Malyn Old Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Zhytomyr
District
Malyns’ky
Settlement
Malyn
Site address
The cemetery is opposite No.58 Romanenka Street. It is located at the crossroads of Liza Chaikina and Romanenka streets.
GPS coordinates
50.77929, 29.24622
Perimeter length
264 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
Not fenced, patchily a moat is visible.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is densely overgrown with acacia trees, it is impossible to pass. According to locals some restoration work was started 4-5 years ago, however this only encompassed the cutting down of some trees.  The house at No.2 Liza Chaikovskaya street may have been built on the territory of the cemetery, however it is uncertain and locals do not believe it was.  Locals reported that several of the tombstones were relocated for reburial a long time ago by a Jewish organisation who installed the Ohel. They could not say when this happened.
Number of existing gravestones
There are about 100 gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
1908 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1940 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
There is one Ohel.
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It was established no later than the early 20th century, as the earliest preserved tombstone dates to 1908. It is not marked on maps from the 1900s.

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 1908, the most recent to 1940.

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