Shchyrets Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Lviv
District
Pustomyty
Settlement
Shchyrets'
Site address
To reach the cemetery, proceed for about 200 metres in the eastern direction from the train station. Turn right into a road along Shchyrka River. Proceed for about 660 metres. The cemetery is located on the right of the road.
GPS coordinates
49.64985, 23.86727
Perimeter length
295 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
yes
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is severely overgrown. It clearing and fencing.
Number of existing gravestones
About 100
Date of oldest tombstone
1920 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of newest tombstone
1934 (latest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
Yes

Historical overview

Information on the cemetery’s establishment is unknown, but it was marked on a map from the 1880s. Presumably, the cemetery was operating until WWII.

The earliest records of the Jewish life of Shchyrets’ relates to 1629. In the early 18th century, the local Jewish community was subordinated to the Komarno Kehilla. In 1770, Leibush bar Efraim served as a rabbi in Shchyrets’. His son Rabbi Izhak carried out his duties after his death. In 1880, the Jewish population reached 1,385 (78,9% of the total population). In the late 19th century, the head of the Jewish community also served as a mayor of the town. In the early 20th century, the Zionists movement was active. In 1911, Hebrew school for boys and girls was opened by Zionists. In 1910, the Jewish population stood up in 1,264 (78,3% of the total population) and reduced to 712 (76% of the total population) by 1921. In the interwar period, the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee supported the community. The Zionist organizations like “Ahva”, “Sheher” and “Beitar” were established. In 1931, 850 Jews resided in the town. The Wehrmacht troops occupied Shchyrets’ in June 1941. In August and November 1942, more than 1,000 Jews were deported to the Bibrka ghetto and the Belzec death camp.

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