Staryy Maydan Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Khmelnytskyy
District
Derazhnia
Settlement
Staryy Maydan
Site address
To reach the cemetery, proceed on the main street in the direction of the Kozachky village. Proceed for about 400 metres from the last private house on the main street. The cemetery is located on the hill adjacent to an old farm the left of the road.
GPS coordinates
49.27540, 27.59106
Perimeter length
212 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is severely overgrown. It requires clearing and fencing. There are ruins of soviet farm buildings on the cemetery site.
Number of existing gravestones
40. There are some concrete slabs without inscription near the farm that are resembling gravestones. Vegetation on the site does not allow to establish the exact number of gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
1859
Date of newest tombstone
1917
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
State
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is not documented. First, it appears on Russian maps of 1879, and later it was marked on Polish maps of 1939. The oldest preserved gravestone relates to the mid 19th century.

A Jewish agricultural colony Staryy Maydan was established in 1844. More than 700 Jews resided there in the late 19th century. The Jewish population reduced in the early 20th century because of the emigration to the US and overseas. People fled from pogroms staged in the town during this time. In 1928, under the Soviet regime, the colony was turned into the Old Maidan kolkhoz, it was also named the Yiddish Maidan. In 1941, Jews were dispatched by the Wehrmacht to the Derazhnya, where they were executed.

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