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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 

BOOKS ABOUT UKRAINE:

  • 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.

BOOKS ABOUT CRIMEA:

  • 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
301 ZOZOW: Kiev (Zoziv, Zozhev)
302 ZOLTANCE: (Yiddish) see v. Zhovtnevoye
303 ZOLOTOY POTOK: Ternopilska Oblast[ Zolotyy Potik, Zolotoy Potіk, Zolotoy Potok, Potok Złoty, Potek-Zolti, Zolotyj Potik, Potok.]
304 Zołotonsza, Золотоноша, Poltava region
305 ZOLOCHEV (Zolochiv, Solotschiw, and Zlochev, Zlochuv, Zlotchev, Zolociv, ZŁOCZÓW) : Lviv oblast
306 ZOLKIEW: (Polish) see Zhovkva
307 ZOF'YUVKA: Ivano-Frankovisk [Zofyuvka, Trokhymbrid,, Sofievka, Sofiovka, Sofiyevka, Trochenbrod, Trochinbrod, Trokhinbrod, Trochimbrod, Trokhnibrod, Zofiówka, Zofiuvka]
308 ZOFYVKA: (Polish) see Zof'yuvka
309 ZOFYUVKA: (German) see Zof'yuvka
310 ZOFIEVKA: (German) see Bahov
311 ZNAMENKA [ZNAM"YANKA, Знам'янка ,ZNAMENKA and Знаменка, , ZNAM'JANKA, SNAMENKA, ZNAMENKA PERVAYA, ZNOMENKA: , Vodyane
312 ZNAMENKA: (Russian and Yiddish) see Bolshaya Znamenka
313 ZMERINKA: (Russian and Ukraine) see Zhmerinka
314 ZLOTSCHEV: (German) see Zolochev
315 ZLOCZOW: (Polish) see Zolochev
316 ZIVOTOV: (German) see Novozhivotov
317 ZIVATOV: (Yiddish) see Novozhivotov
318 ZINOWJEWSK: (others) see Kirovograd
319 ZINOWJEWSK, ZINOVYEVSK: (Ukraine) see Kirovograd
320 ZINKOW: (Yiddish) see Zenkov 315130
321 ZINKOW: (Hungarian) see Zenkov
322 ZINKOV
323 ZINKOV: (Cemetery) see Podolia Guberniya
324 ZINKIV: (Ukraine) see Zenkov
325 ZIENKOW: (Slov) see Zenkov
326 ZIENKOV: (German) see Zenkov 315130 and Zenkov
327 ZIDACHOV: (German) see Zhidachiv
328 ZHVANETS
329 ZHVANTCHIK: (Polish) see Velikiy Zhvanchik
330 ZHVANCIK: (German) see Velikiy Zhvanchik
331 ZHVANCHIK: (Yiddish) see Velikiy Zhvanchik
332 ZHURAVNO
333 ZHYDOVTSY: see V. RADVYANSKOE found under Radvyanskoe.
334 ZHURAVNIKI
335 ZHOVTNEVOYE
336 ZHOVTNEVO: (Ukraine) see Zhovtnevoye
337 ZHOVTANTSY
338 ZHOVKVA [ŻÓŁKIEW, ZHOLKVA, NESTEROW, ZALKOVE, ZALKVA, ZHOLKEV, ZHOLKVE, ZHULKEV, ZHULKYEV, Z'OLKIV. SCHOWKWA, ZHOLKEVA, NESTEROV]
339 ZHORNISCHE
340 ZHMERINKA: ZHMERYNKA, ZMIERZYNKA . Vinnytsya oblast
341 ZHITOMIR
342 ZHISHCHUV: (German) see Rzhishchev
343 ZHILINTSY: see SUDILKOV
344 ZHIDACHOV: (German) see Zhidachiv
345 ZHIDACHIV
346 ZHEZHELEV
347 ZHERAVNE: (German) see Zhuravno
348 ZHELUDEK
349 ZHADOVE
350 ZHABOKRITCH: (Ukraine) see Zhabokrichi
351 ZHABOKRICHI [ZHABOKRYCH ,HABOKRITCH [YID], ŻABOKRZYCZ, SCHABOKRITSCH, ZABOKRYC/[
352 ZENKOV
353 ZELENIY YAR
354 ZELENAYA DUBRAVA
355 ZELENA DIBROVA: (Ukraine) see Zelenaya Dubrava
356 ZEDECHOYV, ZIDICHEV: (others) see Zhidachiv
357 ZEDECHOYV: (Polish) see Zhidachiv
358 ZDOLBUNOW: (Russian and Yiddish) see Zdolbunov
359 ZDOLBUNOV
360 ZAWALOW: see BEREZHANY and ZAVALIV
361 ZAVALOV: see BEREZHANY and ZAVALIV
362 ZAVALIV
363 ZASTAZNA: see Zastavna
364 ZASTAVKA: see Zastavna
365 ZASTAVNA [ZASTAWNA , ZASTAVKA] Chernivtsi oblast
366 ZASLAW: see IZYASLAV
367 ZASLAV: see IZYASLAV
368 ZARUDINTSY
369 KOMARNO [КОМАРНО]: Horodok Raion, Lviv Oblast
370 ZARNOWCE: (Hungarian) see Zhornishche
371 ZARICHANKA
372 ZAPOROZIA: (Czech) see Zaporozhye
373 ZAPOROZHYE
374 ZAPOROZHIA: (Czech and Hungarian) see Zaporozhye
375 ZAPOROZHE: (Hungarian and Polish) see Zaporozhye
376 ZAPOROZE: (Hungarian and Polish) see Zaporozhye
377 ZAPORIZHIA: (German) see Zaporozhye
378 ZAPOEOZE: (German and Yiddish) see Zaporozhye
379 ZAPOEOZE: (German and Yiddish) see Zaporozhye
380 ZAMCHISKO: see Raigorodok
381 ZAGNITKOV
382 ZDANISHKOVKA: see VOLOCHYSK
383 ZABOLOTIV: (Ukraine) see Zabolotov
384 ZABLUTOV: (Hungarian) see Zabolotov
385 ZABLOTOW, ZABLOTUV: (German) see Zabolotov
386 ZABOLOTIV (ZABŁOTÓW, ZABLOTIV, ZABOLOTOV, ZABLOTOV, ZABLUTOV, ZABLOTUV, ZABOLOTYIV): Sniatyn Raion of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
387 ZABOLOTIV: (Ukraine) see Zabolotov
388 ZABOKRITCH
389 YUZEFPOL: (Polish) see v. Isipovka
390 YUZEFOVKA: (Polish) see Yosipovka
391 YUZEFGROD: (German) see Balta
392 YUTCHIN: (Czech and Hungarian) see Tuchin
393 YUSEFGOROD: (Polish) see Balta
394 YURKOVKA
395 YULIVTSY
396 YUDENDORF: 1897-1927 (Yiddish) see v. Chkalovo
397 YUCZYN, YUCZYN NOWY: (Hungarian) see Tuchin
398 YUCZYN: (Yiddish) see Tuchin
399 YOSYPIVKA: (Ukraine) see v. Iosipovka
400 YOSIPOVKA
 
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