Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume 2


48°35' / 25°53'

Translation of “Dorosauti” chapter from Pinkas Hakehillot Romania

Published by Yad Vashem

Published in Jerusalem, 1980


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This is a translation from: Pinkas Hakehillot: Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities, Romania,
Volume II, page 457, published by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1980

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Translated by Michal Goldberger

Dorosauti – a village in Czernowitz district, 4 km from Vasilau (presently Vasil'ou, 48°36', 25°50') and 7 km from Zastavna (48°31', 25°51'). Today it is within the borders of the Ukraine.

Jewish Population

Year Number of Jews Percentage of Jews in
total population
1930 43 28 %

Before World War II

The Jews of Dorosauti were a branch of Zastavna community and prayed in the Vasilau synagogue. Most were merchants, primarily dealing in trading with farmers. Twenty merchants made their living working at a water mill, and one Jew owned the alcohol factory.

The rest of the population were Ukrainians and, before the Goga – Cuza government came to power (1937), there was a good relationship between the Jewish and Ukrainian residents.


When Bukowina was annexed to the U.S.S.R. (1940), the Russians came into the village. When the war between the U.S.S.R. and Romania started (June 1941), the Romanians came back. Local Jews were sent to Ocna (near the border), and there almost all of them perished, together with the Jews from Vasilau. The few who survived were deported to Transnistria.

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