Translation of the

Yizkor (Memorial) Book
of Horodenka, Ukraine

Published by the Yizkor Books in Print Project

part of Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.

Original Yizkor Book Edited by: Shimon Meltzer
Published in Yiddish and Hebrew in Tel Aviv, 1963
Translation Project Coordinator, Mark Heckman
558 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images


The history of the Jewish community of Horodenka in Eastern Galicia began in 1743. Only in the eighteenth century did the Jews become a significant part of the town. In the period of 1870 to 1927, the average percentage of Jews in the town's population was between 33% and 40%. The rich Jewish culture that developed in the town is described in this book. It all came to an end in June 1941, when the Nazis invaded Russian territory; according to reliable evidence about 3,000 adults and children were murdered in 1941 and 1942 in three “Actions.” Several young Jews escaped this fate by joining the partisans in the forests on the other side of the Dniester River. Thanks to their eye-witness accounts and the memoirs of other residents who left before the war, we have this book which provides a picture of the town, so that researchers and descendants of emigrants from the town can learn of the history of this once-thriving Jewish community that no longer exists.

Also known as Gorodenka. Located at Latitude 48°40' and East Longitude 25°30'.



This history of my family's home 'shtetl' contains information that was never discussed by my grandparents living here in the United States. I highly recommend this Yizkor book to everyone who has searched for information on Horodenka—and I know there are several perhaps cousins engaged in the hunt on the Jewish Genealogy website. I'm so happy to see the translation from the original Yiddish (and German) that makes this important and valuable information accessible to everyone. Thanks for the hard work and care that went into making this Yizkor Book of Horodenka possible.
Susan Ulanoff


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