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VYBRANOVKA:     US Commission No. UA13400101
Alternate names: German: Wibranuwka, Polish: Wybranowka. It is located in Lvovskaya oblast at 49º33' 24º13', 42 km from Lvov. The cemetery is located at W of village, right on the hill. Present town population is 1000-5000.
  • Town officials: Village Soviet Chairman Kovalchuk Stepan Petrovich, tel.: 61722. The Village Soviet is in the center, near the church.
  • Regional officials: Lvov Regional State Administration, Lvov Vinnichenko St., 18, tel.: 722947, 728093. Lvov Center State Historical Archives (CSHA), Lvov Sobornaya Square, 3a, tel.: 723508.
  • Lvov Jewish Community, Mikhnovskih St. 4, tel.: 330524, Mordekhai Shloime Bold.
The unlocked cemetery has no caretaker. The earliest of Jewish community is 18th century. 1935 Jewish population was 200. The unlandmarked cemetery was established in the 2nd half of the 18th century with last known Orthodox Jewish burial before June 1941. The isolated rural hillside has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off the road, access is open for all. No wall, fence, or gate surrounds the cemetery. The approximate size of the cemetery before the World War II was 0.23 hectares. No tombstones or separate monuments are visible with more than 75% broken. [sic] Location of removed stones is known. Some are part of roads or structures in v. Vybranovka. The cemetery has no mass graves. Municipality owns site used as Jewish cemetery and for grazing cattle. The cemetery borders an agricultural area. The cemetery boundaries are smaller than in 1939 because of the agricultural works. Rarely, local citizens visit. The cemetery was vandalized during the World War II and and since. Local citizens destroyed most of stones following WWII. There was no care or structures. Very serious threat: vegetation overgrowth; the cemetery is covered with thorny shrubs that prevent access. Serious threat: vandalism. Moderate threat: pollution, incompatibility with building process. Slight threat: safety, erosion, incompatible with planned development.
Iosif Gelston, Lvov, 290049, p/o box 10569, tel./fax: (0322) 227490 completed survey on 7.11.1998. Documentation: CSHA, Fond 186, inventory 4, 546 points of safe; Catechism of Archdiocese of Geeks-Catholic Church, p.39, Lvov, 1935-1936; Slownik Geog. Krol. Pol. T. 14, p. 71, Warszawa, 1895 (in Polish). Gelston visited site on 28.10.1998. Interviewed were elderly citizens of Bybranovka, who refused to give their names.
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