Velyka Mykhaylivka Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Odessa
District
Velyka Mykhailivka
Settlement
Velyka Mykhaylivka
Site address
Velyka Mykhaylivka Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
47.08177, 29.86064
Perimeter length
232 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is abandoned and partly overgrown.
Number of existing gravestones
27
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
1961
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Municipality
Preserved construction on site
A neighbour told the ESJF team that there used to be a beit-tahara on the territory of the cemetery. Today, no traces of it can be found.
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

Presumably the cemetery had already been operating from the late 19th and early 20th century. It is not marked on maps. According to neighbours, there were more tombstones some decades ago. Most probably the tombstones have been taken by locals.

There is not much information available about the Jewish community of Velyka Mykhailivka. In 1897, the Jewish population numbered 1,201 (58% of the total population). In 1867, a synagogue was operating. On May 20, 1919, the detachments of ataman N.A. Grigoriev staged a massacre in the village. In the 1920s, the elementary school and a Soviet rural council were functioning. In 1939, 522 Jews lived in the town. The Wehrmacht occupied Velyka Mykhailivka on August 7, 1941 and, during five days, Nazis murdered 124 Jews at the cemetery.