Nyzhankovychi Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Lviv
District
Staryi Sambir
Settlement
Nyzhankovychi
Site address
On Kosciuszko Street, turn to the northwest behind house 74 and move 320 metres on the left road towards the Polish border. The cemetery is on the left side of the road.
GPS coordinates
49.67355, 22.79694
Perimeter length
146 metres
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
-
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Low
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

Information on the cemetery’s establishment is unknown, but it was marked on maps from the 1880s and 1939. It was demolished after WWII.

The first mention of Jews in Nyzhankovychi dates to 1602. In 1860–96, David Geller (1820–1896) served as a rabbi here. From 1896 to 1935, these duties were fulfilled by his son-in-law Yakov-Shalom Herzog (1860–1935). In 1880, 364 Jews (21% of the total population) were living in Nyzhankovychi. The Jewish population reached 669 (29% of the total population) by 1910. By 1921, it virtually dropped to 408 (22% of the total population) after the deprivation of WWI. In the interwar period, ideas of the Zionist movement spread. In 1924, a Jewish library and a drama circle were opened. On June 27, 1941, 16 Jews were executed by German occupiers. The remaining Jewish community was deported to the extermination camp Belzec in late July 1942.

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