Surveys in Ukraine

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Skala-Podil’s’ka Jewish Cemetery

Drone survey :
Skala-Podil’s’ka Jewish Cemetery
Perimeter map :
Skala-Podil’s’ka Jewish Cemetery

Site Address:
The cemetery is located opposite the crossroads of Zapotichchya and Persha Vysoka Streets.
GPS coordinates:
48.84974, 26.19783
Perimeter length:
231 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
Type and height of existing fence:
Type of the fence. The cemetery is surrounded by a concrete fence of two metres height.
General Site Condition:
The cemetery is well-maintained but a 20-metre section of the fence is broken.
Number of existing gravestones:
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1581 (oldest according to Yizkor), 1840 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of Newest Tombstone:
1936 (latest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Fence is not needed
Land Ownership:
Municipality/Property of local community
Drone surveys:

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. The cemetery was mentioned and marked on a map in Yizkor book “Sefer Skalah” issued in 1978. According to a memorial tablet on the entrance to the cemetery and Yizkor book, it already existed in the 1580s. The cemetery was fenced in 1997.

Jews settled in Skala-Podils’ka in 1570. In the 18th century, the Jewish population was engaged in tenancy, trade and crafts. The first synagogue was built in the late 18th century. The Hasidic courts of Vizhnitz, Chortkiv, Ottynia, Strusiw and other trends were present in Skala-Podils’ka. Ten Hasidic prayer houses operated in the town. The Jewish population reached a peak of 3,449 (56% of the total population) by 1880. In the late 19th century, an association named “Dorshey Madda” (Pursuers of Knowledge) was opened. By the same time, the Zionist organizations were active in the town. In 1908, a Saffa Berura Hebrew school and a library were founded. In a 1911 fire, the old synagogue was burned. During WWI, many Jews were expelled by the Russian army. In the war period, the Jewish community suffered attacks of the Petlyura troops, the Bolsheviks, and the Polish army. In the 1930s, antisemitism was widespreaded. The Jewish population dropped to 1,460 in 1931. By the same year, Hevra Kadisha founded a home for the aged. During the Hungarian and German occupation, the local Jews were deported to the Janowska transit camp, Belzec death camp and Borschiv ghetto. Around 150 Jews of Skala-Podils’ka survived.