Surveys in Ukraine

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Drohobych New Jewish Cemetery

Drone survey :
Drohobych New Jewish Cemetery

Historical map and perimeter :
Drohobych New Jewish Cemetery

Site Address:
22, Street P.Orlyk. The cemetery is located opposite the house at 22, P.Orlyk Street.
GPS coordinates:
Perimeter length:
851 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
Type and height of existing fence:
Type of the fence. The cemetery is surrounded by an old stone wall of 1.5 metres height. Some parts of the wall are ruined. It requires re-fencing. The cemetery gates are locked. The key is with the chairman of the Jewish community.
General Site Condition:
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery. The cemetery is partly demolished. There are traces and foundation of about 100 vandalised gravestones on the demolished part. The cemetery is partly overgrown. It requires clearing.
Number of existing gravestones:
About 400. Preserved gravestones relate to the 20th century.
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
Early 20th cent
Date of Newest Tombstone:
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Traces of Vandalism:
Yes. Some gravestones on the site are vandalised.
Land Ownership:
Property of Municipality
Mass Graves on Site:
Yes. A memorial to the 265 Jewish victims of the mass murder on November 19, 1942, is located on the cemetery site.
Drone surveys:

The cemetery appears on a cadastral map of Drohobych of 1853. Presumably, it was established around that date. The cemetery was operating after WWII, the latest burials relate to the 1970s. The earliest records of the Jews in Drohobych relates to 1404. According to that records, the Jews was involved in salt mining, tax farming and distilling. In the 15th century, 20 Jews lived in the town. Jews were expelled from Drohobych from 1578 to 1635. In 1663, 75 Jews resided in Drohobych. In 1648, the Jewish community suffered from the Khmelnytskyi massacre. The Jewish population grew to 1924 (29,6%) in 1765. In the 17th century, most of the Jews were engaged in trading, crafting, salt production and agriculture. The Hasidic thoughts spread occurred in the 18th century. In 1880, the Jewish population increased to 9,131 (50.1% of the total population). In the late 19th century, 80% of the employees in the city’s oil refineries were Jews. In 1897, after the First Zionist Congress, the Zionists organizations commenced establishing their offices. The number of the Jewish population stood up 8,603 in 1900. In the early 20th century, the newspaper Drohobitzer Zeitung was published weekly in Hebrew letters and German language. The Jewish population reached 15,313 (42.3% of the total population) in 1910. In the same year, yeshiva operated. In the WWI, the Jewish community was attacked by the Cossack troops. In the interwar period, all the branches of the Zionism movement were active. A Beth Jacob Jewish school for girls operated. The Wehrmacht troops occupied Drohobych on July 1, 1941. The mass shootings of the Jews took place for three months. In February 1942, 12,781 Jews were in the ghetto. By the end of 1942, after the deportations to the Belzec death camp in March, August, October and November 1942, more than​ 3,000 Jews remained in Drohobych ghetto. In ​early June 1943, the ghetto was liquidated. About 400 Jews were in the city at the moment of the liberation. In 1992, about 200 Jews resided in the town. The brothers Mauricio (1856-1879) (realist painter of the Romantic period) and Leopold (1883-1934) (modernist painter) Gottlieb were born in Drohobych.

3D model allows us to get topographical information from the site with high accuracy later we use this model to produce a proposed design with fence that could be constructed for the site preservation.
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