Sokil Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Volyn
District
Rozhyshche
Settlement
Sokil
Site address
Sokil Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
51.03986,25.32929
Perimeter length
541 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 cemetery site is now a field used for agricultural purposes.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Low
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

It is estimated that the cemetery was founded between the 17th and 18th centuries. It appears on Russian maps from the mid-19th century. The cemetery was demolished during or after WWII. Jews most likely settled in Sokil in the early 17th century. Rabbi Yom-Tov Lipman of Ludmir served there in the mid-17th century. Sokil’s Jews suffered during the Khmelnitsky uprising. In 1784, the community consisted of 63 individuals, and by 1787, it had grown to 107. According to the census data, the peak of the Jewish population in Sokil was 490 individuals in 1897. In the early 20th century, a synagogue and hevra-kadisha existed. During WWI, the Jews fled because of the expansion of the military front. Only 30 families returned after the Polish government was established. In 1921, the Jewish population had decreased to 167 individuals. During WWII, local Jews were sent to the Rozhyshche, where they were executed on August 22, 1942.