Kremenchuk Old Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Poltava
District
Kremenchuk
Settlement
Kremenchuk
Site address
Kremenchuk Old Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
49.08349, 33.39661
Perimeter length
1290 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is severely overgrown with trees, bushes, and tall grass. Part of the site is now occupied by abandoned artillery warehouses, while another part is now used as a Jewish section on the nearby Revivka municipal cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
About 30. After the war, gravestones were stolen for use in various construction projects on the land of the nearby artillery depots.
Date of oldest tombstone
The oldest found is 1888.
Date of newest tombstone
According to locals, the Jewish section on Reyivs'ke municipal cemetery was opened on the site of the Old Jewish cemetery, which had been demolished. It has proven impossible to determine the point of separation between the stones from Kremenchuk Old Jewish cemetery and the Jewish section on the municipal cemetery.
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
State
Preserved construction on site
There is a tsiyun dedicated to Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben R. Natan (av beit din of Vetka and disciple of Shneur Zalman of Lyadi) and many other rabbis of Lubavich community of Kremenchuk. The site contains the remains of an ohel with two monuments without inscriptions.
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. The cemetery is clearly marked on the Russian map of 1860s and later maps. Presumably, it is also marked on the town plan of 1780s. The cemetery already existed in mid-19th century. Most probably, it emerged much earlier, in early 19th or late 18th century. The cemetery was used until WWII and ruined during the war. The Jewish section on Reyivs’ke municipal cemetery was opened on the part of the territory of the Old Jewish cemetery, which had been demolished. It has proven impossible to determine the point of separation between the stones from Kremenchuk Old Jewish cemetery and the Jewish section on the municipal cemetery.

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