Ozeryany Old Jewish Cemetery (Volyn’ Region)

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Volyn
District
Turyys'k
Settlement
Ozeryany
Site address
Ozeryany Old Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
51.02134, 24.80826
Perimeter length
402 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 eastern part of the cemetery site is used as a school vegetable garden, and the western part as a rye field.
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
Yes

Historical overview

It is estimated that the cemetery was established during the 18th century. It appears on Russian maps from the mid-19th century. The cemetery was demolished during or after WWII.

The first records of Jews residing in Ozeryany date back to the early 18th century. In 1761, the only meeting of the Council of the Four Lands in Volyn’ took place here. According to different sources, either 706 Jews or 340 Jews resided here by 1820. By 1941, the Jewish population had grown to approximately 850 individuals. On June 28, 1941, Ozeryany was occupied by the Nazi troops. In spring 1942, the ghetto was set up, in which local Jews and Jews from the surrounding villages were imprisoned. In August 1941, during the liquidation of the ghetto, 762 Jews were shot near the cemetery of Sushibaba. Six Jews from Ozeryany survived WWII. In 1989, a monument on the site of the shooting was erected.