Shtetlink. Restoration project. Once a famous burial site of the Jews of Sadagura and 16 communities in its surrounds for about 250 years was desecrated during WWII. The Nazis stole gravestones for paving the streets. Some foreign Jews erected a fence that has been stolen by locals. Many of the stones are broken and toppled. Near the cemetery is the synagogue of Rabbi Abraham Jacob Friedman, a descendent of the Rushyn Dynasty. photos. History. [August 2009]
SADGORA I: US Commission No. UA25010102
Hodorkovsky Yuriy Isaakovich of 252037, Ukraine, Kiev, Vozduhoflotsky 37a, 23 [Phone: (044) 2769505] visited site on 1/23/95. No interviews was conducted for this survey. Hodorkovsky completed survey on 01/23/1995.
Sadgura, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine, located at 48 20/25 56 is about 6 km N of Chernitvtsi. The 1941 town population was 2,415 with 1,488 Jews but currently, none. The town was the home of the Sadgura Rabbis who are buried in the cemetery. The latest burial I saw was 1934 but I think there were others from just before WWII. The unlandmarked cemetery is a short distance from the congregation that used it. The isolated urban flat land with no sign or marker is reached on a public road across from homes. The site is open to all with no fence, wall, or gate. Many gravestones are visible in original location with few toppled or broken. Some stones may have been removed. Vegetation is not a problem because grazing goats and horses keep vegetation down. The cemetery is divided into women and men. The oldest tombstones date from the 19th century. The granite, finely-smoothed stones are inscribed in Yiddish and German. No known mass graves. Adjacent properties are grazing areas with a few children playing. The area of the cemetery appears to be the same size as before WWII. The site is visited rarely. The Jewish guide in Chernivtsi told me nothing Jewish remained in Sadgura and that I was wasting my time but a local Christian took me to the cemetery and synagogue. The cemetery was not vandalized. No care or maintenance. Within the limits of the cemetery is an ohel. There is an enclosed area in which the Sadgura rabbis and families are buried.
Irene Silfin, 15 Audley Clr., Plainview, NY 11803. 516-935-8224 completed this survey on 15 October 1997 after a visit to the site in July 1995. No documentation was used. She spoke with the Ukrainian taxi driver, who found the cemetery and synagogue with no problem.
See also the shtetlinks site http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/sadgura/sadgura.html and
in addition, the Pinkas Hakehillot chapter on Sadgura is posted at:
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