Lishchyn New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Zhytomyr
District
Zhytomyr
Settlement
Lishchyn
Site address
The cemetery is located on the hill at the end of the first street to the south of the river Huiva. Around 100m east of the last house on the street.
GPS coordinates
50.151, 28.86233
Perimeter length
187 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
The cemetery is covered with tense seasonal vegetation. It is a field now. Locals say that the cemetery was demolished around 50 years ago, but they couldn’t specify why and how.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved.
Date of oldest tombstone
N/A
Date of newest tombstone
N/A
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to locals, the cemetery was demolished in the 1970s. It is marked on the map, but is not marked as Jewish.

Jews likely first began to settle in Lishchyn (Ukr. Ліщин, Rus. Лещин, Yid. לישטין) in the early 18th century. The community maintained a synagogue in the town. The Jewish population rose from 192 in 1775, to 572 in 1847, however it later fell to 337 people (20% of the town). There were 157 Jews living in Lishchyn in 1926. During WWII, the Jews who had failed to flee the rapidly advancing German army were murdered in late August or early September 1941.
It is unknown when the cemetery was founded. According to local residents, the cemetery was demolished in the late 1960s or early 1970s.