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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
2101 FELSOEGREGY: see Agris (Oleshnik)
2102 FELSO BISZTRA: see Verknyaya Bystra
2104 FEKETE ARDO: see Chernotisov
2105 FASTIV: Kievskaya
2106 FALN SZLATINA: see Solotvina
2108 EUVPATORIA: see Eypatoaria
2109 ERGESH: see Agris (oleshnik)
2110 EMILTCHINA: see Emilchino
2112 ELIZABETGROD: see Kirovograd
2114 ELIHOVIZ: see Elikhovichi
2115 ELICHOWICE: see Elikhovichi
2116 ELANSK: see Balta
2120 DZHINESTRA: see Odessa
2121 ROMANIV: Zhitomirskaya
2122 DIMER: see Dymer
2123 DUNEWITZ: see Dunayivtsy
2124 DUNAYEVITZ: see Dunayivtsy
2125 DUNAY-GOROD: see Dunaevtsy
2126 DUNAJEVCY: see Dunayivtsy
2127 DUNAIJEVTCY: see Dunayivtsy
2129 DUNAEV: used the cemetery at Pomoryany
2130 DUMANOVKA: see Domanevka
2131 DUBROWICA: see Dubrovitsa
2132 DUBROVKA: see Novograd-Volinskiy
2133 DUMANEVKA: see Domanevka
2134 DUBROVIZA: see Dubrovitsa
2136 DUBNO
2137 DUBNA: see Dubno
2138 DRUZKOPOL: see Zhuravniki and Zhuravniki
2140 DRUSHKOPOL: see Zhuravniki
2143 DROSHKOPOL: see Zhuravniki
2144 DROHOBYTSCH: see Drogobych
2145 DROHOBYCZ: see Drogobych
2147 DRASHKOPLA: see Zhuravniki
2148 DRAHOVO: see v. Dragovo
2149 DRAHOVA: see Dragovo
2150 DRAHIV: see Dragovo
2152 DRADISK: see Gradisk
2154 DOVBISH: may be buried at Kamenniy Brod
2155 DOSHA: see Dashev
2157 DONETSK [Yuzovka, Stalino, Józówka, Donec'k, Stalin, Jusowka, Yuzovo, Hughesovka]
2158 DOMOSZYN: see Kamenka-Bugskaya
2159 DOMONOVKA: see Domanevka
2160 DOMONOVCA: see Domanevka
2161 DOMANOVKA: see Domanevka
2162 DOMANOVCA: see Domanevka
2163 DOMANIVKA: see Domanevka
2164 DERAZHNIA: see Derazhnya
2168 DEMIDUVKA: see Demidovka
2169 DOLY SLATINSKI: see Solotvinabr
2170 DEMIDOWKA: see Demidovka
2173 DELIATIN: see Delyatin
2174 DELJIER:see Dmitriyevka
2175 DELATYN: see Delyatin
2176 DASZOW: see Dashev
2177 DASHIEV: see v. Dashev
2179 DASEV: see Dashev
2182 CZUDZIN: see Chudin (Mezhirechye)
2183 CZUDYN: see Chudin (Mezhirechye)
2184 CZORTKOW STARY: see Chortkiv
2185 CZORTKOW: see Chortkiv
2186 CZETWIERTNIA: see Chetvertnya
2187 CZERNIHOW: see Chernigov
2188 CZERNIHOV: see Chernigov
2189 CZECZELNIK: see Chechelnik
2190 CUDNOW: see Chudnov
2191 CUDNOV: see Chudnov
2192 DOLISHNIE: see Berezdovtsy
2193 COZMENI: see Kitsman
2194 COTMAN: see Kitsman
2195 COSTESTI: see Konstintsy
2196 COPAIGOROD: see Kopaygorod
2198 CIUDEIU: see Chudin (Mezhirechye)
2199 CIERNA:
2200 CICELNIC: see Chechelnik
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