Central Square (Rynek)--Jewish
Commercial Center of Stryy
A Very Brief Introduction to
Stryy is located in Western Ukraine (formerly Eastern Galicia) about 40
miles (65 kilometers) south of L'viv. To view a map of the area on Google Maps, click
Variants on its spelling include Stryj
(Polish), Stryi, Stryia, and Stry.
Throughout this page the "official" JewishGen spelling of "Stryy" will
be used, unless a different spelling is used in a specific document
Stryy was first populated by Jews in the late 1500's. The
synagogue was built in 1660. After Poland was partitioned, Stryy became
part of the Austrian Empire in 1772, at which time there were about 440
Jewish families in the town and suburbs. After World War I, Stryy was
part of the area that became a free and sovereign Poland. The town had
a Jewish population s 10,988 in 1921 and about 12,000 in 1939.
The Germans occupied Stryy on July 2, 1941, and hundreds of
Jews were immediately killed. In November 1941, 1,200 Jews were shot in
the Holobotow forest. Several depotations to extermination camps took
place beginning in September, 1942. Between June and August of 1943 the
Stryy ghetto and labor camps near the town were liquidated. When the
Soviet army occupied Stryy in August, 1944 there were only a few Jewish
survivors. No Jewish community was re-established.
Until 2001, no memorial had been established to
commemorate the thousands who were killed at Hobotlow. Due to the
generosity of Prof. Adam Zielinski, a former resident of Stryy, a
memorial has been placed at the spot. In 2006, Dr. Zielinski arranged
for improvements to the monument. A detailed article describing the
placement of the memorial can be viewed at "Memorial to the
Martyrs of Holobotow".
More historical information about Stryy can be found in the
section A History of Stryy,
from the book Chasydzi of The Past: The Story of
Stanislawowsko-Kolomyjsko-Stryjska Lands, by Kamil Baranski.
Pictures of Stryy
Other Stryy Information on
this Web Site
Other Stryy Resources on the
JewishGen® Web Site
Other Web Sites with
Information Relating to Stryy
Memoirs and Family Stories
Other Stryy-related Links
Non-English Web Sites
- Sefer Stryj (Book of Stryj), N. Kudish
ed., Tel Aviv, Former Residents of Stryj in Israel, 1962
- Encyclopedia Judaica (Jerusalem: Keter
Publishing, 1971), s.v. "Stry"