Ozeryany, Ukraine

"Ozeran" (Yiddish)

"Озеряни (Ukrainian) " , "Озераны (Russian)" , "Ozierany (Polish)" , " אוזייראן (Hebrew)" ,

Lat: 50° 28'N, Long: 26° 02'E

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Updated: June 2015

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    A Jewish cemetery is still in existence in Ozeryany today. When it was surveyed in 1994 by the International Jewish Cemetery Project, the complete survey of the cemetery site in Ozeran was listed as follows:

    "OZERYANI I (WOLYN 2): US Commission No. UA17110101 Alternate names: WOLYN 2, Jezierzany (Yiddish), Uzierany (Hungarian), Yezerzani (Polish), Oziran (Russian) and Ozerany (Ukraine). Ozeryani (Wolyn 2) is located in Rovenskaya at 50° 28 26° 2, 19km from Rovno. Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews. The earliest known Jewish community was 18th century. 1939 Jewish population (census) was 796. The Jewish cemetery was established in the 19th century with last known Jewish burial 1941. No other towns or villages used this unlandmarked Hasidic cemetery. The isolated agricultural hillside and crown of a hill has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a private road, access is open to all. No wall, fence, or gate surrounds the cemetery. 21 to 100 common tombstones, most in original location with more than 75% toppled or broken, date from 19th to 20th century. Location of any removed stones is unknown. The cemetery contains no known mass graves. Municipality owns property used for Jewish cemetery and agriculture (crops or animal grazing). Properties adjacent are agricultural. The cemetery boundaries are unchanged since 1939. Rarely, private Jewish or non-Jewish visitors stop. The cemetery was vandalized frequently in the last ten years. There is no maintenance now. Within the limits of the cemetery are no structures. Vegetation overgrowth is a constant problem, damaging stones. Very serious threat: uncontrolled access, weather erosion, pollution and vegetation. Serious threat: vandalism." (International Jewish Cemetery Project database, submitted by Kirjner Moisey Davidovich, September 28, 1994).

    The following photographs of the Jewish cemetery in Ozeryany were taken in 2009 and appear courtesy of Jeanne Barron and Sim Barr Fidel:


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