Sokoliv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Zhytomyr
District
Pulinsky
Settlement
Sokoliv
Site address
The cemetery is located at the north of Sokoliv. Driving from the village of Tenkovka to the village of Sokoliv, after you pass the Sokoliv Village signpost, drive 500m along the central road, turn right, continue for 250m, turn right, continue for 300m and then turn left, and then after 30m you will run into an abandoned building (hangar). 50m behind this building is the cemetery.
GPS coordinates
50.50602, 28.07951
Perimeter length
362 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is not fenced, a moat is visible.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is in the wood. It is covered with seasonal vegetation. Trees have fallen on the gravestones, the territory is partially overgrown.
Number of existing gravestones
19. It was not possible date the tombstones, as many of them are broken or not inscribed.
Date of oldest tombstone
1923 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1941 (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 first half of the 20th century, as the earliest preserved tombstone dates to 1923.

Jews first settled in Sokoliv (Ukr. Соколів, Rus. Соколов) in the mid-18th century. In 1897, 239 Jews lived in Sokoliv, which was 31% of the town. The Jewish community maintained a prayer house. In the 1920s, the Jewish population had grown to around 500. The Jews who had failed to evacuate in the summer of 1941, were murdered after the arrival of the Germans.

The exact date of the establishment of the cemetery is unknown, however the earliest tombstone dates back to 1923.

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