VELIKIYE MEZHIRICHI I: US Commission No. UA17070501
Alternate name: Menzhichi (Yiddish), Menzyczy (German) and Kahan Mezyczy (Hungarian). Velikiye Mezhirichi is located in Rovenskaya at 50º18 26º29, 38 km from Rovno. The mass grave is located at NW near Marcet. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
Kirzhner Moisey of 263005, Lutsk, Grushevskogo Prospect 18, Apt. 38 [Phone: (03322) 34775] visited site on 27/09/1996. Interviewed were Bubnyuk Galina Ilinichna of 1st May Str [Phone: (03651) 31249] on 26/07/1996. Kirzhner completed survey on 27/09/1996. Documentation: See section 14 [sic].
VELIKIYE MEZHIRICHI II: US Commission No. UA17070101
The cemetery is located at E, Tserkovnaya St., 35 (old: 17 Veresnya St.). The Jewish cemetery was established in the 18th century with last known Karlin-Stolin Hasidic burial 1942. No other towns or villages used this cemetery. The isolated suburban agricultural hillside and crown of a hill has signs or plaques in local language and signs or plaques in Yiddishmentioning Jews. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all. A broken fence with no gate surrounds the cemetery. 1 to 20 common tombstones, none in original location with more than 75% toppled, date from 19th to 20th century. The cemetery contains no known mass graves. Municipality owns property used for Jewish cemetery and agriculture (crops or animal grazing). Properties adjacent are agricultural. The cemetery boundaries are unchanged since 1939. Rarely, organized Jewish group tours, pilgrimage groups visit, and Jewish or non-Jewish private visitors stop. The cemetery was vandalized occasionally in the last ten years. Local/municipal authorities and Jewish groups within country fixed wall and fixed gate in 1995. Occasionally, authorities clear or clean. Within the limits of the cemetery are no structures. Serious threat: weather erosion (The tombstones fall.). Moderate threat: vandalism. Slight threat: uncontrolled access, pollution and vegetation.
Kirzhner Moisey of 263005, Lutsk, Grushevskogo Prospect 18, Apt. 38 [Phone: (03322) 34775] visited site on 26/09/1996. Interviewed were Bubnyuk Galina Ilinichna of 265250, Velikiye Mezhirichi, 1st May St., [Phone: (03651) 31299] on 26/09/1996. Kirzhner completed survey on 27/09/1996.