Nova Basan’ Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Chernihiv
District
Bobrovytsia
Settlement
Nova Basan'
Site address
Nova Basan' Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
50.5778,31.53519
Perimeter length
N/A
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
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over. The cemetery site is now a field.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Low
Land ownership
State
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to the recorded testimony of local resident Isaak Moiseyovych Menem (born 1911) the site was appropriated for agricultural use between 1937 and 1940. The cemetery cannot be found marked on old maps. Today no visible traces of the cemetery or its boundaries remain.

The earliest known evidence of a Jewish community in Nova Basan’ dates to the first half of 19th century. From 1908, the rabbi was Mordechai Krol (born 1880). According to the census of 1918, the town was home to 102 Jews. In 1913, Jews were the only manufacturers in the town. There were 2 pogroms in 1919, led by the Volunteer Army and another in 1920, led by Romashko’s gang. In 1939, 6 Jews lived in the town, and in 1941 only 2 Jewish families remained. Nova Basan’ was occupied from September 1941 till September 1943. A total of 364 people were arrested and shot (specific information on the number of Jews killed is unavailable). The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to local resident Isaak Moiseyovych Menem (born 1911), the site was appropriated for agricultural use between 1937 and 1940. The last known Hasidic burial took place in 1941. The cemetery cannot be found marked on old maps. Today no visible traces of the cemetery or its boundaries remain.