Zbarazh, Ukraine

Zbaraż 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: Zbarazh [ukr, Rus, Yid], Zbaraż [pol], Sbarasch [ger], Sparach, Zbarezh

SRRG Coordinator: Susana Leistner Bloch

Administrative District: Zbaraż

Judicial / Tax District (Subdistrict): Zbaraż

  • Latitude-Longitude: 49°40 - 25°47
  • Altitude: 823 feet
  • of Suchostaw
  • 12.0 miles NE of Tarnopol
Jewish Population before the Holocaust: 2,982 - 3,631 (in 1890)

History and Geography:
  • In present day Ukraine Zbarazh is in the Ternopilska Oblast (Region / Province) . Zbarazh is the seat of the Zbarazkyi Raion (County/ District).
  • History of Zbaraz: First attested in 1211 as a strong Ruthenian fortress, Zbarazh became a seat of the Gediminid Princes Zbarazski towards the end of the 14th century. Ruins of the original castle are extant in the vicinity of modern Zbarazh. The new castle was designed for Prince Jeremi Wisniowiecki in a post-Palladian Italian idiom similar to Scamozzi's by the Dutch architect van Peyen in 1626–31. The castle was partly rebuilt in the 18th century.
  • History of Zbaraz --- an excerpt from the Encyclopedia Judaica on Zbarazh. Click on "Text" to get details.
  • In present day Ukraine Zbarazh is in the Ternopilska Oblast (Region / Province) . Zbarazh is the seat of the Zbarazkyi Raion (County/ District).
  • The Gniezna River, a tributary of the Sereth River, flows past the city.
  • Translation of the Sefer Zbaraz / Zbaraz Memorial Book
  • Zbaraz Castle
  • Zbaraz Coat of Arms and Short Description/History
  • Zbaraz Yizkor Book (Tel-Aviv, 1983) - The entire Zbaraz 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.
  • Zbarazh - Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine
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  • Monument in memory of Zbaraz victims of the Holocaust, erected by the First Zbarazer Relief Society, Inc. - Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, New York.
  • The Soviets took control of Zbaraz after the start of WW2, pursuant to the pact between Hitler and Stalin. Refugees from German occupied Poland swelled the Jewish population to about 5,000. The Germans occupied the town on July 6, 1941. Until a ghetto was established in the autumn of 1942, a number of Jews were murdered or sent to forced labour camps. After the formation of the ghetto, large scale deportations began to the Belzec death camp. The ghetto was liquidated on June 8, 1943.
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After emigration:
Zbaraż was the seat of the Zbaraż Administrative District (AD).

The Zbaraż 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 Zbaraz Administrative District:

Kujdańce, Romanowe Siolo, Stryjowka
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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