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.  





Bella, Samuel, and Pauline Berenson

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








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

Laiser Blinchik (right) and son David Blinchik

Liba, David, and Laiser Blinchik




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








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





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








Mordechai and Gittel (Waxman) Trachenbroit – circa 1895

Abraham (Abe) Trachenbroit


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.

Mohyliv-Podilskyy Resources

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.


About Mogilev Podolsky

Ukraine: Vinnitsa, Mogilev-Podolsky



Cemetery at Mogilev-Podolsk (Ukraine)

Mohyliv-Podilskyi - Old Jadish Cemetery

Mogilev Podolsk – Cemetery Project

Mogilev-Podolski Gravestones

Mogilev-Podolski Synagogue 1928

Mogilev Podolskiy Cemetery List

Mogilev Podolsky Cemetery List

Ukraine – Cemetery Project                   

Jews in Mohyliv-Podilskyy

Jewish Community of Mogilev-Podolsky  

Jewish Life in Ukraine’s 'last Jewish city'   


Russia, Ukraine1882                           

Vinnitska Region, Mogilev-Podolsky           

Ukraine, Mogilev-Podolski 1991


Boris Feldblyum Collection

Edgar Hauster Photos 2010

Rostdeore Photos

Yad Vashem Photo Archive

Yad Vashem Photo Archive

Yad Vashem Photo Archive        

Travelogue & Historical Research       

Cemeteries, Synagogues, Mass Graves

Druker’s List – My Lost Tribe

Mogilev-Podolskiy, the lost Jewish City

Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Old Jadish cemetery

Pogroms – Kishineff to Bialysotk 1903-1906      

Searching for Ancestral Memories

Soviet Union’s 'last Jewish city'

WWII Holocaust

Children Roam Streets of Mohilev

Jews being led to forced labor

Monument to Righteous Men


Yad Vashem: Mogilev-Podolski

Yahad – In Unum

Yizkor Mohyliv-Podilskyy


Memoirs and Family Stories 

Memoirs and Family Stories will be included in the future.

Searchable Databases

·         JewishGen Family Finder (for Mohyliv-Podilskyy)

Would you like to connect with others researching Mohyliv-Podilskyy? Click the button to search the JewishGen Family Finder database.

  The search will be by surname and town.  You can also access JGFF by going to the JewishGen Ukraine Database (see the next link).

·         JJewishGen Ukraine Database

the JewishGen Ukraine Database - for information pertaining to Mohyliv-Podilskyy (and various spellings of the shtetl).  The JewishGen Ukraine Database is a multiple database search facility, which incorporates all of the following databases: JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF); JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR); Yizkor Book Necrologies; JewishGen Holocaust Database; Jewish Religious Personnel in the Russian Empire, 1853-1854; Vsia Rossia Business Directories. 

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


 Compiled by Joan Forman
Updated 20 September 2011
Copyright © 2011Joan Forman

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