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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.

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# Burial Location
501 VORONOVITSA
502 VONIGOVO: Tiachivskiy rayon of Zakarpats'ka oblast
503 VOLOVO: (Polish) see Mezhgorye
504 VOLOVE: (Czech) see Mezhgorye
505 VOLOSHE VERBECH
506 VOLODARSKOE: (Russian) see Volodarsk-Volynsk
507 VOLODARSKE: (English and Ukraine) see Volodarsk-Volynsk
508 VOLODARSK-VOLYNSK
509 VOLODARSK: (English) see Volodarsk-Volynsk
510 VOLODARKA: Volodarskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
511 VOLOCHISK, Volochys'k, Wolotschysk, Wołoczyska .
512 VOLKOVTSY: see SUDILKOV
513 VOLKOVINTSY
514 VOLKOVINTSI: (Cemetery) see Podolia Guberniya
515 VOLLCHISK
516 VOJNILOW: (Czech) see Voynilov
517 VOINILOV: (German) see Voynilov
518 VLODZMYERZ: (Ukraine) see Vladimir-volynskiy
519 VLODZIMIERZ: (German and Hungarian) see Vladimir volinskiy
520 VLODIMIRETZ: (Yiddish) see Vladimirets
521 VLADNIK: (Russian) see Noviye Veledniky
522 VLODZMYERZ: (Ukraine) see Vladimir-volynskiy
523 VLODZIMIERZ: (German and Hungarian) see Vladimir Volinskiy
524 VLODIMIRETZ: (Yiddish) see Vladimirets
525 VLADIMIRETS
526 VLADIMIR VOLYNSKIY
527 VLADIMIR-VOLINSKI: (English) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
528 VLADIMIR VOLYNSKEY: (Yiddish) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
529 VLADIMIR VOLINSKI: (Czech) see Vladimir Volinskiy
530 VIZNITS: (Polish and Yiddish) see Vizhnitsa
531 VIZHNITSA: VYZHNYTSYA, VIJNIŢA, WIZNITZ , VIZHNITZ WYŻNICA , WISCHNITZ, WISCHNITZA, VYZHNYTSIA, VIZSHNITZ, VIZNITS
532 VISOTZK: (German and Yiddish) see Vysotsk
533 VISOTSK
534 VISOTSK: (Yiddish) see Vysotsk
535 VISNI BYSTRY: (Hungarian) see Verknyaya Bystra
536 VISHNYOVYETS: (Polish) see Vishnevets
537 VISHNYA
538 VISHNIVITZ: (Slov) see Vishnevets
539 VISHNIETS: (German) see Vishnevets
540 VISNI BYSTRY: (Hungarian) see Verknyaya Bystra
541 VISHNI BYSTRY: see VERKHNYAYA
542 VISHNEVITS: (Yiddish) see Vishnevets
543 VISHNEVETS
544 VISHNEVETS: (Yiddish) see Stariy Vishnevets
545 VISHIETS: (German) see Vishnevets
546 VINOGRADOV
547 VINOGRADNOYE
548 VINNITSA [VINNITSA, VINITZA, WINNICA, WINNYZJA, VINNITZA, VINNYCJA, WINNITSA, WINNIZA, VINITSE
549 VINITZA: (Russian) see Vinitsa
550 VINITSA
551 VILSK
552 VILOK
553 VIJNITSA: (Russian) see Vizhnitsa
554 VIJNITA: (German) see Vizhnitsa
555 VICTORSHTAGHT: (Russian) see v. Marcovo
556 VICTOROVKA
557 VICHNIFKA: (Yiddish) see Vakhnovka
558 VEZEIZHANY: (Yiddish) see Ozeryani
559 VESELOYE
560 VESELE: (Ukraine) see Veseloye
561 VERKNYAYA BYSTRA:
562 VERKHNIY YSTRYY: see Verkhnyaya
563 VERKHNEE SINEVIDNOE: used the cemetery at Skole
564 VERKHI
565 VERHOVNYA
566 VERECZA: (Ukraine) see Nizhniye Veretski
567 VERECKY NIZNI: (English) see Nizhniye Veretski
568 VERCHNJA BYSTERYJ: see Verhnyaya
569 VERBOVITZ: (Yiddish) see Verbovets
570 VERBOVETS: Zakarpatska [Verbovitz Verbovets, , Wierzbowiec , Werbowez , Verbovec]
571 VERBOUTS: (Hungarian) see Verbovets
572 VERBA
573 VELYKA MYCHAJLIVKA: see Velikaya Mikhailovka
574 VELYATIN
575 VELIKIYE SOROCHINTZY
576 MEZHIRICHI (VELIKIYE MEZHIRICHI ): : Rivne oblast
577 VELIKIY ZHVANCHIK
578 VELIKIY DAL'NIK
579 VELIKIE MOSTY
580 VELIKIE KOMIATI: (Hungarian) see Komiati
581 VELIKE KOPANY
582 VELIKAYA MIKHAILOVKA
583 VELIKIE KOMIATI: (Hungarian) see Komiati
584 VEL'KY SEVL'YUSH: see Vinogradnoye
585 VCHERAYSHE
586 VAYSBRUNNEN: 1925-46 (Yiddish) see v. Krinichanka
587 VAYSBRUNNEN: (Yiddish) see Krinichanka
588 VATUTINO
589 VASSILKOVO: (Russian and Yiddish) see Vasilkov
590 VASSCAUTI PE CEREMUS: (Hungarian) see Vashkovtsy 275600
591 VASSCAUTI: (Ukraine) See Vashkovtsy and Vashkovtsy 275600
592 VASILKOV
593 VASHKOVTSY [VASHKIVTSI, VĂȘCĂUŢI , VASHKOVITZ, WASCHKOUTZ , WASZKOWCE , WASCHKOUTZ AM CZEREMOSCH, VASCKAUTI, VASHKOUTS, VOSHKAVITCH, WASHKOUTZ.]: Chernivtsi oblast
594 VASHKOVTSY: (German) see Vashkovtsy 275600
595 VASHKOUTS: (Russian) see Vashkovtsy and Vashkovtsy 275600
596 VASCAUTI: (Polish and Russian) see Vashkovtsy
597 VASCAUTI PE CEREMUS: (Hungarian) see Vashkovtsy
598 VARYAZH
599 VARVAROVKA
600 VARKOVITS: (Ukraine) see Varkovichi
 
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