Piatka Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Zhytomyr
District
Chudniv
Settlement
Piatka
Site address
The cemetery is located at the southeastern part of the village, on the small hill by the small lake by the road.
GPS coordinates
50.01686, 28.37381
Perimeter length
288 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
There is no fence. It is surrounded with thickets and hillside.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is on slope. It is covered with seasonal vegetation.
Number of existing gravestones
There are around 70 gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
1868 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1939 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
No
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It was established no later than the mid 19th century, as the earliest preserved tombstone dates to 1868.

Piatka (Ukr. П’ятка, Rus. Пятка, Yid. פּיאַטקע) had a Jewish population of 78 in the mid-18th century. 838 Jews (31% of the town) lived in Piatka in 1897. The community maintained a synagogue and a prayer house. A Yiddish-language elementary school and a Jewish drama group were established in the 1920s.

The Jewish population declined in the interwar period and when the Germans arrived in July 1941, only around 250 Jews remained in Piatka. They were confined in a makeshift ghetto in the synagogue building and murdered in October 1941.
The exact date of the establishment of the cemetery is unknown, however the oldest tombstone dates back to 1868.

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