Memorial book of Jezierna

Translation of the
Sefer Jezierna
(Ozerna, Ukraine)

Published by the JewishGen Press
part of Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.
Editor of Original Yizkor Book: Y. Sigelman
Project Coordinators: Suri Edell-Greenberg and Talila Charap-Friedman
Reproduction of Photographs: Maury Greenberg
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz, Impulse Graphics
Layout: Jonathan Wind
Name indexing: Stefanie Holzman
8.5” x 11” hard cover with original photographs

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In 1920, Jezierna (modern day Ozerna, Ukraine), located between Ternopil' and Lviv, became part of the new Republic of Poland. Most Jews in the town made their living as merchants, artisans, and tradesmen: bakers, carpenters, locksmiths, and orchard keepers. Some sold flax, honey, or wheat. Many of the grain mills and oil presses were Jewish-owned. The community supported a large synagogue, study house, cheder, and a four-grade secular Jewish public school. Three Zionist organizations emerged by the mid-1920s. A Jewish National house-Hatikvah House-was bought and renovated, eventually housing a library of Yiddish and world literature, pioneer training, and a drama club. Jezierna was occupied by the Nazis in July 1941, and entered a reign of terror and murder. Jews were often simply grabbed off the street and shot. A forced labor camp was set up, with Jews brought in from many neighboring towns. When the last Jews were expelled to Zborow in July 1942, only about 1,000 were left; Jewish Jezierna had ceased to exist. This book is our memorial to our village and its martyrs.


Ozerna, Ukraine is located at 49°38' / 25°20' and 237 miles WSW of Kyyiv

Alternate names for the town are: Ozerna [Ukr], Jezierna [Pol], Azierna [Yid], Ozernyany [Rus], Yezirna, Ozernyani, Ozërnaya, Uzirna, Uzyerni, Yezherne, Yezhyerna


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Kozliv 6 miles S Zolochiv 23 miles WNW
Zboriv 9 miles WNW Sasiv 24 miles NW
Zaliztsi 10 miles N Zolotnyky 24 miles S
Yezezhanka 11 miles W Burkaniv 24 miles S
Ternopil 13 miles ESE Strusiv 24 miles SSE
Novyy Oleksinets 16 miles NNE Darakhov 25 miles SSE
Kozova 16 miles SSW Vishnevets 26 miles NE
Pomoryany 18 miles W Narayiv 26 miles WSW
Mikulintsy 20 miles SE Pidhaytsi 27 miles SSW
Zbarazh 20 miles E Pochayev 27 miles NNE
Pidkamin 21 miles N Vyshnivchyk 28 miles S
Stryyivka 22 miles E Holohory 29 miles WNW
Berezhany 22 miles SW Terebovlya 29 miles SE
Dunayev 22 miles W Bilyi Kamin 29 miles NW

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