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Map of Ukraine [February 2009]

Russian Jews.  Film 1.  Before the Revolution / English titles [December 2018]

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.

[UPDATE] Ukraine-Israel Community Information/Pictures of Cemteries and more [October 2017]

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