TORCHIN I: US Commission No. UA02020501
Alternate names: Torczyn (Russian) and Tortchin (Ukraine.) Torchin is located in Volynskaya at 50º46 25º_, 22 km from Lutsk and 88 km from Rovno. The mass grave is located at Sadovskaya St. 67. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with fewer than 10 Jews.
Kirzhner Moisey of Lutsk, pr. Prez. Grushevskogo 18, Apt. 38 [Phone: (03322) 34775] visited site on 11/10/94. Interviewed were Nakonechniy on 11/9/94 and Gurtovoy G.A. on 11/10/94. Kirzhner completed survey on 11/10/1994.
TORCHIN II: US Commission No. UA02020101
The cemetery is at south end of Kozakoy St. The Jewish cemetery was established in the 18th century with last known Hasidic burial 1942. v. Shepel, v.Verkhi (8 km away), v. Boratin, and v. Noidorf (8 km away) used this unlandmarked cemetery. The isolated rural (agricultural) hillside and crown of a hill has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a private road, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate surrounds. 1 to 20 common tombstones, more than 75% toppled or broken, date from 18th century. Location of any removed stones is unknown. The cemetery contains marked mass graves. Municipality owns site now used for agriculture (crops or animal grazing.) Adjacent properties are residential. The cemetery boundaries are smaller now than 1939 because of agriculture. Occasionally, organized Jewish group tours or pilgrimage groups, Jewish or non-Jewish private visitors and local residents visit. The cemetery was vandalized during World War II but not in the last ten years. Now, authorities clear or clean occasionally. Vegetation overgrowth is a seasonal problem, preventing access. Very serious threat: uncontrolled access. Serious threat: pollution, vegetation and vandalism. Moderate threat: weather erosion.
Kirjner Moisey Davidovich of Lutsk, Prezidenta GrushevskogoSt.18, Apt.38 [Phone: (03322) 34775] visited site on 7/8/94 with Gurtovoy Grigoriy. Interviewed on 7/8/94 were Eric Victor Dmitrievich and Gurtovoy Grigory Aleksandrovich. Kirjner completed survey on 07/08/1994. Documentation: History of Torchin.