Velyki Berezhtsi Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Ternopyl
District
Kremenets'
Settlement
Velyki Berezhtsi
Site address
To reach the cemetery, proceed to the house at the western end of Lesi Ukrayinky Street. Proceed for 270 metres in the same direction. Turn right to the dirt road. Proceed for 300 metres. The cemetery is located in the woods on the left of the road.
GPS coordinates
50.10199, 25.59493
Perimeter length
451 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 slightly overgrown. It requires clearing and fencing. The cemetery is surrounded with fields.
Number of existing gravestones
40
Date of oldest tombstone
1909 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of newest tombstone
1927 (latest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence
High
Land ownership
Forestry
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys
No

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. According to the dates on preserved gravestones, it already existed in the early 20th century. First, it appears on Russian maps of 1895.

Little is known about the Jewish community life in Velyki Berezhtsi. The Jewish population stood at 428 in 1900. A Jewish elementary school, synagogue and Jewish cemetery operated. The Polish guide to Volyn in 1929 describes Velyki Berezhtsi as a Jewish town (“żydowskie miasteczko”).

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