
1385 LOCHWICA: see Lokhvitsa
1386 LOCHVITSA: see Lokhvitsa
1387 LOBACZOVKA: see Lobachyovka
1389 LJUDNOPOL: see Sosnovoye
1390 LIZOGUBOVA SLOBODA: see Yagotin
1391 LIUBOMIL: see Lyuboml
1392 LITOVSKY-VITOVTOVA: see Berislav
1393 LISNOVKA: see Lishnyovka
1394 LISITZ, LYSETS: see Lisets
1396 LISHNIVKA: see Lishnyovka
1397 LISHNIOVKA: see Lishnyovka
1398 LISETS:
1399 LISANSK: see Iozansky
1400 LIPOWIEC: see Lipovets
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