Kamyanka-Buzka New Jewish Cemetery on Shashkevycha Street

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery site is located at the crossroads of Shevchenka and Shashkevycha streets.
GPS coordinates
50.09985, 24.355183
Perimeter length
432 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
No fence
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
Private houses are built over the cemetery site.
Number of existing gravestones
No tombstones preserved
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

In 2014, Meylakh Sheykhet initiated a court case that revealed the location of this Jewish cemetery, basing on the documents which are not available for public use. ESJF could not find any other evidence that this cemetery existed. It does not appears on old maps. Nowadays there are no visible traces of the cemetery.

The first records of Jews date to 1465. In 1589, the Jewish community obtained the right to purchase houses and engage in trade. In 1627, the community got permission to build a synagogue. 552 Jews lived in Kamyanka in 1765. In 1837, Sholom Rosenfeld (1800–1852) founded the Hasidic dynasty. In the late 19th – early 20th century, the Jewish population was constantly growing from 2,922 (47.8% of the total population) in 1880 to 3,549 (43.8% of the total population) in 1910, it reached the peak of 3,142 people and almost the half of the total population 48.4% in 1890. During WWI the condition of the Jewish community worsen, and by 1921, it numbered 2,685 (41.2% of the total population). In the interwar period, the Zionist movement was popular among the Jews. In 1931, the Jewish population increased again to 3,283. On June 28, 1941, the Wehrmacht troops occupied Kamyanka. On September 15, 1942, around 1,500 Jews were deported to the Belzec death camp.