Torchyn Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
Torchyn Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
50.7501625, 24.9962085
Perimeter length
697 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
Type of the fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The older, northern section of the cemetery site is derelict, with a fenced mass grave site accompanied by a memorial. At least one of the tombstones is preserved in situ, and there are some tombstones near the memorial. The new, southern part of the cemetery contains more than a dozen preserved tombstones. However, it is severely overgrown with trees and bushes.
Number of existing gravestones
12 tombstones (clearance could uncover more). There are a number of broken tombstones placed near the memorial to victims of the Holocaust.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

According to Pinkasei Kehilot Polin, there was a grave for the victims of Khmel’nytsky’s 1648-1649 uprising on the cemetery site. It is unknown whether this refers to this cemetery or another, which dates from at least the 17th century. This cemetery existed from at least the late 18th century, as can be inferred from the date on the oldest tombstone. The cemetery was demolished during or after WWII. In 1960, a memorial to the 2,000 Jews shot in August 1942 was constructed, along with an obelisk and a fenced mass grave. The southern section of the cemetery still contains tombstones and is severely overgrown.