Derazhnya New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Khmelnytskyy
District
Derazhnia
Settlement
Derazhnya
Site address
The Jewish sector is located on the municipal cemetery on Proskurivs'ka Street. To reach it, enter the cemetery gates, and walk to the first crossroads. Turn left, and walk for 60 metres. The Jewish section is located on the right of the path.
GPS coordinates
49.28675, 27.41761
Perimeter length
130 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The municipal cemetery is surrounded by a metal fence. The Jewish section is not separated.
Preservation condition
Jewish section
General site condition
The section is not mixed and has its perimeter. It is severely overgrown and requires clearing. Few old gravestones are lying down.
Number of existing gravestones
96. There is a cross on one Jewish grave. One gravestone is broken.
Date of oldest tombstone
1965
Date of newest tombstone
2018
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The Jewish section of the municipal cemetery was established in 1964, and it is still operating.

Jews are known from 1550. During the Khmelnytskyi massacre, a Karaite community of Derazhnya perished, several surviving families fled to Bar. In 1734, the Haidamaks attacked the Jewish community of Derazhnya. In 1757, Talmud books in Derazhnya and other Jewish communities of the region, and burnt in the square in Kamyanets’-Podil’skyy. This process was a consequence of the dispute between orthodox rabbis and Jakob Frank. In 1765, 310 Jews lived in Derazhnya. In the 1810-30s, Jews supported the units of U. Y. Karmalyuk. In the 1860s, Hirsh Meerovich fulfilled the duties of a rabbi. In the late 19th century, the Jewish community of Derazhnya kept five synagogues, and by the beginning of the next century, this figure doubled. In 1897, the Jewish population reached 3,333 (68% of the total population). Three private vocational schools, as well as heders, were open for Jewish youth in the early 20th century. Jewish library operated as well. The Jews of Derazhnya were engaged mainly in trade by that time. They owned about 30 manufactory stores, three wholesale stores, two lumber yards, etc. The Zionist circle, headed by Yampolsky and Shapiro was active. A series of pogroms were staged by the Russian army (in November 1917) and by the Ukrainian People’s Republic army (in June 1919, November 1920). In 1926, the Jewish population was 3,735 (92% of the total). In 1930, a kolhoz was established. The number of the Jewish community stood at 2,651 people (40% of the total population) in 1939. During the Nazis occupation (July 11, 1941-1944) a ghetto for 1,848 Jews of Derazhnya and surrounding villages was created. In September-October 1941, during liquidation of the ghetto, over 1,500 Jews were shot. In September 1970, a memorial was opened on the place of the shooting. In 1998, several Jewish families resided here.

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