Surveys in Ukraine

ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Staryy Dobrotvir Jewish Cemetery

Drone survey :
Staryy Dobrotvir Jewish Cemetery
Historical map and perimeter :
Staryy Dobrotvir Jewish Cemetery

Staryy Dobrotvir
Site Address:
The cemetery was located on the site of the houses 4 and 5, on Nova Street.
GPS coordinates:
Perimeter length:
219 metres
Is the cemetery demolished:
Type and height of existing fence:
No fence
General Site Condition:
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery. Private houses are built over the cemetery site.
Number of existing gravestones:
No tombstones preserved
Urgency of erecting a fence:
Fence is not needed (overbuilt)
Land Ownership:
Drone surveys:

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. First, it appears on Austro-Hungarian maps of the 1880s. Later it was marked on Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (WIG) maps of 1939. Jews are first mentioned in the second half of the 16th century. In 1564, a miller and a butcher were Jews. By the 1820s, the Jewish community was established, the Jews maintained a synagogue and a cemetery. In the19th century, Yosef-Yitzhok Katz and Yitzhok-Ayzik Ravar served as rabbis of Staryy Dobrotvir. In 1880, the Jewish population stood up 379 (13% of the total population), and it slightly grew to 383 (11.6% of the total population) by 1900. WWI negatively influenced the number of the Jewish population, and it dropped to 216 Jews (7% of the total population) by 1921. In the 1920-30s, the local branches of the different Zionist organizations were active. In autumn 1942, the Jewish population of Staryy Dobrotvir was executed.