Kornytsya Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Khmelnytskyy
District
Bilohiria
Settlement
Kornytsya
Site address
Kornytsya Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
50.04979,26.53807
Perimeter length
381 metres. According to locals, the cemetery occupied this perimeter.
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is out of agriculture use. It is a wasteland now.
Number of existing gravestones
One broken gravestone and a few fragments were brought back to the site. Two gravestones are laying in the water, at the shore of Pan’s lake.
Date of oldest tombstone
1800 (only foudn by ESJF expedition)
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, but the oldest preserved gravestone relates to the late 18th century. First, it appears on Russian maps of the 1880s, and later it was marked on maps of 1920s and 1939. Jews are first mentioned in the 17th century. During the Tatar raid of 1649, the Jewish community of Kornytsya perished. By 1765, nearly 300 Jews were inhabitants of Kornytsya. In 1865, a synagogue operated. The Jewish population stood at 517 (41,3% of the total) in 1897 and declined to 322 in 1923. In 1914, a warehouse of pharmacy goods and five stables were in the hands of the Jews. In late 1941, during the German occupation, the Jews of Kornytsya were deported to the Lyakhovtsy ghetto.