also known as: Kisapsa (HU), Apšica (CZ), Voditsa (RU), Apshitsa (Yid)
48°04' N / 23°57' E
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Vodytsya was part of the Kingdom of Hungary (11th century - 1918 and 1938-1944) with the name of Kisapsa in Máramaros megye (county), next part of Czechoslovakia (1918-1938) with the name of Apšica in Podkarpatská Rus (Sub-Carpathia), then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1945-1991) with the name of Voditsa and, since 1991, known as Vodytsya, in the Rakhivsky rayon (district) of Zakarpats'ka oblast (county) of Ukraine.
In Yiddish, Vodytsya was known as Apshitsa.
Vodytsya is located about 12 miles W of Rakhiv (Rahó).
Jews probably settled in Vodytsya in the late 18th century.
By 1921, during the Czechoslovakian period a number of Jews were engaged in agriculture, while others were involved in the trades and commerce.
With the Hungarian occupation of Vodytsya in March, 1939, Jews were persecuted and pushed out of their occupations. In 1940-41, Jews from Vodytsya were drafted into forced labor battalions and others were drafted for service on the Eastern front, where most died.
By 1941, Jewish families without Hungarian citizenship were expelled to Nazi occupied Ukrainian territory, to Kamenets-Podolski, and murdered there.
The remaining Jews of Vodytsya were deported to Auschwitz late May, 1944.
A great many of the Jews from Vodytsya were murdered in Auschwitz and any survivors settled elsewhere.
In 2001, Vodytsya had about 1,882 inhabitants and no Jews live there today.
Sources (portions): Budapest
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