Zaverezhye Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
Proceed from the eastern exit of the village, along the H10998 road, turning right towards Kontsy village. Continue for another 100 meters and turn left. The cemetery is located in the forest.
GPS coordinates
53.82383, 30.05469
Perimeter length
About 420 meters
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
Fenced by ESJF in October 2020.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
This is a fenced and well-maintained Jewish cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
There are 25 visible tombstones from the19th and 20th centuries, around 40% of which are damaged.
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 cemetery was founded in the middle of the 19th century, shortly after the appearance of the community, and operated until WWII. Tombstones from the 19th and 20th centuries have been preserved. There is a reburial site of Holocaust victims on the cemetery territory. In the 1970s-80s, a monument was erected.

Zaviarezha was founded in 1835 as a Jewish agricultural colony. According to the census of 1897, 259 Jews lived here. There was a large two-storey synagogue and a Jewish school. In 1938, according to local recollections, the synagogue and school were closed. The synagogue building was turned into a bakery. Jews also owned a post office and a shop. Before the war, there were about 40 Jewish families living here. During the 1930s, the Jews of Zaviarezha worked on the Komintern collective farm.
On September 12, 1941, 97 Jews were shot in Zaviarezha, and the village was burned to the ground.