Dashiv New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Vinnytsia
District
Ilinetsky
Settlement
Dashiv
Site address
Starting at 67 Mikhailovskaya Street, follow the dirt road west for 1.2 kilometres, after which the cemetery can be found to the left.
GPS coordinates
48.99441, 29.40329
Perimeter length
467 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is unfenced, but a ditch is visible around its perimeter.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is small and overgrown with seasonal vegetation.
Number of existing gravestones
1. The lone preserved tombstone does not bear a legible inscription.
Date of oldest tombstone
N/A
Date of newest tombstone
N/A
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
State
Preserved construction on site
There is a Tziyun on the site, belonging to a disciple of Rabbi Nachman (most likely put here by mistake, as the cemetery is new).
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. Given it can be found marked on a map of Western Russia from the 1900s, it can be inferred it was already in use by the turn of the 20th century.

The earliest evidence of a Jewish community in Dashiv dates to the 18th century. According to the census of 1765, there lived 406 Jews in the town. The Jewish population had fallen by half in 1776 to just 270 people. According to the census of 1847, the Jewish population numbered 1,837.
In 1865 there operated 3 synagogues. From 1885, the rabbi was Aryeh Yehuda-Leib Wacher (1860—?).
According to the census of 1897, it was home to 600 Jews, which was around 10% of the population.
Israel Wacher, a poet and prose writer, was born in 1892 in Dashiv
By 1909, there was a private boy’s school in the town and in 1912 a loan-saving partnership was in operation. In 1917 and 1919, the Jewish community suffered two severe pogroms.
In the 1920-1930 there was Jewish elementary school and by 1939, the Jewish population numbered 967 people (34.1%).
Dashiv was occupied on July 25th 1941. During the first days 100 Jews were executed.
In total, there were 814 Jews executed, including those from the surrounding areas.

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It could be found marked on the old Russian maps of the region as early as the first part of the 19th century. The cemetery was used till 1940. Today there is a slab without an inscription and an Ohel on the territory of the cemetery.

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