Surveys in Moldova

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Butsni Jewish Cemetery

Drone survey :
Butsni Jewish Cemetery
Historical map and perimeter :
Butsni Jewish Cemetery
Country:
Ukraine
Region:
Khmelnytskyy
District:
Letychiv
Settlement:
Butsni
Site Address:
The cemetery is located in the wood behind the house at 2, Kvitneva Street.
GPS coordinates:
49.29613,27.75460
Perimeter length:
216 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
No
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Unfenced Jewish cemetery. The site is used for cattle grazing. The cemetery is severely overgrown. It requires clearing and fencing.
Number of existing gravestones:
11. Several gravestones are buried in the ground or covered in the vegetation.
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1749 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of Newest Tombstone:
1871 (latest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence:
High
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Drone surveys:
Yes

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. Presumably, it was marked on the Russian map of 1917, but the oldest preserved gravestone relates to the mid-18th century. Jews presumably settled in the 19th century. In 1863, 182 Jews resided in Butsni. By 1897, the Jewish population reached 304 people. In 1863, a synagogue operated. In the 19th – early 20th century, the Jewish population was engaged in crafts. The Jewish population of Butsni perished during the Holocaust.