also known as: Szeklence (HU), Sekernice (CZ), Sokyrnytsia (RU)
48°07' N / 23°23' E
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Sokyrnytsia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary (11th century - 1920 and 1938-1944) with the name of Szeklence in Máramaros megye (county), next part of Czechoslovakia (1920-1938) with the name of Sekernice in Podkarpatská Rus (Sub-Carpathia), then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1945-1991) with the name of Sokirnitsa and, since 1991, known as Sokyrnytsia, in the Khustskiy rayon (district) of Zakarpats'ka oblast (county) of Ukraine.
In Yiddish, Sokyrnytsia was known as Sikernitsa.
Other spellings/names for Sokyrnytsia are Sokyrnycja and Szeklencze.
Sokyrnytsia is located about 6 miles SE of Khust (Huszt).
Jews probably settled in Sokyrnytsia in the first half of the 18th century.
In 1880, the Jewish population was 378.
With the Hungarian occupation of Sokyrnytsia in March, 1939, Jews were persecuted and pushed out of their occupations. In 1940-41, dozens of Jews from Sokyrnytsia were drafted into forced labor battalions and others were drafted for service on the Eastern front, where most died.
In 1941, a few Jewish families without Hungarian citizenship were expelled to Nazi occupied Ukrainian territory, to Kamenets-Podolski, and murdered there.
The remaining Jews of Sokyrnytsia were deported to Auschwitz late May, 1944.
A great many of the Jews from Sokyrnytsia were murdered in Auschwitz and any survivors settled elsewhere.
In 2001, Sokyrnytsia had about 5,217 inhabitants and no Jews live there today.
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