Shtetl: Mohyliv-Podilskyy, Ukraine

Current names for the town are also Mogilev-Podol'skiy or Mohilev Podolsk.

Other spellings for the town, depending on language, include the following:

The Region/Province/Gubernia where Mohyliv-Podilskyy was located changed with time, in terms of name and ruling country.   From about 1900 to before WWI, the name for the Town/District/Province was Mogilev, Mogilev, or Podolia, part of the Russian Empire.  Under czarist rule, it was the district town of Podolia.  Circa 1930, it was Mogilev-Podolski, in the Vinnitsa oblast of the Ukraine, Russia.   After WWII, it was known as Mogil-Podolskiy, in the Ukraine SSR of the Soviet Union.


Mohyliv-Podilskyy is situated next to the Dniester River in Southern Ukraine.  Founded in 1595, the town is in the Vinnitsa oblast on the southern border.  (Latitude 48°27´ N, Longitude 27°48´ E)


The section on Mohyliv-Podilskyy Resources includes links to additional maps.   Here is a link to mapquest.


The Reference Listing for this shtetl includes links to documents and websites which include pictures, photos and other graphics.  Shown here are some photographs of Jewish people who once lived in and near the Mohyliv-Podilskyy shtetl.  The photos were contributed by members of the Mohyliv-Podilskyy online group.   For further information about the group, contact Phyllis Berenson,


Bertha, Schulem, and Perle Berenson - circa 1906

Simcha (Sidney) Geselowitz
and Guta (Gertrude) Weinberg – circa 1920





Laiser Blinchik (right) and
son David Blinchik

Blinchiks, including Laiser Blinchik (front row center) and others – circa 1954

Liba, David, and Laiser Blinchik




Schulim, Leah, Lena, and Mojsche Brownstein – 1910

Rose Brownstein with Berl, Schulim and Ben – 1910

Dorothy, Mark, Harry, Nettie, Anna, and baby Dora Faber - 1910





Bernie Brownstein – circa 1905

Ben and Bernie Brownstein – 1910

Sam Brownstein – circa 1904



Sholomo Chepilvoursza aka Sholomo  ben Yisroel - before 1917


Iosef Furman and Chaitke (Yusit) Furman - late 1890s


Rachel Pellish Gass - circa 1870s

Joseph Gass - circa 1940-1942


Family of Yosel Sarfas – circa 1928




Trachenbroits: Eta, Rose, Susie, Sonia, Eva (rear), Holden (Sonia husband), Marvin, and Hilda (Sonia’s children)

Trachtenbroit - Dinovitz Society





Abraham (Abe) Trachenbroit

Mordechai and Gittel (Waxman) Trachenbroit – circa 1895

Gittel (Waxman) Trachtenbroit


According to the Encylopedia of Ukraine's section on Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Stanislaw Rewera Potocki founded the town, in 1595 “at the site of Ivankivtsi village and named it after his father-in-law, Yarema (Ieremia) Mohyla (Movilă).”  Mohyla was a prince of Moldavia.   A castle was built a few years later.  From that time onward, the town was known by a variety of names.
Commercially, it became an important trading center on the trade route between Moldavia and the Ukraine; consequently, the town in Podalia grew.

Uprisings occurred in 1596 (The Severyn Nalyvaiko), 1614, and 1637-8.

In 1616 its Orthodox brotherhood set up a printing press, and in the 18th century printed books in Ukrainian, Russian, Greek, and Moldavian.

In 1648, the town became a regiment center in Bohdan Khmelntsky's Cossack Hetman state, then was destroyed during the Cossack-Polish War in 1649 and 1654.

In 1672, the town was captured by the Turks, and remained under Turkish rule until 1699. 

The town gained the rights of Magdeburg law in 1743 and developed into a flourishing economic and cultural center.

Until 1795, the town was under Polish Rule.  That ended in 1795, when Russia assumed the role.  Russia turned the town into a county center in Podilia Gubernia.

By the late 1800s, the town had regained its commercial importance.  It was once again a river port for exporting farm products.  By 1897, the population was 32,440, half of which was Jewish.

From 1917-1920, when Ukraine was striving for independence, the town was involved in many battles.  In June 1919, in a battle near the town, the Army of the Ukrainian National Republic defeated the Red Army.

In 1923 the city was officially named Mohyliv-Podilskyi. Today the city's chief industries are machine building and food processing.

Chronological History


The town was founded by Stansilaw Rewera Potocki and named after Yarema Mohyla.


Severyn Nalyvaiko uprising.


An uprising.


Jews are first mentioned as living in the town.


An uprising.


The town became a regiment center in Khmelnytsky’s Cossack Hetman state.


Chmielnicki massacres.  (Note: No mention of Jews being victims.)


Cossack-Polish war when the regiment center was destroyed.


Turkish rule.


