Ustya Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Ternopyl
District
Borshchiv
Settlement
Ustya
Site address
The cemetery is located in the woods on the hilltop on Dolyns’ka Street.
GPS coordinates
48.61225, 26.08588
Perimeter length
241 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
The cemetery is severely overgrown. It requires clearing and fencing. ESJF expedition found remnants of one gravestone on the site.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved. Remnants of one gravestone without inscription were found at the site.
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

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It appears on Austrian maps of the 1880s. According to locals, the cemetery was demolished during the Soviet era, and gravestones were used to build a foundation of the barn in a collective farm. Now there are no visible traces of the cemetery and its boundaries, except remnants of one gravestone found.

The Jewish community of Ustya already existed in the late 18th century. The Jewish population of Ustya was 860 in 1880. In the late 19th century, the Jews were engaged in cattle and horsetrade. Among the artisans, Jewish tailors, shoemakers, furriers, carpenters, etc., were present in Ustya. There were 11 taverns owned by the Jews. In 1921, the total population was 1,428. 75 Jews of Ustya were murdered during the Shoah.

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