Zoziv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
Starting at 68 Litvinova Lane, head northeast for 450 metres before turning left and continuing for a further 250 metres, at which point the cemetery can be located in the field.
GPS coordinates
49.33004, 29.03473
Perimeter length
138 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery has a fence installed in November 2019 by ESJF.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
This is a fenced and well-maintained Jewish cemetery.
Number of existing gravestones
4 tombstones. Only 4 tombstones are visible in the grass and bushes.
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

According to the Commission on the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, the cemetery was established in the first half of the 19th century. The last buried dates to 1941. It can be found marked on a map of the region from the 1900s.

Zoziv was first mentioned in 1518. From 1569 the region belonged to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1765, 9 Jews were present in Zoziv. In 1793, after the Second partition of Poland, it came under the control of the Russian Empire, and became a part of the Kiev Governorate (Kievskaya Gubernia). In 1847, the Jewish community of Zoziv numbered 267. In 1897, the Jewish population of Zoziv was 414, which was 11% of the town’s total population of 3732. The community had a stone synagogue and likely a beit midrash. After 1922, Zoziv became a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic within the USSR. The Jewish population dropped to 298 in 1923, and to 225 in 1926.
In 1941, many Jews fled to the East but some remained behind. The few Jews who had not been able to escape prior to the German occupation were likely murdered in spring 1942 along with the rest of the Jews of the area.
In 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Zoziv became a part of the independent Ukraine.
The Jewish cemetery is located at the north-western outskirts; the plot with the few remaining matzevot was fenced by ESJF in 2019.