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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.
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    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.

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# Burial Location
102 BIL'CHE ZOLOTE: Tarnapol
103 Olejowa Korolowka: see Oleyevo-Korolevka
104 Korolivka: see Oleyevo-Korolevka
105 Korolovka: see Oleyevo-Korolevka
106 Kiemieliszki: Khmelnytskyy
107 Płoskirow: Khmelnytskyy
108 Kimlishuk: see Khmelnytskyy
109 Proskurov: Khmelnytskyy
110 Chmelnitski: Khmelnytskyy
111 Chmielnicki: Khmelnytskyy
112 Khmelnitskiy: Khmelnytskyy
113 Charkow: see Kharkiv
114 LABUN: see Yurpvshyna
115 Batscheve: CHABANYVKA
116 Tschabaniwka: CHABANYVKA
117 Chabanowka: Chabanyvka
118 BATCHIVE: Chabanyvka
119 BACOVO: see Chabanyvka
121 DAVIDKOVA SZTAROJE: Stare Daydkovo
122 Kleina Davidkif: see STAREDAVUDKOVO
124 Baki: see BUKY
125 Borodzianka: see BORODJANKA
126 Barodeinka: see BORODJANKA
127 Borodyanka: see BORODJANKA
128 Boryspol: see BORYSPIL
129 Borysopol: see BORYSPIL
130 Borispol: see BORYSPIL
131 Browary: see BROVARY
132 Ignatovka: see HNATIVKA
133 Anatovka: Anetovka: see HNATIVKA
134 Gornastaypol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
135 Gornostipol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
136 Hornistopol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
137 Gornostaypol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
138 Rebinke: see HREBINKY
139 Hrebionki: see HREBINKY
140 Hrebenky: see HREBINKY
141 Grebënki: see HREBINKY
142 Kovshevatoe: see KIVSHOVATA
143 KOZIN: see KOZYN
144 Kaganovichi: see POLISKE
145 Kaganowitsch: see POLISKE
146 Khabnoye: see POLISKE
147 Chabnoje: see POLISKE
148 Chabne: see POLISKE
149 Chabna: see POLISKE
150 Khabno: see POLISKE
151 Kaganovich: see POLISKE
152 Polesskoye: see Poliske
153 Orzistchov: see Rzhyshchiv
154 Irzyszczów: see Rzhyshchiv
155 Tripolye: see Trypillya
156 Tripole: see Trypillya
157 Trypol: see Trypillya
158 Wassylkiw: see Vasylkiv
159 Wasilkow: see Vasylkiv
160 Vasilikov: see Vasylkiv
161 VASILKOV: see Vasylkiv
162 Woronkow: see Voronkiv
163 VORONKOV: see Voronkiv
165 YASNOGORODKA: see Yasnohorodka
168 KAMIONKA: see Kamjanka
169 KAMIANKA: see Kamjanka
170 KAMJANKA: Cherkas'ka Oblast
171 YASNOHORODKA: Makarivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
172 YAHOTYN: Yahotynskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
173 VORONKIV: Boryspilskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
174 VASYLKIV : Vasylkivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
175 TRYPILLIA: Obukhivskyi Raion,Kyiv Oblast
176 RZHYSHCHIV: Rzhyschiv City, Kyiv Oblast
178 POLISKE: Poliskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
179 Obukhov: see Obukhiv
180 MEDVYN: see Medvin
181 Shcherbashintsi: see MEDVIN
182 KYYEV: see KIYEV
183 KOZYN: Myronivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
184 KIVSHOVATA: Taraschanskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
185 HREBINKY: Vasylkivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
186 Gornostaypol: see Hornostaypil
187 Hornostajpol: see Hornostaypil
188 HORNOSTAJPIL: Ivankivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
189 HNATIVKA: Kirovohrads'ka raion, Kyiv oblast
190 GERMANOVKA: see Hermanivka
191 BROVARY: Brovarskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
192 BORYSPIL: KIEV oblast
193 BORYDYANKA: Borodianskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
194 KONELA: Cherkaska
195 BUKY: Cherkaska
196 BORODJANKA: Borodianskyi Raion, Kiev Oblast
197 BARYSHEVKA: see Baryshivka
198 BARYSHIVKA: Baryshivkyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
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