Sokyrnytsia, Ukraine
Сокирниця, Yкраïна

also known as:
Szeklence (HU), Sekernice (CZ), Sokyrnytsia (RU)

48°07' N / 23°23' E

~ Introduction ~

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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 six miles southeast of Khust (Huszt).

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Zakarpats'ka oblast, Ukraine
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1910 Map: Máramaros megye/Szeklencze (Click map to enlarge it)
1910 Map (Topographical): Máramaros megye/Szeklence
Austro-Hungary Military Map: Máramaros megye/Szeklencze (Click map to enlarge it)

~ History ~

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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