October 5, 2018

Fencing to start at historic Ukrainian cemeteries

The ESJF is pleased to announce that fencing projects will begin next week at the Jewish cemeteries in Buchach, Zbarazh, and Ciudei in Ukraine.

Buchach, now part of the Ternopil region in Western Ukraine, was once one of the most important communities in Eastern Galicia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city is the birthplace of Israeli Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, and was referenced in his novels. This large, unfenced cemetery is one of the oldest in Ukraine and contains hundreds of preserved matzevot.

Zbarazh, another former Galician town in the Ternopil region, was also a major centre of Jewish life for hundreds of years until the Holocaust.

Ciudei, further to the southwest in the Chernivtsi (Czernowitz) region, is close to the Romanian border, in the historic region of Bukovina. Much like many other cemeteries in this region, this 19th century cemetery is home to many ornate matzevot.

Cemetery in Buchach
Cemetery in Buchach
Cemetery in Zbarazh
Cemetery in Zbarazh
Cemetery in Ciudei
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