Skalat, Ukraine

Skałat is included in the Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG).  Shtetlach were interwoven together like a tapestry and the Jewish people of neighboring shtetlach linked by marriages, trade and marketing.  They shared schools, cemeteries, kosher butchers, bakers and more.  Smaller shtetlach registered their birth, marriages and death in a nearby larger shtetl.  One should research the neighboring area as well as an individual shtetl.  The SRRG web site has resources and information that is relevant to many shtetlach.  To search for family links and learn more about neighboring shtetlach, please visit the Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG).

Variant shtetl names: Skalat Stary

Shtetl leader: Israel Pickholtz

SRRG Coordinator: Susana Leistner Bloch

Administrative District: Skałat

Judicial / Tax District (Subdistrict): Skałat

  • Latitude-Longitude: 49°26´ - 25°59´
  • Altitude: 1030 feet
  • 21.4 miles NNE of Suchostaw
  • 19.7 miles ESE of Tarnopol
Jewish Population before the Holocaust: 2,919

History and Geography:
  • From the History of the Town, by Chaim Bronstein
  • In present day Ukraine Skalat is in the Ternopilska Oblast (Region / Province).
  • Skalat Coat of Arms and Short Description/History
  • Skalat Yizkor Book (Petah-Tikvah, Israel, 1971) - The entire Skalat Yizkor Book was scanned and all the pages can be viewed in the original format. With Permission of The New York Public Library, Dorot Jewish Division.
  • There are three monuments to the Jewish community of Skalat:
    1. The Holocaust Memorial stands for the memory of what was done to the Jews of Skalat
    2. The Cemetery Memorial stands for living community that existed before the Holocaust
    3. The Skalat Holocaust Memorial in Holon Cemetery erected by the survivors families of the people of Skalat
  • YIZKOR: On Shavuot, the sixth of Sivan 5703, corresponding to 9 June 1943 the Skalat Ghetto was liquidated and all remaining Jews were killed. This day has since been chosen as the official memorial day for Skalat's Jews. Please light a Yahrzeit candle on the eve of the sixth of Sivan and say Yizkor for them.

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After emigration:
Skałat was the seat of the Skałat Administrative District (AD).

The Skałat AD included the following Judicial / Tax Districts (JD):

Changes in ADs and JDs occurred during different periods of time. ADs and JDs were designated by the Austrian Government in 1877 for the purpose of collecting Jewish birth, marriage and death records. By 1906 and until 1914. (the end of Austrian rule) new ADs and JD's were added and / or changed. A further change occurred during the interwar years (1918 -1939). This is reflected here and on the shtetl pages included in the Suchostaw Region Research Group. You will notice that, at times, more than one AD or JD is listed for a shtetl with the note: 'depending on the time period'.

Information about Administrative Districts can be found on our website. It is important for the Genealogist / Family Historian researching towns in what was formerly Galicia to understand the differences due to time periods and other factors that resulted in the changes in Administrative Districts.

The following shtetlach belonged to the Skalat Administrative District:

Grzymałów, Kałaharówka, Kołodziejówka, Krasne, Molczanówka, Ostapie, Tarnoruda, Touste (near Skałat)
Links and Databases:

When searching the links below, please remember that many towns in Ukraine have the same name. Make sure that the information you find refers to the shtetl you are researching.

  • the All Poland Database. This is a multiple database search facility, which incorporates all of the databases listed below. The “All Poland Database” enables researchers to find indices to vital and related records from the independent JRI-Poland database as well as entries from other databases. The combined databases have entries for individuals living in areas now or formerly in Poland. . It includes the following databases: JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF), Yizkor Book Necrologies, JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JewishGen Holocaust Database, The 1891 Galicia Business Directory, 1890-1891 New York Immigrants from Poland, Austria and Galicia and much more. The database is a work in progress, and new entries are being added regularly.
  • the "Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation Eastern European Archival Database" to see where some vital records are.
  • for on the Internet.
  • the JewishGen Yizkor Book Database.

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