formerly POROSKŐ, UNG MEGYE, HUNGARY, a subcarpathian village


Ruth Saul, whose grandfather William Friedman was born in Poroskő Hungary in 1860 or 1862, in front of sign for Poroshkovo, Ukraine, July 1997.

Modern Town & Country Other Names c. 1950
After WWII
Town / Country
c. 1930
Between Wars
Town / District /
Province / Country
c. 1900
Before WWI
Town / District /
Province / Country
Poroshkovo, Ukraine
48°40' 22°45'
368 mi WSW of Kyyiv
Poroshkovo [Ukr], Poroskő [Hun], Poroškov [Slov], Poroshkov [Rus], Poroschkowo [Ger], Poroshkovoye, Poroshkove Poroshkov

Soviet Union



Link to JewishGen locality page including maps and other links

Topographic map showing Ungvar and Poroskő  (map is a cropped image from 1910 Ung Megye map, with Ungvar and Poroskő circled)

Sub-Carpathia SIG page

Jewish cemetery (Page 1, from Lynn Saul's 1997 visit)  including images of gravestones, transcription of names and death dates, and list of names

Jewish cemetery, copies and additional images, from The Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine UNDER CONSTRUCTION--WILL BE RE-ACTIVATED SOON!

Photos of village, 1997

Photographs of former residents

Lynn Saul's description of her July 1997 trip to Poroshkovo:

In July, 1997, my mother, sister, and I traveled from Uzhhorod, Ukraine, on a winding road through the beautiful mountains of the subcarpathian region toward Poroshkovo, which our driver insisted is not a town but only a "mountain village."  On the way, we passed through Nevtc'ky, saw a castle on top of one mountain, and drove through Perecyn, where we saw beautiful gardens and fields by the river and a small but bustling market in the center of town.  All the houses have beautiful designs on the portals around the windows.  We drove through Simer, which our driver told us is a wine region that hosts a well-known wine festival every year.

All along the road were raspberries, and fields of corn, and beans on poles.  There were red and white flowers everywhere.  When we visited in 1997, the previously collectivized land was being reassigned to individuals, but our driver told us that many people were afraid to work the land, thinking it would be re-collectivized.

In the village of Rakova, we observed many new houses being built.  We then passed through Ursika, which means "Honey Park."  The region, and the city of Ushhorod, are named for the river Ush, which means "snake."  (In Hungarian, it was Ungvar, and the river Ung.)  The next village was Potetasinfeld, and after that we arrived in Poroshkovo.

We made contact with the town land clerk (whose work was primarily reassigning collective farms to individuals), and she took us to the small cemetery that had been identified as containing Friedman family graves.   We were able to confirm that this was our family because of names and the fact that most of the men were Cohanim. 

Our Friedman family were tenant farmers and raised cattle.  They also had a timber business and sold grape stakes for the many vineyards in the area.


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