VERKNYAYA BYSTRA: US Commission No. UA06140101
Alternate name: Felso Bisztra (Yiddish), Ober Bistra (German) and Visni Bystry (Hungarian) Ukrainian name: Verkhniy Bystryy and Verchnja Bysteryj. Mizhirasky Region, Zakarpatska Oblast. 48º 37'53N 23º 31'30E, 170 km from Mucachevo and 139 km from Lvov. The cemetery is located at NE, left side R. Bystraya. Present town population is 1,000-5,000 with no Jews.
Oks Vladimir Moiseevich of 270065, Odessa, Varnenskaya St., 17D, Apt.52 [Phone: (0482) 665950] visited site on 07/1995. Interviewed was Stets I.Y. of Mezhgorye on 07/1995. Oks completed survey on 21/08/1995. Documentation: Short Jewish Encyclopaedia, v.2, Jerusalem, 1989.
UPDATE: Cemetery location: After entering town from North at the Soviet monument, take direct road to the left (east) 300 feet, then dirt road to left about 50 feet; site is on left side. Jewish population before WWII was about 100 families. The site is about 0.1 mile from the congregation that used the unlandmarked site. The isolated rural agricultural and wooded site on a hillside by water has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all via a continuous fence and gate that locks. The 2000 sq ft cemetery has 75 stones, some not in original location and less than 25% toppled or broken. Vegetation is not a problem.
The flat shaped flat stones with carved relief and double tombstones with traces of painting on their surfaces have either Hebrew or Yiddish inscription. No known mass graves. The municipality owns the site used only as a Jewish cemetery. Properties adjacent are agricultural and residential. Rarely, organized individual tours and private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. Past care of the cemetery includes re-erecting stones, clearing vegetation, and fixing gate by local non-Jewish residents. Current care is a regular caretaker paid by visitor contribution. No structures. No threats.