Surveys in Ukraine

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Dunayiv Jewish Cemetery

Historical map and perimeter :
Dunayiv Jewish Cemetery

Country:
Ukraine
Region:
Lviv
District:
Peremyshliany
Settlement:
Dunayiv
Site Address:
Following the main road leading out of the village, take the first right turn into the field and proceed for 500 metres. Cross the field and look for a road leading into the forest. At all forks in the road, take the right road. The cemetery is located 500 metres into the woods.
GPS coordinates:
49.60611, 24.85499
Perimeter length:
520 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
No
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Unfenced Jewish cemeteryю. The cemetery is neglected and overgrown, most tombstones are broken, the stones are covered with moss
Number of existing gravestones:
60
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1840s (earliest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Low
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Drone surveys:
Yes

Information on the cemetery’s establishment is not known, but the earliest found gravestones dates back to the 1840s. The cemetery was marked on an Austrian map from 1880. Presumably, the cemetery was operating until WWII. The first records on the Jews in Dunayiv date back to 1629. In 1765, 50 Jews were living in Dunayiv. In 1880, 331 Jews resided in Dunayiv (18% of the total population). In 1900, the Jewish population numbered 338 (14% of the total population). During WWI, many Jewish houses, as well as the synagogue, were destroyed. By 1921, the Jewish population was reduced to 95 (4% of the total population). During the 1930s, a synagogue and a heder were operating. The entire Jewish population of Dunayiv was deported in September 1942.