Orikhiv Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery was behind the SPD Petrov plant on Pesochnaya street (No. 10A).
GPS coordinates
47.56553, 35.7622
Perimeter length
It was not possible to find out the perimeter.
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The plant is fenced. The clearing where the cemetery was located is not fenced.
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery was demolished and partially overbuilt by the plant. The site is overgrown and abandoned. Building materials are strewn about everywhere. Vyktor Petrovich, the former manager of the central MUNICIPAL cemetery, says that there was no Jewish sector at the common cemetery, but there was a cemetery behind the SPD Petrov plant, it was demolished around 1990-2000. There are no gravestones left.
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

According to KSEN, the oldest gravestone dated to 1962, the newest one to 1990. The territory of the cemtery was almost completely destroyed by a bulldozer in the period 1986-1992.  The testimonies of the locals confirmed this. It cannot be found on maps of the region.

Orikhiv (Ukr. Оріхів, Rus. Орехов, Yid. אָרכעוו) had a Jewish presence from the very beginning of its history: Orikhiv received town status in 1801, the same year a cheder was opened. The community suffered from the pogroms of May 1881. There were 971 Jews (16% of the total population) in Orikhiv in 1897. The community maintained a synagogue, two cemeteries, and Jewish schools. During the Civil War, Jews were attacked in a pogrom in 1919. In 1939, Orikhiv had a Jewish population of 358 (4% of the total population). Some of the Jews were able to evacuate before the German arrived in October 1941. Most of the remaining Jews were killed at the beginning of 1942. According to the 2001 census, there were 10 Jews in Orikhiv and the neighbouring areas.

It is not known when the cemetery was founded. It was demolished between 1986–92. According to a local resident, there used to be another Jewish cemetery behind the SPD Petrov plant. That cemetery appears to have been demolished in the 1990’s.