Vovkovyntsi New Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Country
Ukraine
Region
Khmelnytskyy
District
Derazhnia
Settlement
Vovkovyntsi
Site address
Vovkovyntsi New Jewish Cemetery
GPS coordinates
49.193778, 27.654278
Perimeter length
396 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
no
Type and height of existing fence
Type of the fence
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is severely overgrown. It requires clearing and re-fencing. A few graves are well-maintained. There is a garbage dump on the cemetery site.
Number of existing gravestones
17
Date of oldest tombstone
1957
Date of newest tombstone
1998
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 determined. It was not marked on old maps. According to testimonies of locals and the dates on the preserved gravestones, it can be assumed that the cemetery was established after WWII. The earliest records of the Jewish life in Vovkovyntsi relate to 1737. In 1784, 98 Jews were inhabitants of Vovkovyntsi. In 1847, 583 Jews resided in the town. By 1897, the Jewish population reached a peak of 1,168 (56% of the total). In the 19th century, Jews were engaged in crafts. The local Jews owned three mills. Three synagogues operated in the late 19th century. In 1923, the Jewish population reduced to 965, and by 1939, this figure dropped to 764. The German troops occupied the town on July 17, 1941. 396 Jews were executed at the Jewish cemetery in 1941-43. 280 Jews from Vovkovyntsi were deported to Derazhnya, where they were murdered in September 1942.