Radekhiv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Lviv
District
Radekhiv
Settlement
Radekhiv
Site address
Radekhiv Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
50.28013, 24.64594
Perimeter length
520 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Private
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

Information on the cemetery’s establishment is unknown, but it was marked on a map from the mid-19th century. Presumably, the cemetery was operating until WWII and was demolished and built over afterwards. The Jews were present in Radekhiv from the mid-18th century onwards. In 1765, 206 Jews were living here. In the late 18th century, the Jewish community built a synagogue. In 1880, the Jewish population numbered 799 (23% of the total population), which had increased to 1,867 people (49% of the total population) by 1890. In the late 19th century, a Hasidic court, founded by Naftali-Zvi Rubin (1848–1900), had its seat in Radekhiv. In the early 20th century, several synagogues were operational. The streams of Belz and Gusiatin Hasidim were dominant. In 1900, the Jewish population numbered 1,737 (44% of the total population). In 1918, the Zionist association “Kadima” was established, which opened a library and a drama club. By 1921, the Jewish population had grown to 1,977 (45% of the total population). In the early 1920s, a Hebrew Tarbut school was active. In 1941, ca. 2,100 Jews were living in the town. Radekhiv was occupied by the Nazis on June 24, 1941. In late June 1941, about 500 Jews moved to Radekhiv from Kholoev (presently known as Nodal), because of its bombing. In April and September 1942, Jews from the neighbouring villages were deported to Radekhiv. On September 15, 1942, around 1,400 Jews were deported to the extermination camp Belzec.