Skala-Podilska Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located opposite the crossroads of Zapotichchya and Persha Vysoka streets.
GPS coordinates
48.84974, 26.19783
Perimeter length
231 metres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is surrounded by a concrete fence of two metres height.
Preservation condition
Fenced and protected Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is well-maintained. The fence is in good condition. About 30 gravestones were brought back and stored next to the entrance to the cemetery site.
Number of existing gravestones
Date of oldest tombstone
1581 (oldest according to Yizkor), 1840 (oldest found by ESJF expedition)
Date of newest tombstone
1936 (latest found by ESJF expedition)
Urgency of erecting a fence
Fence is not needed
Land ownership
Property of local community
Preserved construction on site
Drone surveys

Historical overview

The exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. The cemetery was mentioned and marked on a map in Yizkor book “Sefer Skalah” issued in 1978. According to a memorial tablet on the entrance to the cemetery and Yizkor book, it already existed in the 1580s. The cemetery was fenced in 1997.

Jews settled in Skala-Podils’ka in 1570. In the 18th century, the Jewish population was engaged in tenancy, trade and crafts. The first synagogue was built in the late 18th century. The Hasidic courts of Vizhnitz, Chortkiv, Ottynia, Strusiw and other trends were present in Skala-Podils’ka. Ten Hasidic prayer houses operated in the town. The Jewish population reached a peak of 3,449 (56% of the total population) by 1880. In the late 19th century, an association named “Dorshey Madda” (Pursuers of Knowledge) was opened. By the same time, the Zionist organizations were active in the town. In 1908, a Saffa Berura Hebrew school and a library were founded. In a 1911 fire, the old synagogue was burned. During WWI, many Jews were expelled by the Russian army. In the war period, the Jewish community suffered attacks of the Petlyura troops, the Bolsheviks, and the Polish army. In the 1930s, antisemitism was widespreaded. The Jewish population dropped to 1,460 in 1931. By the same year, Hevra Kadisha founded a home for the aged. During the Hungarian and German occupation, the local Jews were deported to the Janowska transit camp, Belzec death camp and Borschiv ghetto. Around 150 Jews of Skala-Podils’ka survived.

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