Memorial (Yizkor) Book
of the Jewish Community of Buczacz, Galicia

Translation of
Sefer Buczacz: Matsevet Zikaron Le-kehila Kedosha
(Buchach, Ukraine)

Published by the JewishGen Press

Original written in Hebrew
Edited by Yisrael Cohen
Published in Tel Aviv, 1956
Book Layout: Thomas Weiss
Translation Project Coordinator: Norbert Porile z”l
360 pages, 8.5" by 11", hard cover, including all photos and other images

Available from for $38.00


The history of Buczacz is a microcosm of the history of Galician shtetls and yet Buczacz was a more prominent shtetl than many in Galicia. As a spiritual center for Galician Jews, Buczacz produced a number of prominent rabbis, many of whom are named in the Yizkor Book. The town was a center for scholarship as can be seen in the long list of books by Buczacz authors. Buczacz produced prominent internationally known scholars including: Shmuel Yosef Agnon (winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966); Schlomo Freud (grandfather of Sigmund Freud) and several generations of the Freud ancestors; Emanuel Ringelblum (historian, politician, and Holocaust chronicler); Simon Wiesenthal (post-World War II Nazi hunter). The Jewish community of Buczacz was organized to produce a wide variety of social and religious services including, a hospital, an old-age home, an orphanage, as well as a synagogue, and a prayer house. The community contained a heterogeneous mix of orthodox, secular, and Zionist Jews. Despite its history of episodic ethnic and class violence, Buczacz remained a multi-cultural community in which the various ethnic groups lived in mostly harmonious interdependence until the ethnic cleansings of World War II and its aftermath. Today, Buchach (as it is now called) is inhabited largely by Ukrainians; there are no Jews left and few Poles.

This Memioral (Yizkor) Book describes the history and geography of Buczacz, details the social and economic life of the town, names many of the prominent people, details the destruction of the Jewish community, and gives the Holocaust-era fates of many families.

Today this book serves as a memorial to the Jewish Community that no longer exists there.

The town is also know as Buchach [Russian, Ukrainian], Buczacz [Polish], Betshotsh [Yiddish], Butschatsch [German], Bucac [Czech], Butchatch, Bitshutsh.

Buczacz is located at 49°05' North latitude, 25°24' East longitude. It is 246 miles WSW of Kiev


Nearby Jewish Communities:

Barysh 7 miles WSW
Yazlovets 8 miles S
Vyshnivchyk 10 miles N
Monastyryska 11 miles W
Sokolov 11 miles SSW
Palashëvka 11 miles SE
Zolotyy Potik 12 miles S
Romanivka 12 miles NE
Zolotnyky 14 miles N
Burkaniv 14 miles N
Koropets 14 miles SW
Budaniv 15 miles ENE
Darakhov 16 miles NNE
Dolyna 17 miles ENE
Nyzhniv 17 miles WSW
Pidhaytsi 17 miles NW
Yahilnytsya 18 miles ESE
Zavalov 18 miles WNW
Chernelytsya 18 miles S
Chortkiv 19 miles ESE
Horishnya Vyhnanka 19 miles E
Strusiv 20 miles NNE
Ustya-Zelene 20 miles W

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