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 of Buchach, Zbarazh and Ciudei in Ukraine.

Buchach, today in the Ternopil region of Western Ukraine, was once one of the most important communities in Eastern Galicia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Jewish and later Israeli Nobel Prize laureate, S.Y. Agnon, was born in the town and referred to it in his novels. The large unfenced cemetery is one of the oldest in Ukraine and contains many hundreds of preserved matzevot.

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

Ciudei, further to the south and west in the Chernivtsi (Czernowitz) region, is close to the Romanian border in the historic region of Bukovina. In common with many cemeteries in this region, this 19th century cemetery possesses many ornate matzevot.

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