Slovechne Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located opposite No.7 Brotska street.
GPS coordinates
51.38468, 28.34197
Perimeter length
344 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
The cemetery is not fenced, in places a moat is visible.
Preservation condition
Unfenced Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is covered with seasonal vegetation which has been mowed.
Number of existing gravestones
There are about 100 gravestones.
Date of oldest tombstone
1798 (the earliest tombstone found by ESJF).
Date of newest tombstone
1940 (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. However it can be assumed to have been established no later than the end of the 18th century, as the earliest preserved tombstone dates to 1798. It is marked on a map from 1890-1910s.

Jews first began to settle in Slovechne (Ukr. Словечне, Rus. Словечно, Yid. סלאָוועשנע) in the mid-18th century. During the 19th century, the Jewish population grew from 444 in 1847 to 885 (56% of the town) in 1897. In 1919, during the Civil War, 60 Jews, including children, were killed in a pogrom at the hands of Petliura’s troops. There were 879 Jewish residents living in Slovechne in 1939.
After the Germans arrived in August 1941, the Jews of Slovechne were transferred to Korosten’ and murdered there, while Jews from nearby villages were killed in Slovechne itself.
The exact date of the establishment of the cemetery is unknown, however the oldest tombstone dates back to 1798.