Ovidiopol Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Odessa
District
Ovidiopol
Settlement
Ovidiopol
Site address
Ovidiopol Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
46.23543, 30.44551
Perimeter length
307 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
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over. The site is now a wasteland on the backyard of private houses. Some part of the territory is used for agriculture (e.g. greenhouses), some part is used for household needs. Part of the territory is overgrown with bushes. There are three fragments of tombstones or tombstone bases without inscriptions located on the site.
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

The Jewish cemetery was created in the 1870s. It was marked on a Russian map of 1917. Supposedly, the graveyard was demolished during the Soviet period after WWII and probably was used after the war. Neighbors of the cemetery remember that about 50 years ago, the rabbi’s mother was buried on this cemetery. It seems that the gravestones were demolished recently, as locals thought there were still gravestones remaining on the cemetery.

The earliest known information about the Jewish community of Ovidiopol dates from the mid-19th century. In 1856, a synagogue existed in the town. In 1865, 72 Jews lived here. The Jewish population grew to 394 (8% of the total population) by 1897. In October 1905, the Jews of Ovidiopol suffered a pogrom. In 1910, a cemetery operated in the town. In 1913, the Jews owned 27 stalls. The Civil War facilitated pogroms in 1918 to 1920. In 1926, many Jews left the town and the population decreased to 78. In September 1941, six Jews were murdered in Ovidiopol.