Obj. ID: 10365
Jewish Funerary Art Jewish cemetery in Berdychiv, Ukraine
According to ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, the exact period of the cemetery’s establishment is unknown. It emerged no later than the early 19th century, as the earliest preserved tombstone dates to 1809. Burials are from the end of the 18th century. It is marked on the Russian map of the 1900s, on the German reprint of these maps of 1918 and on Red Army map of 1941. The cemetery is fenced only on the western side. Several gravestones on the western side are located behind the fence. The keeper says that the building on the east and the road near the gas station (north) have been built on the territory of the cemetery. A path above the ground was built. It leads to the ohel on one side and on the other side, a "Jewish center" is planned. There are probably more than 5,000 gravestones. The Shoah monument at the entrance was originally financed by the Jewish community in 1953 and erected over the mass grave near the airfield. It was dismantled by the authorities on the following day. The monument was rediscovered and placed in its current place in 1990. The ohel over Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s grave was built in 1991. 50 tombstones were vandalised in 1996.