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Medvedivka Jewish Cemetery

Country:
Ukraine
Region:
Cherkasy
District:
Chyhyryn
Settlement:
Medvedivka
Site Address:
From the intersection of Zaliznyaka Street and Zelena Street, head North-West to find the cemetery site.
GPS coordinates:
49.16743,32.39296
Perimeter length:
372 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
Yes
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Demolished Jewish cemetery that has not been built over. The southern part of the cemetery is derelict, while the northern area is now a field for crops.
Number of existing gravestones:
No tombstones preserved
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Low
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Preserved Construction on Site:
The site contains a recently erected monument dedicated to the cemetery which used to be there, erected by Medvedivka natives who now live in California, USA.
Specific Threats:
Agricultural use.
Drone surveys:
Yes

The locals cannot recall the Jewish cemetery, but some remember their parents telling them about it. According to locals, almost the entire Jewish population of the village left after the collectivisation in the late 1920s. Moreover, many left during the Civil War, meaning the cemetery was demolished a long time ago. Farmers have occasionally found bones while ploughing the land.