Polish rule.  In 1765, there were 957 Jews in the town and within its vicinity.


Russian rule turned the town into a county seat for Podilia Gubernia.


David/H.Z. David Stein (father/son) moved their Hebrew press from Slopkovicz to M-P; until 1819 produced  24 books.


There were 5411 Jews in the town and within its vicinity.


Jews began emigrating and continued to do so through 1914.


There were which was 50-55 percent of its population of 32,440 was Jewish.


In October, Jewish community suffered in a wave of pogroms.


Jewish community greatly diminished in numbers.   Under Soviet rule, Jewish community suffered, its institutions liquidated.


The town was involved in battles when the Ukraine strove for independence.


The town was officially named Mohyliv-Podilskyi.


There were 9622 Jews in the town, 41.8 percent of the population.


In WWII, the town was occupied by Germans and Rumanians (1941).  The town was incorporated into the region of Transnistria.


Jews were expelled by Rumania from Bessarabia and Bukovina, sent to Transnistria.  By September 1943, Jews in Transnistria, most of whom were from Bukovina, numbered 13,184.


According to the 1959 census, about 4,700 Jews lived in Mohylev, which was 22.5 percent of the population.


The last synagogue was closed down by the authorities.


Population: 32,562



A Bibliography will be included in the future.


Resources pertaining to Mohyliv-Podilskyy are available.  Wonderful photographs, maps, and diagrams are presented.  Because of rules for this shtetlinks page, we cannot republish graphics from other websites without permission.  If permission is granted, upon request, we will gratefully acknowledge it.  A list of resources and links is being provided here.  Periodically, the list will be updated.

Several members of the online Mohyliv-Podilskyy group have travelled to the town.  The section on Travelogue & Historical Research includes a report for a trip in 2011; refer to




Cemetery at Mogilev-Podolsk (Ukraine)                       
Cemetery at Mohiliv-Podolsk, Photos by Hauster 2010

Mohyliv-Podilskyi - Old Jadish Cemetery

Mogilev Podolsk – Cemetery Project                             

Mogilev-Podolski Gravestones
Yad Vashem Photo Archive - New Cemetery

Jews in Mohyliv-Podilskyy

Mogilev-Podolski Synagogue 1928                      

Jewish Life in Ukraine’s 'last Jewish city'   


Boris Feldblyum Collection                                     

Edgar Hauster Photos - Ghetto 2010

Rostdeore Photos                                                

Yad Vashem Photo Archive

Travelogue & Historical Research       

Cemeteries, Synagogues, Mass Graves                     

Druker’s List – My Lost Tribe
Mogilev-Podolsk Photos by Gidi & Rita Shilo 2006
Mogilev-Podolsk Photos from Mechel Surkis 2010
Mogilev Podolsk Roots Trip -2012 - by Gadi Rennert

Mogilev-Podolskiy, the lost Jewish City

Pogroms – Kishineff to Bialysotk 1903-1906      

Searching for Ancestral Memories

Soviet Union’s 'last Jewish city'

Visit to Mohyliv-Podilskyi
Visit to Mohyliv-Podilskyi - Thumbnail Photos

WWII Holocaust

Children Roam Mohilev (1943)

Jews being led to forced labor

Mogilev-Podolskiy - US Holocaust Memorial Museum
RTR - MogilevPodolskiy Holocaust Victims 1941-1944


Yad Vashem: Mogilev-Podolski

Yizkor Mohyliv-Podilskyy

Memoirs, Family Stories, and Memorabilia

"Brownstein, Sarfas, and Faber: A twisted genealogical knot of inter-generational first-cousin marriages," by Marla Raucher Osborn.

   Leah (Sarfas) Brownstein (1910)

"Perle Berenson's Rembrances of Mogilev-Podolskiy." 
An Audio Recording by Phyllis Berenson.
Click to play clip.

 Perle Berenson, NYC (1912)

Searchable Databases

Would you like to connect with others researching Mohyliv-Podilskyy?

    1. Go to the JewishGen KehilaLinks Page:
    2. Click on the DATABASES option in the green strip at the top of the page.
    3. When you click on the DATABASES option, a menu will appear.
    4. Click on the Family Finder (JGFF) option.
    5. The JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) page will appear:

    6. Click on the Search button.

    7. When searching, you can specify Mohyliv-Podilskyy as the TOWN and Ukraine as the Country.

The JewishGen Ukraine Database - - is a multiple database search facility, which incorporates all of the following databases: JRI -Poland, Yizkor Book Necrologies, JewishGen Family Finder(JGFF), JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JG Discussion Group Archives, SIG Mailing List Archives and much much more.

United States Holocaust Research Institute Reading Room Information for Mohyliv-Podilskyy:


 Compiled by Joan Forman
Updated 23 July 2015
Copyright © 2015Joan Forman

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