Surveys in Moldova

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Chyhyryn Jewish Cemetery

Site Address:
Starting at the intersection of Karla Marksa Street and Chapaieva Street, move North-West. The Jewish cemetery is located in front of the Christian cemetery.
GPS coordinates:
Perimeter length:
840 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over. The cemetery site is located on the hill, and is now derelict. Some small rocks resembling fragments of matzevot are scattered around the site. Multiple stones are piled under a tree, but as the inscriptions are gone, it is difficult to determine whether they are from a Jewish or a Christian cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones:
No tombstones preserved
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Preserved Construction on Site:
There is a tsiyun erected by Meir Habai on the site, but the nameplate has fallen off. The tsiyun is dedicated to the former cemetery of Chyhyryn, to the rabbis buried in the cemetery, including Rabbi Nahman of Chyhyryn, among others.
Specific Threats:
The cemetery appears to have been dug up in spots, but the holes may have been made by rabbits and foxes.
Drone surveys:
The exact period of the cemetery’s foundation is unknown. However, as it appears on a Russian map from 1929 it can be assumed the cemetery already existed in that era.