Malyn New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Zhytomyr
District
Malinsky
Settlement
Malyn
Site address
The cemetery is located at No.100 Kutuzov street.
GPS coordinates
50.78569, 29.25333
Perimeter length
530 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is fenced along the entire perimeter with a concrete fence 1.5m high.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
There are gates, they are locked, the key is held by the owner of the house who lives in the cemetery and looks after it. The cemetery is well maintained. There are two MMZs on the territory. There is a house on the territory where the caretaker of the cemetery Vitaly lives with his family. The cemetery is in excellent condition. The exact year of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown, there are graves from 1928-1939 which, according to Zhenya (the head of the Jewish community) and old residents, are from the old cemetery and were transferred to the new cemetery. It is unclear as to which graves were transferred and when the transfer took place.
Number of existing gravestones
There are about 1,000 gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
1928 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
2020 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The exact year of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown, it is likely that it was established in the 1940’s. According to locals, several tombstones which predate this cemetery were transfered here from another cemetery.

Malyn (Ukr., Rus. Малин, Yid. מאַלין) had a Jewish population of 1,064 in 1847, and 2,547 (60% of the town) in 1897. As of 1885, the town had a synagogue and 5 Jewish prayer houses. During the Civil War, the community survived a pogrom. A Jewish school operated in the interwar period. There were 3,607 Jews in Malyn (32%) in 1939. After the German invasion in 1941, some of the Jews managed to flee the advancing German army. Around 1,000 were murdered in August 1941. The town had a quite large Jewish community after WWII – around 1,200 in 1959. As of 2001, there were 44 Jews living in Malyn and the neighbouring area.
The exact date of establishment of the cemetery is unknown, however the earliest identifiable tombstone dates back to 1929. Some of the tombstones, however, may have been brought from one of the two older cemeteries. It is likely that the cemetery emerged in the 1940s at the latest.