Novofastiv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Vinnytsia
District
Pohrebyshche
Settlement
Babyntsi
Site address
Cemetery does not have an address. Start by leaving Novofastiv in the direction of Babyntsi. After crossing the dam over Selyans’kyi Lake, turn right and continue for a further 145 metres. The cemetery site is located to the left of the road, north of the electrical substation.
GPS coordinates
49.57408, 29.4686
Perimeter length
305 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is unfenced, but it is surrounded by a ditch and a mound.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is overgrown. It needs clearing.
Number of existing gravestones
15 (there are presumably more hidden in the thickets).
Date of oldest tombstone
1932 (the only legible tombstone).
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

According to the Commission on the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, the cemetery was established in the 18th cenutury.

The Jewish community first settled in Novofastiv in the 18th century. According to the census of 1897 the Jewish population numbered 451 people, which was 19.1% of the town. In 1910 there were 70 Jewish families and by 1923 there were 269 Jewish residents. The Jewish community was engaged in trade and crafting. At the end of the 19th century there was a synagogue. Jews owned 2 timber yards, a mead brewery and 9 small shops. In summer of 1919, the Jewish community survived a pogrom, in which 64 Jewish families were killed.
The Jewish community was destroyed during the occupation.
There is no information on the modern Jewish community of Novofastiv.

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to the Commission on the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, the cemetery was established in the 18th century. The cemetery could not be found marked on old maps of the region. The only readable gravestone dates to 1932. There are around 15 gravestones left. The cemetery is abandoned.

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