SUMY: US Commission No. UA18010101
Sumy is located in Sumskaya at50º5434º48, 363 km from Kiev, 180 km from Kharkov and 114 km from Konotop. The cemetery is located at 20 let Pobedy St., central cemetery. Present town population is 25,001-100,000 with 101-1,000 Jews.
1939 Jewish population (census) was 2418. The unlandmarked Hasidic cemetery was established in the 19th century. The urban flat land, part of a municipal cemetery, has no sign or marker. The access is open to all. A continuous masonry wall with no gate surrounds the cemetery. 501 to 5000 stones, most in original location with 25%-50% toppled or broken, date from 1894. The cemetery has no special sections. Some tombstones have iron decorations or lettering and/or metal fences around graves. The cemetery contains marked mass graves. Municipality owns site used for Jewish cemetery and municipal cemetery. Properties adjacent are residential. The cemetery boundaries are unchanged since 1939. Frequently, Jewish or non-Jewish private visitors and local residents visit. This cemetery has not been vandalized. Now occasionally, individuals clear or clean. Within the limits of the cemetery is more than one ohel. Water drainage at the cemetery is a constant problem. Moderate threat: uncontrolled access, weather erosion, development, and vandalism.
Trakhenberg- Martinyuk Elena of Sumi, Kosmonavtov pr., 14, Apt., 51 [Phone: 323439] visited site on 5/1/94. No interviews were conducted. Trakhenberg-Martinyuk completed survey on 05/19/1994.