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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]

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)

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.

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401 WOROSZYLOVGRAD, LUGANSK: (Russian) see Lugansk
402 WOLOWE: (Russian) see Mezhgorye
403 WOLOWA: (Hebrew) see Mezhgorye
404 WOLKOWINZY: (Ukraine) see Volkovintsy
405 WOLKOWINZ: (Polish) see Volkovintsy
406 WOJNILOW: (Hungarian) see Voynilov
407 WLODZIMIERZ WOLYNSKY: (German) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
408 WLODZIMIERZ WOLYNSKI: (Hebrew) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
409 WLODZIMIERZ: (Hungarian) see Vladimir Volinskiy
410 WLADIMITETS: (German) see Vladimirets
411 WLADIMIRETS: (German) see Vladimirets
412 WJASOWKA: (Ukraine) see Vyazovka
413 WIZNITZ: (Hungarian) see Vizhnitsa
414 WISOTSK: (German) see Visotsk
415 WISNIOWIEC: (Slov) see Vishnevets
416 WISHNIEVICZE: (Hungarian and Ukraine) see Vishnevets
417 WINOGRADOW: (Czech) see Vinogradov
418 WINOGRADOV: (Czech) see Vinogradov
419 WINNIZA: (Ukraine) see Vinitsa
420 WINNITSA: (Polish) see Vinitsa
421 WINNICA: (Yiddish) see Vinitsa
422 WIEZNITS: (Hungarian) see Vizhnitsa
423 WIELEDNIKI: (Polish) see v. Noviye Veledniky
424 WIELEDNIK: (Polish) see v. Noviye Veledniky
425 WIBRANUWKA: (German) see Vybranovka
426 WHITE FIELD: (English) see Belaya Tserkov
427 WERBOWEZ: (German) see Verbovets
428 WELEDNIKI: (Ukraine) see Noviye Veledniky
429 WAVKOVIEZE: (Hungarian) see Varkovichi
430 WASHKOUTS: (German) see Vashkovtsy WASHKOUTS: (Polish) see Vashkovtsy 275600
431 WARKOWIZIERE: (Yiddish) see Varkovichi
432 WARKOVIEZE: (Hungarian, Ukraine and Yiddish) see Varkovichi
433 WAREZ MIASTO: (Polish) see Varyazh
434 WAREZ: (German) see Varyazh
435 WALEDOZULOWO: (Polish) see Dolinskoye
436 WACHNOWKA: (Polish) see Vakhnovka
437 VYSOTSK
438 VYSOKOPOL'YE
439 VYSHKUV: (Yiddish) see v. Wyshkov
440 VYSHKOV
441 VYSHINSKOGO ST.: (Yiddish) see Ostrog
442 VYNOHRADIV: see Vinogradnoye
443 VYLOK: (German) see Vilok
444 VYBRANOVKA
445 VYAZOVKA
446 VOZNESENSK
447 VOYNILOV
448 VOZNESSENSK: (German) see Voznesensk
449 VOLYNKA
450 VOSHKAVITCH: (Yiddish) see Vashkovtsy and Vashkovtsy 275600
451 VORONOVITSA
452 VONIGOVO: Tiachivskiy rayon of Zakarpats'ka oblast
453 VOLOVO: (Polish) see Mezhgorye
454 VOLOVE: (Czech) see Mezhgorye
455 VOLOSHE VERBECH
456 VOLODARSKOE: (Russian) see Volodarsk-Volynsk
457 VOLODARSKE: (English and Ukraine) see Volodarsk-Volynsk
458 VOLODARSK-VOLYNSK
459 VOLODARSK: (English) see Volodarsk-Volynsk
460 VOLODARKA: Volodarskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
461 VOLOCHISK, Volochys'k, Wolotschysk, Wołoczyska .
462 VOLKOVTSY: see SUDILKOV
463 VOLKOVINTSY
464 VOLKOVINTSI: (Cemetery) see Podolia Guberniya
465 VOLLCHISK
466 VOJNILOW: (Czech) see Voynilov
467 VOINILOV: (German) see Voynilov
468 VLODZMYERZ: (Ukraine) see Vladimir-volynskiy
469 VLODZIMIERZ: (German and Hungarian) see Vladimir volinskiy
470 VLODIMIRETZ: (Yiddish) see Vladimirets
471 VLADNIK: (Russian) see Noviye Veledniky
472 VLODZMYERZ: (Ukraine) see Vladimir-volynskiy
473 VLODZIMIERZ: (German and Hungarian) see Vladimir Volinskiy
474 VLODIMIRETZ: (Yiddish) see Vladimirets
475 VLADIMIRETS
476 VLADIMIR VOLYNSKIY
477 VLADIMIR-VOLINSKI: (English) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
478 VLADIMIR VOLYNSKEY: (Yiddish) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
479 VLADIMIR VOLINSKI: (Czech) see Vladimir Volinskiy
480 VIZNITS: (Polish and Yiddish) see Vizhnitsa
481 VIZHNITSA: VYZHNYTSYA, VIJNIŢA, WIZNITZ , VIZHNITZ WYŻNICA , WISCHNITZ, WISCHNITZA, VYZHNYTSIA, VIZSHNITZ, VIZNITS
482 VISOTZK: (German and Yiddish) see Vysotsk
483 VISOTSK
484 VISOTSK: (Yiddish) see Vysotsk
485 VISNI BYSTRY: (Hungarian) see Verknyaya Bystra
486 VISHNYOVYETS: (Polish) see Vishnevets
487 VISHNYA
488 VISHNIVITZ: (Slov) see Vishnevets
489 VISHNIETS: (German) see Vishnevets
490 VISNI BYSTRY: (Hungarian) see Verknyaya Bystra
491 VISHNI BYSTRY: see VERKHNYAYA
492 VISHNEVITS: (Yiddish) see Vishnevets
493 VISHNEVETS
494 VISHNEVETS: (Yiddish) see Stariy Vishnevets
495 VISHIETS: (German) see Vishnevets
496 VINOGRADOV
497 VINOGRADNOYE
498 VINNITSA [VINNITSA, VINITZA, WINNICA, WINNYZJA, VINNITZA, VINNYCJA, WINNITSA, WINNIZA, VINITSE
499 VINITZA: (Russian) see Vinitsa
500 VINITSA
 
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