Chuhuiv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The territory of the site is located east of No.4 Tereshkova street.
GPS coordinates
49.83822, 36.67302
Perimeter length
244 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
There is no fence. There are fragments of fences belonging to surrounding private territories. It is surrounded by a ditch.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is covered with dense seasonal vegetation. It requires clearing. Garbage from the Christian part of the cemetery is being dumped on the Jewish one. Military unit is located nearby. Low altitude flight of helicopters.
Number of existing gravestones
There are 10 gravestones and 4 fragments (one of them is pre-revolutionary, it is illegible).
Date of oldest tombstone
1893 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1992 (the latest tombstone found by ESJF).
Urgency of erecting a fence
Land ownership
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. Given that the oldest preserved tombstone dates to the late 19th century, it can be gathered the cemetery was founded before/in that era. According to local historian Meir Landau, the tombstones belonged to cantonists. He also stated that certain Kharkiv citizens seized and privatized the land on which there are still matzevot (inside the fence); the City Council did not interfere and there are concerns that the cemetery will not be looked after or preserved by them.

The city of Chuhuiv (Ukr. Чугуїв, Rus. Чугуев, Yid. טשוהוּיעוו) had a small Jewish community: only 187 Jews lived there in 1897, when the total population was 12,600. In 1939, Chuhuiv had a Jewish population of 277.
The Germans captured Chuhuiv in October 1941. 32 Jews were murdered in January–February 1942. According to the 2001 census, there were 38 Jewsliving in Chuhuiv and the surrounding areas.

The cemetery was likely established in the late 19th century. The oldest tombstone dates back to 1893.