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Kishinev Jewish Cemeteries

Kishinev Main Cemetery Kishinev Doyna Cemetery

Kishinev Main Cemetery (Skulyany)

The Kishinev Main Cemetery is the largest Jewish Cemetery in Europe. Located on flat land with a continuous masonry wall and a gate that locks, the 1,000,000 sq. m. cemetery has 23,430 graves. The oldest tombstone dates from the 19th century.

Location: Milano Street.

Contact: Tuev P. (+373-794)15654.

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Aerial view of the Main Cemetery - Open view on Google Maps

Bessarabia SIG Project for Main Cemetery

(Feb. 2017) Sector 2 was photographed and indexed. 1341 burials recorded with 1165 photos. Also there are 48 photos of Unknown Graves available at the website and from Kishinev Jewish Cemetery report. Please see the overview, maps, photos, and more at
Skulyani Cemetery Project Report on Sector 2 (pdf)
48 photos from unknown graves

(Feb. 2014)
Agreement is signed with the publisher of the Burial registry for the cemetery who allowed us to translate the records into English. We have also found a person who will start this year to photograph the tombstones. There are about 18,000 standing. Project is started and the images started to arrive.

Visit the cemetery

(review from tourist visitor in 2012) The cemetery is worth seeing while in Chisinau. Entry is free and you can easily spend 2 hours wandering around the large grounds. Be sure to find and visit the abandoned synagogue. From the entrance to the cemetery it's an immediate left and about a 10 minute walk. The graves that are quietly being eaten by the surrounding earth and trees deep inside. Several headstones stuck out, a pilot's with a large propeller atop for instance, along with this synagogue that barely remains. Aside from the few beers bottles around and those who had drank them, it's evident these graves don't get many visitors.

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Main Cemetery Gate
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View of the old Synagogue
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From the entrance, a walk left to the Old Synagogue takes one to the oldest and most beautiful part of the cemetery
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The Synagogue is in ruins...but there is still something majestic in them!
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Overview of the cemetery with the Old Synagogue behind
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Overview of the cemetery

See a Facebook photo gallery of the cemetery
Go to the Kishinev Kehilalinks Jewish Cemetery Photo Gallery

Other Informations

Welfare fund "Dor le Dor" restored some of the cemetery and pays the caretaker. Many tombstones are toppled and broken. A Holocaust memorial was desecrated in 1999. During Passover 2002, two teenagers destroyed almost fifty tombstones. The police arrested them, but claimed that their crime was not anti-Semitic. After construction in a Chisinau suburb revealed a mass grave from the Holocaust, the community alerted the government, which halted the construction and erected a memorial. In April 2003, President Voronin unveiled a monument commemorating the Chisinau pogrom on its 100th anniversary. Voronin has condemned anti-Semitism in speeches to Jewish audiences. [IAGJS Cemetery Project, March 2009]

Heavy damage in Moldovan Cemetery Blamed on Loggers 5 April 2013 - Unlicensed loggers may be to blame for damage to a Jewish cemetery in the capital, Chisinau. Unidentified individuals broke into Chisinau's Metropolitan Jewish Cemetery and caused "serious damage" to graves. Russia's Jewish News Agency reported dozens of headstones and graves were destroyed in what appeared to be the work of unlicensed loggers who had felled dozens of healthy trees. Falling timber apparently smashed some headstones. The paths are still blocked by debris and fallen branches. [IAGJS Cemetery Project, Apr 2014]

It is famous like the place of the burial of Radautithe victims of Kishinev Pogrom in 1903; in the years 1960, the lower part of the cemetery deliberately was devastated by the authorities. [Wordpress.com, Feb 2013]

Chisinau, Moldova hopes to restore tahara house at Jewish cemetery - City Hall in Chisinau, Moldova is seeking international funding to restore the ruined tahara, or pre-burial, house at the city’s sprawling monumental Jewish cemetery, the news site Jurnal reported.
"We have examples of how other synagogues and cemeteries were restored, and i if the Jewish community agrees, it could be gradually rebuilt," it quoted Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca as saying.
The cemetery, at Milano st., though ravaged and long-neglected, is the single largest Jewish heritage site in Moldova and was listed as a national monument in 2012. A clean-up action took place there in November. [jewish-heritage-europe.eu, Feb 2015]

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Doyna (Saint Lazarus) Cemetery

This is not a "Jewish Cemetery" but a town cemetery. Jewish Quarters were opened at the cemetery in 1977, on May 5.

The Doyna Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Eastern Europe with a size of 200 hectares and the Jewish section counted, in 2013, 21 sectors from a total of 268.

Location: 189 Doyna Street.

Contact: Tuev P. (+373-794)15654.

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Aerial view of the Doyna Cemetery - Open view on Google Maps
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Plan of the cemetery (Jewish Sectors in Blue)

Bessarabia SIG Project for Doyna Cemetery

(October 2014)

Kishinev Doyna Cemetery Jewish sectors were photogrpahed and indexed. 9630 records were uploaded with 9333 photos. There is a part left to be done with about 1000-1500 graves which are located in non-Jewish sectors of the cemetery.

You can review the following informations:

Images

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Overview Jewish Graves
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Overview Jewish Graves
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Below is the sign on the first Jewish grave at the cemetery (in Russian): 1977, May 5 opened Jewish Quarters at the cemetery “Doyna” SMOLYAK, A.M. ZELTSER, M, Ya.
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Overview Jewish Graves
Go to the Kishinev Kehilalinks Jewish Cemetery Photo Gallery

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