Surveys in Ukraine

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

L'viv Yanivs'ke Jewish Cemetery

Drone survey :
L'viv Yanivs'ke Jewish Cemetery
Historical map and perimeter :
L'viv Yanivs'ke Jewish Cemetery

Country:
Ukraine
Region:
Lviv
Settlement:
L'viv
Site Address:
15, Yeroshenka Street. The cemetery address is 15, Yeroshenka Street. Enter the site through the gate at the crossroads of Yeroshenka and Zolota streets.
GPS coordinates:
49.85068,24.00226
Perimeter length:
1590 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
No
Type and height of existing fence:
Type of the fence. The cemetery is surrounded by a metal fence on a concrete foundation with concrete pillars. The fence of 1.8 metres height.
General Site Condition:
Jewish section within municipal cemetery. The cemetery is well-maintained. The fence is in good condition.
Number of existing gravestones:
About 8000
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1939 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of Newest Tombstone:
2014 (latest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Fence is not needed (already fenced)
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Drone surveys:
Yes

The cemetery was established in 1855. In 1930, its boundaries were extended. First, it appears on Polish topographic maps of the 1930s. The cemetery is still operational, and the oldest preserved gravestone relates to the first half oh the 21st century. The Jews and Karaites settled in the city in the mid-13th century when the city was founded. From the14th till 19th century, two Jewish communities existed. These community had their synagogues and community institutions, but they used a cemetery that was emerged in 1441 together. In 1550, the Jews numbered 559 and 352 in these two communities. In the 15th century, the local Jewish community played a significant role in building rapport with Turks. In the mid-17th and 18th century, the Sabbateanism and Frankism were spread among the Lviv Jews. The Hasidic dynasties became active in the late 18th century. In 1838 seven Hasidic synagogues operated. The emergence of the Haskala movement faced resistance in religious circles. In 1844, a reform synagogue was established. By the late 19th century, the Zionist movement became active. In the mid-18th century, the Jews were allowed to enter high schools and universities. In 1910, 1,500 (33%) Jews were enrolled in L’viv university. During the WWI, the Jews were attacked by the Cossack troops in 1915 and suffered the pogroms (in May and November 1918) which claimed the lives of 206 Jews. In the interwar period, Lviv community became one of the main Jewish centres in Poland. Three Jewish high schools provided instruction in Polish and a Hebrew pedagogic institute maintained by the community. From the late 19th century until WWII, L’viv was one of the centres of the Jewish typography. The Jewish population grew intensively from around 31,000 in 1880 to 57,000 (27,8% of the total population) in 1910. In the interwar period, the Jewish population was constantly increasing: in 1921 it numbered 76,900 and reached 109,500 (33% of the total population) by 1939. The figure of 150,000 Jews resided in L’viv shown the incessant flow of the refugees from German-occupied Poland. In late June 1941, the Wehrmacht troops occupied L’viv. 3,000 Jews were murdered, the Jewish cemeteries were vandalised, and the synagogues were burnt during the pogrom on the first days of occupation. In early 1942, the Janowska concentration camp was established. During the occupation, about 13,000-15,000 Jews perished in the camp. In March 1942, the Jews were deported to the Belzec death camp. On August 10-23, 1941, around 40,000 Jews were executed, remnants were placed in the L’viv Ghetto. 3,400 Jews were registered in L’viv after the liberation. The synagogue operated after WWII and was expropriated in 1962. In 1988, the Jewish religious community was registered, and in a year a synagogue building was returned to the community. The chess grandmaster Alexander Beliavsky (born in 1953), a mathematician Mark Vishik (1921 – 2012) and many other famous Jews were born in L’viv.