Ternivka Oldest Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery Information

Site address
The cemetery is located to the left of the house at 74 Partizanskaya Street.
GPS coordinates
48.54753, 29.97498
Perimeter length
304 мetres
Is the cemetery demolished
Type and height of existing fence
Not fenced
Preservation condition
Demolished and overbuilt Jewish cemetery
General site condition
The cemetery is demolished and the site is now an empty field used for farming. The site is used for growing vegetables and trees are planted on the site. According to local’s, the last burial on the site was moved to another cemetery around 30 years ago.
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 the Commission on the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, the cemetery was established in the late 18th – early 19th century. According to locals, the last grave on the site, belonging to a soldier, wasThe first mention of four Jews living in Ternivka is from 1765 when the region belonged to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
In 1793, after the Second partition of Poland, it came under the control of the Russian Empire, and became a part of the Podolia Governorate (Podolskaya Gubernia). In 1847, the Jewish community of Ternivka numbered 611. In 1897, 2823 Jews comprised more than half of the total population of 5364. A private Jewish boys’ school operated in the early 20th century. In the early 20th century there was a synagogue and 3 prayer houses. The Jews of the town made a living through trade, shop keeping and manual labor.
Pogroms during World War I and the civil war in Russia claimed 11 Jewish victims.
After 1922, Ternivka became a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic within the USSR. A Jewish council, a Jewish kolkhoz, and a Yiddish school for 300 students were established in Ternivka. The Jewish population of Ternivka was 3081 in 1926. All private commercial activities were quashed during the period of Soviet rule, all three synagogues were closed down in 1935.
The Germans occupied Ternivka on July 29, 1941, with a few Jews fleeing eastwards. Within a short time, the Germans had established a ghetto, forcing into it the entire Jewish population of the town. Some Jews from neighboring areas who had managed to survive the first weeks of the occupation also came to the Ternivka ghetto. Almost all the Jews of Ternovka, along with the other Jews from the region totalling 2300-2500, perished in a mass killing on May 27, 1942. The ghetto was finally liquidated on April 2, 1943. Only a few individuals managed to escape the ghetto and survived until liberation on March 12, 1944.
In 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ternivka became a part of the independent Ukraine.
The oldest Jewish cemetery of Ternivka was established in the late 18th or the early 19th century. It was demolished around 1990, and the plot is used as a flower and vegetable garden.
moved to another cemetery in the 1990s.

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