Shatava Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located adjacent to the house at 37, Komarova Street.
GPS coordinates
48.77341, 26.71115
Perimeter length
280 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
Fenced by ESJF in March 2021.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The site is fenced and well maintained.
Number of existing gravestones
About 160. Vegetation on the site does not allow to establish the exact number of gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
Date of newest tombstone
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. The oldest preserved gravestone relates to the second half of the 18th century, so it can be assumed that the cemetery emerged during that period. According to epigraphic data, the cemetery was operational until the late Soviet period. First, it appears on Russian maps in the 1920s. Later it was marked on Polish maps of 1939.

The Jews were present from the 16th century. In 1765, 164 Jews were inhabitants of Shatava. According to the revision of 1847, the Jewish population reached a peak of 1,136 (42,5% of the total). According to the census, 725 Jews (34,3% of the total) lived in the town in 1897. In 1926, in the Soviet period, the number of Jewish residents was 434 people. On July 10, 1941, the Germans occupied the town. During the occupation, 300 Jews of Shatava and its outskirts were murdered.