September 8, 2020

ESJF Fences Novyy Vytkiv Jewish Cemetery in Ukraine

ESJF are delighted to report that construction is almost complete on our protective fencing project at the Novyy Vytkiv Jewish Cemetery in the Lviv region of Ukraine.

Although the exact period of the Novyy Vytkiv Jewish cemetery is unknown, ESJF were able to find references to its existence in Austro-Hungarian maps from the 1880s. The village was home to a Jewish community as early as the beginning of the 18th century, and by the late 19th century, Jews made up over 50% of the village’s population. The Jewish community suffered a number of pogroms in the early 20th century and were raided by the Cossacks during the First World War. On June 25th, 1941, Novyy Vytkiv was occupied by Wehrmacht troops, and on October 22nd, 1942, 160 local Jews were deported to the Belzec death camp. The remainder of the Jewish community was expelled in March 1943.

This site was first visited by ESJF in July 2019, as part of our EU-funded ground and drone surveys, and we are pleased to be back to ensure it receives the protective measures it deserves.

Many thanks to the Auswärtiges Amt Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, whose generous support allows ESJF to continue to protect these valuable sites.

Construction is expected to finish at the site this week.

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