Novyy Bykiv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Chernihiv
District
Bobrovytsia
Settlement
Novy Bykiv
Site address
Novyy Bykiv Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
50.5913,31.67018
Perimeter length
N/A
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery. From the estimated perimeter of the site, it appears part of the cemetery was built over with private housing, with the remainder appropriated for agricultural use.
Number of existing gravestones
One preserved gravestone was found, removed from its original place to a private courtyard.
Date of oldest tombstone
1928
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It cannot be found marked on old maps of the region. However, epigraphic data suggests the cemetery already existed in the first half of the 20th century.

The earliest evidence of a Jewish community in Novyy Bykiv dates to the first half of the 19th century. According to the 1897 census, there were 367 Jews living in the town (13,9%). In 1897, there were 2 synagogues. By 1913, Jews owned both grocery shops, both factories, and the only tobacco shop. According to the 1926 census, the Jewish population numbered 24 people. The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It cannot be found marked on old maps of the region. However, epigraphic data suggests the cemetery already existed in the first half of the 20th century. The last known Hasidic Jewish burial took place in 1941. The stones were removed and were used for the construction of roads and other structures. The cemetery contains no known mass graves.