Surveys in Ukraine

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Stara Sil' Jewish Сemetery

Drone survey :
Stara Sil' Jewish cemetery
Historical map and perimeter :
Stara Sil' Jewish cemetery

Country:
Ukraine
Region:
Lviv
District:
Staryi Sambir
Settlement:
Stara Sil
Site Address:
The cemetery is located in the woods 500 metres south of the Sant Paraskeva church.
GPS coordinates:
49.48488, 22.96245
Perimeter length:
234 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
No
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
Number of existing gravestones:
30
Date of Oldest Tombstone:
1782
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Medium
Land Ownership:
Property of Municipality
Drone surveys:
Yes

Information on the cemetery’s establishment is not available, but it was marked on a map from the 1880s. It can be supposed that it was partially demolished after WWII. The Jews began to settling in Stara Sil’ in the early 17th century. In the 18th century, a Jewish community emerged. Salt extraction was the main area of the employment. Jews were active in salt trading. A synagogue was built in 1765 and ruined during WWII. The Jewish population numbered 416 (31% of the total population) in 1880 and was reduced to 211 by 1921. In the early 20th century, many Jews emigrated from the town. The Wehrmacht captured Stara Sil’ on July 2, 1941. The Jewish population was deported to the Sambir ghetto in March and August 1942.