Kashivka Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Volyn
District
Kovel
Settlement
Kashivka
Site address
The cemetery is located in the east side of the village. From the church on the main street, continue northwest down the street for 600 metres. The cemetery can be found at the end of the street, next to an abandoned sand pit.
GPS coordinates
51.172925, 25.3180333
Perimeter length
276 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over
General site condition
No preserved traces of the Jewish cemetery were found by the survey team. One part of the site is severely overgrown with trees, while another is used as a sand quarry.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It appears on Russian maps from the mid-19th century. The graveyard was demolished during or after WWII.

Jews were residing in Kashivka since the early 17th century before the Khmel’nyts’kyy uprising of 1648 to 1649. At that time, there were five Jewish houses in the town. In 1787, Kashivka had 37 Jewish residents in 16 houses. In 1897, Jewish population numbered 445 (42% of the total population). Three Jewish shops were operating in the town before WWI. Flight from the effects of WWI significantly reduced the population, which numbered only 15 individuals by 1921. Nazi troops arrived in Kashivka in summer 1941. In January 1943, all 20 Jews of Kashivka were shot by Ukrainian police.

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