POVCHINO: US Commission No. UA05510501
Povchino is located in Zhitomirskaya, 30 km from Novograd-Volynskiy and 4 km from Korets. The mass grave is located at 1 km to W from village, "Shitnya". Present town population is under 1,000 with fewer than 10 Jews.
The earliest known Jewish community was 1765. 1941 Jewish population (census) was 3888. Effecting the Jewish Community was data about Korets (sacrifice from Korets). [sic] The Hasidic Jewish mass grave was dug in 1942. Rovenskaya oblast (4 km away) Jews were murdered in this unlandmarked mass grave. The isolated rural (agricultural) flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by crossing other public property (highway Povchino-Korets, through field collective farm, access is open to all with a continuous fence. 1-20 stones, all in original location with none toppled or broken, date from 1950. Some tombstones have metal fences around graves. The site contains marked mass graves. Municipality owns site used for mass burial site. Properties adjacent are agricultural. The mass grave boundaries are larger now than 1939. Rarely, Jewish or non-Jewish private visitors stop. This mass grave was not vandalized. Local/municipal authorities erected stones in 1950. Authorities occasionally clean or clear. Within the limits of the site are no structures. Vegetation overgrowth is a seasonal problem, preventing access. Moderate threat: uncontrolled access, vegetation and vandalism. Slight threat: weather erosion, pollution and proposed nearby development.
- Town: Village Council of Yakovenko Vasiliy Dmitruyevich [tel. (071) 53131].
- Regional: Novograd-Volynsk Regional Department of Culture of Lenina St., 8.
- Others: Rovno oblast State Archive of (not legible) and Museum of Korets, Kievskaya St. 45.
Kogan Leonid of Novograd-Volynskiy, Lenina St. 107, apt. 42. [tel. (04141)54259] visited site on /05/1992 and completed survey on 24/10/1995. Interviewed were Finkelman Boris Abramovich on /05/1992. Other documentation exists but was inaccessible.