Olyshivka Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Chernihiv
District
Chernihiv
Settlement
Olyshivka
Site address
Olyshivka Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
51.22753,31.3702
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
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It can most likely be found marked on Russian maps of the region from the 1870s. According to locals, the cemetery still existed in the first half of the 20th century. Today, no visible traces of the cemetery or its boundaries remain.

The earliest known Jewish community in Olyshivka was established in the second half of the 19th century. According to the 1897 census, 4,193 people lived there, 381 of whom were non-Orthodox. Jews were involved in trade, owning five shops (including 3 grocery stores). In 1919, the Jewish community survived a pogrom, and by 1920 Jews numbered only 0.1% of the total population. Prior to the war, in 1939, Olyshivka was home to 29 Jews. As of 2018, the total population numbered 1,950. The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to locals, the cemetery still existed in the first half of the 20th century. Today, no visible traces of the cemetery or its boundaries remain.