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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.

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